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Do You Have a Child Moving into a College Dorm or Apartment?

MovingIt’s that time of year when kids are getting ready to move into their college dorms or apartments. Are you ready? Having had four kids go through this, I consider myself a pro at this process and want to help all of you out who may be facing this for the first time.  First of all, take a deep breath, it will all work out! I promise. Here are some ideas to help you out:

Think Storage and Organization

Since your college student will have limited space, the goal is to create as much space as possible and be organized. Purchase bed risers to create storage space under the bed. You can contact the housing department to find out the exact bed dimensions if it is not located on the school’s website. You have limited space, so the goal is to figure out how to create more space. (Generally, a twin is 39″x75″ and an XL Twin is 39″x80″.) Bed risers can add up to 8” of storage space, enough for a couple of under the bed storage containers for clothes and whatnot.

Since there is little room for a night table, consider purchasing a bedside caddy that can be attached to the bed such as this one from BedBathandBeyond.com, click here to view.


They always have that dreadful overhead light in the room, and who wants that on at 2 am in the morning? Use a clamp-on light such as this LED clamp spotlight from IKEA that comes in many colors and is so inexpensive you could get two and place them on either side of the headboard for maximum light!


Some colleges offer safes in the room or safe rental for your college student’s valuables. You can turn to a company where you can purchase various locks and safes, click here for some ideas. Along that note, you may wish to contact your insurance company and see if your child is covered under your homeowner’s insurance or if you need renter’s insurance.


In a college dorm room or rented apartment you are given rules, this should not hinder your decorating! Here are a few tips to help you in this endeavor:

  • I love this idea from ChasingPaper.com where you can purchase beautifully designed paper that is peel and stick and easily removed when it’s time to move it. You could use it as a backdrop for pictures, as a design on a plain wall, to outline a door, let you creative ideas go on this one! Click here to view the options.
  • Use Washi Tape to create frames on the wall! This tape is peel and stick tape that can be easily removed. Click here to view many options from Target.
  • You can hang things using the Incredible 3M wall hangars that are not permanent. Click here to check out the many options.

I hope the transition goes well for both you and your college student!

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Decorating for a Dorm or Apartment

Packing for new houseIt is that time of year, when parents are packing up kids and transporting them to their college dorms or first apartments – a time of much excitement!

I wanted to offer some decorating ideas that were different – obviously going to one of the big box stores is an obvious quick and inexpensive decorating option – keep on reading for some unique ideas!

Use your own artwork or Wall Decals

blog-august-eiffel-towerIf you have some favorite photos make them into affordable but personalized wall art!  Go to Snapfish.com and create full photo posters then frame for a desired look.  Another option for inexpensive wall art is a wall decal that can be easily removed without harming the wall from AllPosters.com.  Depending on your style there are many available options and price ranges in wall decals; it will be hard to choose!

Use a memory board or inspiration board to personalize your space!  Pulling in photos or quotes is a fun way to quickly achieve this look!  (Photo HGTV.com.)

If you’re looking for unique wall art, go to Etsy.com!  To search for some affordable wall art, enter ‘Wall art’ as your search item and under ‘Sort by’ select Lowest Price.  You will be amazed at the options that are available offering your college student or first time apartment dweller a distinctive look.

blog-august-dorm-shelfStorage and Multi-Purpose Space Ideas

Here’s a contemporary look for shelving that doesn’t take up much space from TheGoodLifeOnCampus.com.

HGTV.com recommends that during the day you add decorative throw pillows to change the bed into a sitting area.

While researching for this blog, I found a great website with photos and explanations on how to loft your dorm bed if the college does not provide this option, click here to read more.  Lofting your bed allows you to fit more into a small space.  Potentially you could fit a futon under a lofted bed for a comfortable sitting area.

For some fabulous ideas on how to deal with storage in small spaces, click here to read this blog from ApartmentTherapy.com.

For a free design consultation – you can get your own personal dorm/apartment design recommendations from Dormify, click here to learn more.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and happy moving!

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Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .