Shopping for your daughter or son’s future college dorm room is not only exhausting seeing as most likely your offspring’s taste is different than yours, but it can also be quite expensive. Once you calculate all of the necessary items your future college student needs, next comes the unessential items such as trendy bedding, designer pillows, wall décor, and storage and organizational items.
Most colleges require students to live on campus for their first two years at school – it has been proven to keep up GPA’s and keep college kids out of trouble. Seeing as your student will be confined to a 12 x 12 dorm room, half of that space being shared with a roommate, the amount of items essential for your student’s well-being is less than you think. In this instance, quality, not quantity should be your main objective when purchasing dorm room essentials. For this reason alone, storage and organization is vital. Stack-able storage bins, lofting the bed, adding a futon as a couch/additional bed, and wall storage units are all small modifications you can make to ensure the 12 x 12 dorm room seems much larger than it actually is.
After you have configured the storage/organizational units, next comes style and comfort. Since it is your child’s room, they will of course want their space to be up-to-par with their own unique style; however, comfort should be equally, if not more important than style. The average college student gets 6.5 to 9 hours of sleep a night which averages out to about 55 hours a week, hence bedding should be a priority. Whether its pillows, comforters, sheets or blankets, all are crucial to ensure your student is getting enough rest each night to guarantee they’re ready for the following day’s classes.
Embrace the summer heat and get going on dorm room shopping. It will take time, you and your student will argue over what essentials you think are the most important, but please ensure that bedding takes a top priority. Style and decor make a statement of your student’s personality, but soon they will realize just how important comfort and sleep really are. Check out our fabulous sheets or bed-in-a-bag sets on our website, Amazon.com, or Wayfair.com all from the comfort of your couch and air conditioning. Happy shopping!