Setting Up the Best College Dorm Room Ever
The wee early days of college are critical in determining which dorm rooms are deemed the hangout pad on the floor vs. the ones you sprint past in order to avoid that locker room stench. Everything from the bedding to ironic electronics, like a laser disc player, will elect which bucket you will fall into. Here are a few college dorm room ideas to help you out in not getting dubbed as the weird smelly kid on the floor.
The Dorm Staple - The Bedding
A couch, a table, and a study - the bed is the focal point of the 8x8 dorm room we all call home for a few years. So it's important to be very selective in the comforter selection process. It can make or break the look of the room. Our friend, Target, is the bees knees in affordable, as well as pretty darn stylish, comforters. Here's our top pick for $50. Target usually has some killer college sales. So make sure to monitor before purchasing. We've seen the below on sale for $35.
The Kitchen - Mini-Fridge
Unfortunately for a couple years, your kitchen consists of a mini-fridge, a microwave, and whatever small As Seen on TV appliances you can smuggle in. Your mini-fridge can also serve as a dorm decoration. Target sells a neat-o Dry-Erase fridge to pass along love notes to your roomie.
Ironic Conversation Topics - The Retro Electronics
Every dorm room needs a few conversation topics to break the ice with new friends. Join the masses and get yourself a retro Super Nintendo. You'll get floor cred and will be able to kill time on snow days, reaching the high score on the original Mario Kart. ThinkGeek sells all sorts of convo starters, like the below generic Super Nintendo.
Avoid the Futon Graveyard
Anyone who is anyone has a futon in his or her dorm room. But warning, don't chince on this hangout piece, because no one wants to sit on that impossible to put together $60 futon from Bargain Madness. Trust us. You'll just be chucking it in the futon graveyard on move out day. The Mad Men throwback piece below is selling for $200 at Target, which should last you through post college years.
The Musacs - iPod Docking Station
Here's where you wow everyone with a music library that would give even give John Lennon chills. The below Crosley docking station has both the sound and the looks to put the finishing touches on moving you toward the best college dorm room on the floor.
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