August 16, 2009
It's here already…back to school! Where did the summer go? Regardless of where it went or how fast it flew by, the time is here to get our act together for the fall. For lots of folks, that means getting your dorm room set up and organized. Thankfully, there are lots of resources available to help! Since time for online ordering may be running short for some of you, we're focusing on retailers with “real” stores as well as web sites.
Bed Bath & Beyond has a “Shop for College” section online. It includes a super-helpful checklist for equipping the space, and a College Practical Solutions section with solutions to common problems, like too little clothing storage or too little light. There is even a Decorating Ideas feature.
How about this Grover Beach theme for a young guy?
Ok, well, maybe it is a little over the top and packed with stuff, but you don't have to buy all of it. All of the items pictured in the example are listed below the photos of it, with prices and the option to add them to your shopping cart as you see fit. Pretty cool!
For a young woman, I think their Juliet room is a little wild and fun!
Not to be outdone, Target has a whole line of stylish dorm room decor items, including bedding, bath items, furniture and accessories. I'm crazy about this brown and blue paisley comforter ($14.99) and can see a whole room built around it very easily.
Target also has some pages put together to help you. You can click on the Contemporary Total Dorm, for example, and see photos and prices of everything they think you will need. I'm not sure if the 32″ Vizeo HDTV they show is essential or not, but maybe it is for some students! You can also view their suggested items for the Classic Total Dorm, The Trendy Total Dorm, the Dorm Lounge and different girls' and guys' dorms styles. Lots of fun stuff.
JC Penney also has their own Dorm Life section with useful resources: a checklist, tips on finding your own style, living in a small space, and doing what you need to do on a small budget. They have lots of affordable options for furnishing and decor. I love that their seating section is comprised of one faux fur butterfly chair and ten bean bag chairs! It doesn't get any more dorm-ish than that!
We hope we've given you have a few ideas for decor to get you started. We'll be back all this week with more back-to-school info, including some organizing tips!