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Casa Craving Challenge: Dorm Room Digs

Every Thursday on CasaSugar, I'll give you a decorating theme and ask you to go Casa Craving for items that fit the theme. (In case you missed it, here's a post explaining what a Casa Craving is and how to create one.)

It's back to school time, so I thought we could help our dorm dwellers outfit their new digs. It's been a while since I was in college, but I still remember the often overlooked pieces that made living in a small space much easier. My secret weapon was an Over-Door Storage Rack ($19.99), which held everything from snacks to socks, and since dorms never seem to have bedside tables, this PBTeen Hi-Lite Clip Light ($35) would also come in quite handy.

What are your essential dorm-room digs? Tell me by creating Casa Cravings for the storage solutions, accessories, and accents you think would best complete the look. I'll feature the results next Wednesday, August 15. Be sure to tag your Cravings with the phrase dorm room digs. Even better, you can create a list of your dorm room digs bookmarks; TeamSugar has a great tutorial on listmaking if you're not sure how. Please let me know if you have any questions. For a list of online home stores to try,

Amazon Home
Bed Bath & Beyond
Crate & Barrel
Design Within Reach
Jonathan Adler
Lekker Home
Linens and Things
Macy's Home
Pier 1
Pottery Barn
Restoration Hardware
Room & Board
Urban Outfitters
Unica Home
West Elm
World Market

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mstinalin mstinalin 9 years
I lived in a dorm room for for freshman and sophomore year and I loved it! Freshman year I decorated my wall with fashion magazine ads, it was like a haute couture wall paper, but free! and a few pictures of my friends from home. Sophomore year I got those tiny party beads necklaces and used them to create a certain type thing for my wall to hang pictures from, very luau. Cheap is the way to go especially since it only for a few months and you can change the decor without spending a lot of money. Big plastic under the bed storage bins is a must for me! There is never enough storage space for clothing and shoes. Get a good lamp, a lot of dorm rooms have bad lighting. I used a lot of those hanger things for over the door to hang towels or wet clothing. Pretty much anything that saved room is an a+ thing to have.
greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 9 years
try to be original with your wall decor. i cannot tell you how many girls in my dorm had a) pictures of breakfast at tiffanys era audrey heppburn 2) those vintage liquor and champagne adds they push on be creative!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
yeh.. the flu bug in the dorms... goodness... that was is UNAVOIDABLE
dior_show dior_show 9 years
to be honest, moving into a dorm is exciting, but its a lot smaller and cramped than you think it will be. I just got out of dorms and my room was decorated as nicely as possible with nice storage items everywhere. literally everywhere. I did have a lot of stuff (mainly clothes, shoes, purses, jackets) but I couldn't wait to get back to my room at home. It's fun but its a huge shock, and you can't get away from people at all, you really have no privacy. and also, just a matter how hard you scrub, the toilet and shower will never look clean. (unless you have community bathrooms, than you just have to pray no one has the flu)
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Here's mine, hopefully my widget works, I have a lot of items...
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
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sgdish sgdish 9 years
Good advice not to spend too much on stuff to be shared with roommates...that way you're not angry if something gets broken. Definitely find out what the others have if you're able to communicate before school starts so you don't bring duplicates. An extension rod that hangs below the regular closet rod doubles your closet space and is not expensive!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
good tips. i worked for 6 years before i went to university the second time so i didn't live in a dorm, since i had a house worth of stuff - so this should be fun! :)
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I am soo excited about moving into my dorm!!!!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
Dorm decorating was always fun :D ps. lintacious - great tips!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Hooray for living in a dorm!
dotsca dotsca 9 years
I'm going to be living on campus for my second year and here are some of my recommendations: Having a nice bed while living in the dorms is probably one of the most important things to consider when you're back-to-school shopping. Most of the mattresses in the dorms are pretty cheap and not very comfortable so I would recommend investing in a nice mattress cover. If you can afford it, a tempur-pedic mattress pad is amazing, and I know Costco has a really good knock-off version of the Tempur-Pedic, because that's what I used! It's totally worth the money. Also, buy 2 sets of nice, soft sheets. I chose white because they are easy to clean (bleach!)and they'll match whatever comforter cover you choose. Next, if you are like me and have a double bed (or a queen) at home, save your money and just use that comforter. It feels so luxurious to have an oversize comforter and if you have drawers or a mess under your bed, it hangs down and hides it! Also, last year I wished I had bought those collabsible, canvas hanging cubes. They are perfect for T-shirts, shoes, jeans,anything really, and they save floor and drawer space. You can be sure I'm going to buy them this year! I highly recommend a trip to Target after you've arrived in the dorm, rather than before(I think lintacious mentioned this too). That way, you can go there with an idea of exactly what you need, like flatware (cheap is best! That way you won't be too disappointed if it goes missing!) and PLASTIC cups and plates that can be washed. Finally, and especially for girls, buy a full-length mirror and some double-sided tape, and stick it to the back of your door. It opens up the space a little bit and you will definitely use it. I forgot to buy one and I ended up going a whole quarter without buying one because I'd already spent most of my budget. And don't be afraid to talk to your roommate about splitting costs. If one of you bought the refrigerator, the have the other one buy the microwave and the mirror, or some other arrangement. You don't want to start the year off with any bitterness!
buttafli2112 buttafli2112 9 years
ah i ve been looking all over for decoration sites recently im so happy you did this! thanks!
dotsca dotsca 9 years
This is awesome! Thanks so much for doing this!!!
Megatron Megatron 9 years
THANK YOU Lintacious!! I am moving into a dorm type situation on the 24th.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
oh, dorm living.... back in the day. i was always a fan of those plastic drawers from target. (these: other than that, 4 years at UNC-Chapel Hill and not that much dorm wisdom to show for it, sorry sugs! ;)
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
Wow. That's the longest comment I've ever seen! This will be fun since I never lived in a dorm. Fantasy college!
lintacious lintacious 9 years
Okay im done with my bookmarks. But when I was going through the websites, I wanted to add things NOT to buy for your dorm. Let me explain: Do not buy anything not-lidded. Why? Becuause you are going to be moving A LOT (out of the dorms in may, back in in august). Any of those open-top canvas storage things, albeit they look nice, are difficult to stack in a car and then things will get loose and fall out. Sure you could empty them and stack them that way when packing, but then you'd have to put the stuff in boxes and that is just a waste of time. Use boxes (of some capacity) as much as possible. I didn't even bother with fancy Bed, Bath, & Beyond storage things, I used storage containers from walmart - you know the plastic ones with secure lids. I used those as storage in my room (just put fabric over them to spruce them up) then when it was time to move, just throw it all in the car. The under the bed ones with rollers are awesome too! Also, the shelving/drawer units you carry in a box up to your room then assemble up there - think about the difficult of moving that. Will it fit in the car easily? Can it be taken apart? Some of that stuff is kinda tricky once together. Make sure you know your room BEFORE you buy stuff! Find out what your roomate is bringing (having duplicate stuff is a dumb way to take up space in your room). Is the room a double, triple, quad? Will you have communal bathrooms or share one with the neighbors? Will you keep the bunk beds or have a loft built? (build your loft before you move everything in). Do you get a dresser and a closet? Is the room carpeted? Does it come with mirrors? Do they provide a bookshelf? Are fridges, micrwaves, etc. allowed? Does cable come with the room? I also wouldn't buy a lot of -real- furniture. I spent five years reusing $3 plastic tables. Why? It was easy to disassemble, if I lost one or it got damaged, i wasn't worried. And it supported my 13" tv just fine. Throw some fabric or a sheet over it and it looks spiffy. You don't need super nice things in a dorm room, no one really cares about your decor. Things are going to get bumped and disheveled. Also, you want things that are easily dissambled or foldable. You shouldn't need too many extra chairs but if you get some, make sure they fold! This also means you can carry them into other rooms too! Buy A LOT of power strips and extension cords. You can never have enough! Seriously! For any kitcheny items you want (assuming you have a fridge and microwave in your room), just buy paper plates and plasticware - having real dishes and silverware just takes up too much space and can be a pain to clean. Also, people forget about cleaning items! The basic items are laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets for laundry; windex, 409 (if you have a bathroom), dust cloths for cleaning your room. Don't bother with a broom or vacuum, you can borrow those from the front desk. The front desk is an amazing resource! They usually can provide you with a lot of things!! Like giving you change for laundry, loaning you cleaning supplies, even provide you with toilet paper (if you have your own bathroom). You really dont need to go out and buy a lot of things - because that is one of the advantages of living in the dorm, they provide a lot of stuff for you!! Sophomores always say that they brought too much stuff as freshmen. Remember, depending on your circumstance, you can always go home and bring back more stuff if you need it. But you probably won't! One car load should be more than enough for a dorm room! There is a huge difference between living in an apartment and living in a dorm room. A lot of stores right now are appealing to both so don't fall in the trap that because something looks neat, you need it for the dorm room. Or, "i'll buy it just incase." If anything, buy little, move in, then if you do need more, go buy it WITH your roomate the day you move in. Then you know EXACTLY what to get. And don't forget to think about portability in all of your purchases!!
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