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Campus Living: What Not to Pack When Heading to the Dorms

Creating Space

Make a dorm feel homey and personal with easy, inexpensive suggestions from Wendy Manwarren Generes, owner of e-design firm Wendy James Designs.

  • Rearrange furniture to make the space look bigger. Move a dresser into the closet and place desks back-to-back, perpendicular to the wall.
  • Push a bed against the wall lengthwise so that it functions like a daybed. A few decorative pillows can turn it into a sofa when friends come over.
  • Get an upholstered ottoman—it doesn't take up much space but is convenient for propping up feet or providing extra seating.
  • Discuss decor with roommates beforehand to avoid clashing colors or prints (which can make a space feel chaotic). When in doubt, get a white comforter and dress it up with pillows or a throw.
  • Put up self-adhesive temporary wallpaper. You can cover an entire wall—or just use it as an accent strip.

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