How to Make a Home Room Into a Dorm


You're not yet heading off to college, but you want your bedroom at home to look and feel like a dorm room. No problem. You can make a home room into a dorm room by filling it with the trappings of college life. That includes loft beds with desks underneath, kitchen and electronic appliances, simple bedding and casual rock-music-oriented decor. The key is to make the room feel like a mini apartment, with everything you need to survive except the bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Loft bed
  • Bedding
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Bean bag
  • Task lamp
  • Bulletin board
  • Telephone
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Microwave or toaster oven
  • Kitchen cart
  • Television
  • TV equipment
  • Audio equipment
  • Laptop computer or tablet keyboard
  • Clock
  • Rock band posters
  • Plastic poster frames
  • Throw pillows
  • Framed photos of friends

Start With the Basics

  • Clear your bedroom of all the trappings of childhood. Remove old furniture, bedding and decor.

  • Paint your room white for a realistic college look, since most dorm rooms look like plain white boxes. Paint your room the color of your choice if you aren't willing to live with white walls.

  • Move college-style furniture into your bedroom. Set up a loft bed with a desk underneath. Add a desk chair.

  • Put a bean bag chair in your room for lounging.

  • Place a dresser in your room so you have a place to keep your clothes and a surface that doubles as an entertainment center.


  • Attach a bulletin board on the wall above your new desk. Add task lighting to your below-bed space, such as a desk lamp. Place a telephone on your desk if you have a land-line in your home. Hang a clock on your wall.

  • Set up a kitchen cart with appliances that are safe for use in your home dorm room, such as a small microwave oven or a toaster oven. Place a mini refrigerator on a hard surface, possibly the floor or the bottom of the kitchen cart if it's strong enough to support the weight of the mini refrigerator.

  • Set up audio equipment so you can listen to your favorite music. Consider a boom box or a speaker station for your MP3 player.

  • Place a television and DVD or Blu-ray player on top of your dresser, which is doubling as an entertainment center.

  • Place a laptop computer on your desk for typing and Internet research. Set up a portable keyboard if you use a tablet for your work.


  • Decorate your home dorm room with posters of rock bands that you like. Tape them to the walls or place them in plastic poster frames.

  • Dress your bed in casual bedding such as striped, floral or plaid comforters and matching sheets.

  • Place throw pillows on your bed that complement your bedding.

  • Place framed photos of your friends on your desk and dresser or hang the frames on your wall.

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