Shopping for your first dorm room isn’t easy, especially if you’re a guy who isn’t into spending a day at the store. Trying to pack for a weekend trip is difficult enough without forgetting something vital and kicking yourself later. Now imagine how much worse it gets for someone moving out on their own for the first time ever. Do away with long, tedious lists of every minute trinket you need for your room, down to the individual paperclip and necessary highlighter colors. With this list of 12 must-have dorm room essentials for guys, you’ll be able to breeze through the aisles and get everything you need as painlessly as possible.
Dorm rooms are not exactly the epitomes of health, tidiness, and cleanliness. In fact, those that cause the envy of the whole floor are few and far between. This is quite surprising considering that with a bit of effort, as well as an investment of time and money, it is possible to make the dorm room look much more inviting and comfortable. Thus, it is time to take action and get into the art of personalizing, decorating, cleaning and reorganizing your student home.
We love watching home remodeling and decorating shows, and we’re big on pinning stylish spaces on our Pinterest feed. But even with all the inspiration and know-how, we still need some help making our plain dorm room go from drab to fab.Transforming your room can be one of the coolest parts of living in the dorm. But did you know that by being yourself and expressing your own, unique style, you could win a $1000 college scholarship?
Being far from home can be intimidating. This is especially true when you’ve moved into a tiny, unfamiliar dorm room with a stranger for a roommate. However, with a few simple ideas, you can turn your cinder block residence hall into a home away from home. These tips will help you get started on creating a personal space you’ll love coming back to.
Bland is so not us. We want a room that screams fun and festive! Our space should be totally and unapologetically our taste. Bright and bold dorm room styles is what we’re after, and we’re not going to compromise with bland, boring neutrals. If you’re the type of student who’s looking to make a splash with your bedroom, here are a few must-haves to make the look.
Glam and dorms don’t easily go together. Plain cinder block walls and ugly tiled floors are just about as opposite as you can get to fancy and flashy. But if you’ve got a classy and sophisticated taste that you’re not ready to sacrifice for dorm life, we’ve got some tips that will work for you.
When you get your first roommate assignment, you might be tempted to go out to the store and immediately start buying everything you want to decorate your dorm room with. But hold up! Before you start putting your favorite bedspreads and picture frames into your shopping cart, remember that you have a roomie who’s going to want to decorate, too. Plus, you don’t want to duplicate your shopping and end up with two TVs and no extra lighting. In order to make sure your dorm room looks good and has everything you need, here are some tips for coordinating your shopping with your new roommate.
It’s official: you’ll be spending next year living in the dorms! Whether this will be your first year in a residence hall or your fourth, you’re probably dreading the whole dorm room shopping ordeal. But you can make shopping a breeze by following these simple tips.
Here at OCM, we know a thing or two about dorm rooms. So when we put out a call to see what our fans and readers were doing to transform their dorms, we were blown away by what you sent in! The #dormgoals submissions that came in gave us loads of style inspiration.But with a $500 first prize on the line and two $150 OCM gift card and care packages for our runners up, the competition was on. Our Facebook page fans chose, and we couldn’t agree more with these fashion-forward winners!
We're excited to announce the launch our Dorm Goals challenge! After spending the summer shopping for your dorm decor, conquering a hectic move-in day, and getting into the swing of the semester, you are probably well on your way to settling into your new dorm. You likely put a lot of thought into how you wanted to decorate it -- whether it's shabby-chic, preppy, or has a beachy, west coast vibe. The sheer fact that you're reading our blog shows that you find dorm style important! So now that you've achieved the dorm vibe you were going for, you deserve to show it off.That's why we set up our Dorm Goals 2016 Challenge. Post your stylish dorm room photo to social media, use #dormgoals and tag @OCMdotCOM, and fill out our form to submit your entry -- it's as simple as that. Not only do you get to show off your interior design skills, but you have the chance to win some awesome prizes.
A few years ago, the word “preppy” was totally out when it came to style and design. But now the clean-cut, ultra-smart look is coming back with an updated twist. Whether you’re a boy or girl -- and whether you like plaid or polka-dots -- designing a dorm that fits the college prep style is easier than ever. These four ideas can get you started on the essentials for designing a perfectly preppy dorm room.
For the last couple of years, style has completely been dominated by mandalas, boho, and wavy loops and circles prints. While super cute and fun, for those of us who just want a little organization in our lives, seeing so many 'nonconformity' patterns can throw us off. Fans of geometric shapes and patterns, however, can rejoice because the age of the defined shape is back -- especially in dorm room style. We picked out our top 4 dorm room finds for those who love geometrics to help you get started.
