Making Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

Leah Reed Foster, University of Georgia ’15, is a college rep for American Made Dorm.  She wrote today’s column.

Heading off to college can be a scary thing.  You leave behind your friends and family and are thrown into a new environment.  Even worse, you’re forced to share a shoebox with a potential stranger.  And how are you supposed to make this concrete box feel like something you can call home?  Well, I found that making my dorm room cozy and comfortable helped me to help me cope with all of these new changes.  Here are a few tips to help make your dorm room feel like home:

  1. Pick bedding fabrics and colors you love. I know this sounds a little self-explanatory, but the fabric you choose sets the tone for the whole room.  You can choose to go with muted colors for a more serene feel, or pick vibrant colors and make your room bright and fun.  Which ever route you choose, make sure you absolutely love it!
  2. You don’t have to match your roommate.  I know a lot of girls feel like they have to select matching comforters or duvet covers.  However, you can each show your own personality while still color-coordinating.  One of you may select a fun print, and the other may select a solid to compliment the pattern. 
  3. Curtains and Rugs make all the difference.  When I walked into my dorm room for the first time, I was appalled that someone expected me to live in a cement block.  However, adding curtains and a rug really warmed up the space.  The fabric provides a contrast and softens harshness of the floor and walls. It also can add a pop of color to break up the beige walls and floor.  Curtains also help block out that early morning sun on Saturday mornings! NEWvalance_00020W_LP_S
  4. Pictures…lots and lots of pictures. Pictures remind you family and friends from home. Soon you’ll be adding new pictures of friends whom you meet at school that become like family.

Though college can be a scary place, it is filled with so many new adventures that can be the start of the rest of your life!

Leah Reed Foster
University of Georgia ‘15
American Made Dorm® Campus Rep