August 26, 2013

Doing up a dorm room right


“Many department stores offer them in a variety of fashions — my favorite being the green one with zebra stripes,” she told the Press-Republican in an email.

“My past roommates and I used it to create wall art, decorate the cork strips that come in our room and seal our boxes before we put them in storage in May.”


When it comes to floor coverings, Kretser noted, using multiple little rugs is not advised in a small space.

“I would suggest doing one larger rug,” he said. “One larger rug will make the room appear larger than multiple smaller rugs.”

And the same goes for wall art.

“I would steer away from doing multiple small things on one wall,” he said, as that too will make the room appear less spacious.

Instead of cluttering walls with small photographs in mismatched frames, Kretser recommends organizing pictures and keepsakes in albums or scrapbooks that can be easily accessed and shown to friends.

When entertaining or hosting a dorm-room study session, he continued, floor pillows make for great seating.

In addition, pushing one side of a twin-sized bed against a wall and adding large pillows can give a mattress more of a sofa feel, Kretser said.

Storage space should also be considered when arranging a dorm room.

“Small rooms need to be neat and tidy,” Francis said.

Bed risers, according to Kretser, create valuable space beneath one’s bed frame, where items like books and out-of-season clothes can be stored in plastic containers.

“I feel like it’s a must for every college student to have bed risers.” he said.


To avoid incurring a damage bill or violating their college’s policies, including fire code, students should review their specific school’s rules and regulations regarding residence halls before decorating or modifying dorm rooms.

“The biggest issue for us with decorating is staying within the fire standards,” Moulton said.

For more information about residence hall policies at SUNY Plattsburgh, contact the Housing and Residence Life Office, located in Algonquin Hall, room 103, at 564-3824.

At Clinton Community College, the Faculty Student Association, which oversees Residence Life at the school, is located in office 112 of the Main Academic Building and can be reached at 562-4372.

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