Do you want cool, chic, totally in-style fashion for your dorm room? Look no further than the trend that is taking over just about every part of interior décor: ombre! Using a color scheme that goes from one light shade to a dark shade (and sometimes vice versa), this pattern is effortless to fit in with almost every theme or color imaginable. Ready to take on ombre? We picked out four fashionable dorm room ombre ideas you can duplicate on a budget.
Looking for the perfect mix of vintage, bohemian, and modern? Meet the indie style! Inspired by funky patterns, muted colors, and antique touches, the style combines your favorite trends in one killer arrangement. Designing an indie dorm room is easier than it sounds, and with these tips, you can pull it off in even the smallest space.
Making the transition from your bedroom to your dorm room is a big deal. That’s why it’s important to pick out a style that you like at an affordable price. No one knows more about this topic than College Dorm Designer Stephanie McDade. Stephanie made an appearance on Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act, where she shared helpful tips about shopping for dorm room necessities.
The “it” color of 2016 is coral. It’s bright and fun but still an earth-tone at heart. We especially love it when it’s in the Catalina mandala pattern found in our popular bedding paks. If you’re digging this boho style, we’ve got plenty ideas on what to match it up with. Here are our 7 favorite accessories to pair with Catalina Coral!
Are you sick with an incurable case of travel envy? Does your heart long to travel to far off places or to explore destinations no one else you know has? Then you may have a case of wanderlust. Wanderlust is especially common among college students who may not like the idea of being tied down to their dorm room on one college campus. After all, there's a whole world to explore! The good news is that you can cure your travel FOMO by designing a dorm room that’s an ode to your wandering heart. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Oh, dorm rooms, we have a love-hate relationship with you. On one hand, we’re super excited to get to live on campus, make new and likely lifelong friends, and have a place to call our own. On the other hand, we’d do anything to blow out a wall and double the size of that space.
Let’s face it -- your future dorm room isn’t going to be that dream paradise the day you move in. The truth is that most dorm rooms don't come decked out like those cool design sites. Usually designed with function over appearance in mind, you’re going to have your work cut out for you in terms of designing a bedroom and workspace that fits your personality and style. Luckily, OCM offers plenty of options for posters and wall décor that will work well with just about any theme or dorm room. It’s hard to pick, but here’s our top 3 dorm poster ideas for freshman.
Dorm room shopping is usually one of the highlights off going off to college. You finally have a room (or half of a room) that is solely yours to decorate, and you're definitely going to take advantage of the situation!One of the trendiest dorm room color schemes is gold and white; everyone loves a chic white with metallic golden decor. If you're doing some last-minute dorm decor shopping and you happen to love this color palette, read on!
This year’s dorm décor styles are all about fresh and impactful colors combined with spunky and lively designs. These six looks will breathe new life into your space by taking the best of what’s trending.
Bringing style and richness to your dorm room doesn’t require a big wallet. A beautiful print such as damask can do wonders for adding detail to a blank space. With this classic, eye-catching pattern, you can turn your dorm room from bland to fabulous. Here’s just four ways to decorate with damask.
Those of you that read my last post will know that I brought back many different things from my trip abroad. Because we would travel for fairly long periods at a time, it was really hard to bring back things that weren’t flat and didn’t take up much space in my bag.With that in mind, I brought back a handful of postcards from places because they are flat and you don’t have to worry about them breaking. I don’t know if I can technically call this post a DIY because I didn’t really do much myself, but, we can definitely file this under room decor ideas!
The stars and stripes have never looked as good as they do in your dorm room! Display your red, white, and blue in a room fit for a true American. By working with classic Americana vintage and going full on patriotic, you can create a space that shows your pride in everything U.S.A.
Knowing what and what not to pack for your first year in the dorms can be challenging. With limited space in your car and your dorm room, it's time to cut out the unnecessary stuff and splurge on the essentials. Here are items you can buy on the cheap (or leave behind altogether)—and items you should be willing to spend a few extra dollars on:
The standard dorm room is equipped with a twin bed, a desk, a dresser or bureau, and one closet per tenant. This means as you pack up and get ready to move out, you may need to simplify your belongings. No matter how much you streamline, it is very likely that you will need a little extra storage space for things like books, extra bedding or bulky winter clothes. You can shove them under the bed or in the back of your closet so they are not accessible and will most likely become “lost,” or you can invest in some smart and convenient storage solutions. There are many options out there, but dorm trunks are one of the most popular items to serve this purpose. Read on to see why they are so popular, along with tips on optimizing your limited space with the use of trunks in the dorm.