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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

Did you ever have a problem designing small spaces?  Take a look at how top interior designers solved this common problem in our latest Designer Monthly, How to Design Small Spaces at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.





Decorating Tips: Organizing the Dorm Room

You may have a child going off to college for the first time (time goes so fast!) or you may already have a seasoned collegiate who needs some organization help. What should they bring to their dorm?  Well, if their dorms are anything like mine, they probably don’t have much room or storage, and they probably share it with another student. 

My dorm room was narrow with two sliding closets, two desks and chairs and two beds. That was it. Stark simple and blah. When I went to school, they didn’t have storage places like the Container Store and they didn’t have the internet to shop around. Talk about hard! I had to go to a flea market to make my limited selections. But being a budding interior designer in the making, I got very creative with what I had.

I chose a small soft lounger – similar to the one above – which had a seablue fabric and then revolved my whole color scheme around that. I bought cheap white plastic storage crates and grouped them to form a coffee table.  Then I took some plywood - the same length as my plastic crates - wrapped it in the same blue fabric as the lounger - and laid it on top of the crates for an instant matching coffee table! In our example above, we have the Coral beanbag lounger from Joss & Main and matching QBO steel cubes from the Container Store grouped together to create a coffee table. 

The crazy looking bookcase is not an illusion by Escher, it’s the Rocky Credenza by La Chance.  Rocky holds books, lamps, and knick-knacks and is available at the A+R store. For the student who loves to rock when they’re not studying, we have guitar hooks from Bed Bath and Beyond to hang their leather jacket!

Bedside Caddy and Shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond

My roommate and I also built (okay, my roommate's boyfriend built but we supervised!) a loft bed to create more floor space for our living room section.  But that was the limit of our construction for the room.  We could have used some of these space-saving devices above. The bedside caddy and shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond solves the lack of a night table for the upper bunk bed sleeper.

If you need some privacy in your dorm room - won't that roommate ever leave?! - you may consider a room divider.  This Hang It Up room divider from StacksandStacks provides privacy plus storage.  There are magazine racks, hooks, and shelves for those study materials!

Hang It Up Room Divider from StacksandStacks

Being a design student, my favorite storage device was made by Italian (of course!) designer, Joe Colombo. The ever versatile and portable Boby trolley cart held all my art supplies in a very organized fashion. The cart had swinging drawers, shelves, tall storage for those long rolls of design drawings, and it had wheels so you could move it all around your room.

Colombo's Boby Trolley Cart



Interested in learning more about organizing?  Take a look at New York Institute of Art and Design.  At NYIAD, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Reader Comments (50)

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September 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUlus Evden Eve Nakliyat
Superb advice to decorate a dorm room. Using a comfortable bedroom will motivate me in studying. I appreciate it..
September 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Braun
Decorating the room is very nice, I hope I can apply in my room
September 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfarid
Wonderful creativity, i am inspired and would like to implement in my bedroom. Thanks
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January 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersemberani
what a great use of things , completely change the look of whole room, thanks for sharing these ideas will definitely going to try few by myself
February 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer
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February 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjames
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March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjony
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March 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlonnie
really great ideas to arrange all the useful things at one place.thanks for sharing this article among with pics so that ideas became more clear in mind
March 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersaara
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June 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfireco
In small spaces, it is especially important to keep the beds neat and tidy. Specialty bunk bed hugger comforters will do that. These fitted comforters have two tailored corners at the foot of the bed so they hug the mattress and they are shorter on the sides so they just cover the mattress. You can also get them in 4 corner fitted design to stay in place on daybeds. Fitted bedding is a modern alternative that looks lovely on any bed!

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