Walking into your room move-in day, the initial setup was most likely some variant of the beds tucked against either wall, with dressers at the foot of the beds and desks pushed together against the back wall. That arrangement is exceptionally standard.
Many students keep their rooms set up that way for many reasons but generally because it’s easiest. It offers maximum space and clearly divided sides. But is that really most practical? Not necessarily. I have seen some people try to be ambitious and rotate their desk or dresser, but the most beds ever move is two feet off the ground for storage purposes.
Students Briana Rotello and Michelle Serra of Fordham University have chosen a fun and unconventional setup for their room with both beds pushed against the same wall. The twist? One bed is perpendicular while the other is parallel to the wall. Their reasoning was practical: One roommate wanted to be against the wall, and the other one did not. This configuration also creates an open space when you first walk into the room just big enough to sit with friends or jam to J-Biebs.
Many dorm rooms are longer than they are wide, an important tid-bit to keep in mind when designing. Switching the positions of furniture from opposites sides of the room makes the space look longer. This setup is interesting and dynamic.
The arrangement also gives the room personality. To the left of the bed furthest away is what Rotello calls her “Princess Corner.” The corner is her own isolated space where she can hop right off her throne and look glamourous in her floor-length mirror illuminated by mini paper lanterns.
The princess theme is not solely dedicated to Rotello’s special corner. Plentiful pink accents the girliness of the room. Rotello and Serra may not be riding their high horses, but they do have high beds, perfect for storing their treasures.
Another noteworthy feature of the room’s configuration is the placement of the desks and drawers set against one wall. This creates one long surface creating the illusion of more space. The illusion is just as important as actual spaciousness because it gives the room that homey and inviting vibe.
Designing a dorm room is more than just putting up pictures of your friends on the walls. Your dorm needs to be tailored to what makes you feel comfortable and at home. Taking the energy to move some furniture and create just the right feng shui is the difference between a dull dorm room, and one you cannot wait to come back to every night.
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