How big will my dorm room be?
Can I bring in my own furniture?
What kinds of decorations am I allowed to use?
Can I have a microwave?
Will there be enough space for both me and my roommate to keep our things?
If you're anything like me, these questions, along with many others, are probably taking up most of your attention as your prepare to make the switch to college in just a few short months. Since I know how many people are nervous about moving to a new place and setting up a new space, I figured I'd dedicate this week's blog post to different room decorating options and ideas!
First off, I want to stress that you can litererally decorate your room in ANY WAY you can IMAGINE!
Every single room on campus comes with the same set of furniture: two beds, two desks, two dressers, and two desk chairs. Every room also comes with two closets, some with doors and some without. The beds can be kept separate, bunked, or lofted (which means the bed is raised as high as it would be if it were the top bunk, but without the other bed underneath it). If you get a simple set of bed-risers (usually fairly cheap at Walmart), you can slide your dresser underneath your bed to create a little extra space in the room! You are welcome to bring in any of your own furniture from home, too, depending on how much space you have. The actual room size varies a little bit from hall to hall, but not by much.
You are welcome to hang up decorations on your walls, so long as they won't leave any lasting damage after you take them down. There are some wonderful inventions out there that help you put posters up on the walls without leaving any marks, though, so it's not hard to decorate! Some rooms on campus come with carpet on either all or some of the walls, which is very handy because you can put tacks and nails in the carpet without fear of causing damage. A lot of students with the carpeted walls generally hang fabric over the carpeted section, which essentially allows you to color your room however you want!
If you get a single room, you can use all the furniture yourself. Some students choose to push both beds together so they can have one big bed. When I had a single last year, I slept in one bed and designated the other one as a couch for visitors!
I love walking down the hallways and seeing how many different ways students decorate their rooms. Literally, there are as many different set-up options as there are students on campus! Some roommates choose to keep their sides of the room completely separate, whereas others choose to arrange their furniture such that they completely share the space. I hope this has helped you get some ideas for what you might want to do if/when you decide to come to William Woods! Feel free to leave comments on here if you have any other questions or simply want to chat more about some of the options!