Ten Tips for Decking a Dorm Room

It’s that time of year! High school seniors have decided what college they will attend in the fall, picked a roommate, and have their orientation date booked. The next step – finding out their dorm assignment!

Designing an eye-catching space is a must for girls in college these days. Unfortunately, it can be a daunting task. Not only is it a small space, but that space has to be shared with another girl. Luckily, there are TONS of tips and tricks to maximize the efficiency of a dorm room while bringing in decor that fits each girl’s personal style.

Today, we are kicking off Part I of Decking a Dorm Room! Did you know that we can help you design your/your daughter’s dorm? We sat down with SummerHouse designer Katherine Gatlin Shelton and asked her for ten of her best tips for designing a dorm room. Grab your notepad or hook up your printer.. You’ll want to keep these tips! Here is what she had to say…

  1. Custom Headboards.  Neutral linen or velvet fabric with nailhead or contrast cord.  It is smart to think resale when designing these headboards.

2. Four Drawer Bedside Chest. This needs to be tall and wide with enough storage to accommodate both girls.

3. Matching lamps to go on top of your chest.  Each girl will need her on light in her life!:)  Lamps can be colorful or neutral depending on the chest finish and overall room design.

4. Storage Ottomans for the end of each bed.  A girl can never have enough seating for company and this is a great way to accommodate guests as well as a clever place to store all of our infinity scarfs.

5. Fun Desk Chairs. This is a great place to bring in Lucite, or lacquered finishes as well as a great pop of graphic fabric.

6. Modern Art is a great way for each girls to express herself and give the room a style of its own.

7. Upholstered bulletin boards for party pics.  Great way to bring all the room’s fabrics together to coordinate the space.

8. Bedding, and make it fabulous.  You must have lots of layers.  Euro, standard, bolster and lumbar pillows, coverlet, plush duvet, and skirt.

9. Drapery to soften your window and wall.

10. Don’t Forget Your Jewelry!! Accessories are a must in our fashion and decor. Books stacked with a bowl on top.  Starburst mirrors, soft throws placed on the back of your chair, several sizes of boxes stacked on top of each other and just the right color and scale is most important.

The room pictured below is a great example of maximizing space, while creating a cozy ambiance that exudes personal style that is sure to make your girl feel right at home.

Ten Tips for Decking Your Dorm Room | Always Summer Blog

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Katherine would love to help you with your next dorm room project! Give us a call and ask for her – 601.853.4445! We hope you enjoyed Part I of Decking a Dorm Room. Stay tuned for Part II next week where we will dig deeper into designing the perfect dorm room.

Thanks for stopping by and happy dorm room decking!!!

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  1. I’m in LOVE with this dorm room design and i was wondering if I could find out where you ordered all of your stuff from???

  2. Hey Amanda! These items are from all over the place! We have interior designers on staff who can put together a very similar look for you if you’d like! 🙂 Give us a call! 601-853-4445 We look forward to hearing from you!

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