Loft Beds And Dorm Decorating Tips
by Kathryn Whittaker
Description: Tips for incorporating a loft bed into a bedroom or dorm room.
The small size of the living area is the major issue for the
dorm room decorator. When working with such a compact space,
including pieces of furniture that double up in purpose and
function increases the room’s usable space. This way, you can
use all the space of the room, from the floor (for storage) to
the ceiling (for sleeping.) For example, you can pair a desk
and a bed by using a loft bed. You can increase the storage
space with a bunk bed. All these combinations offer tons of
creative solutions for a smart student decorator.
A loft bed takes advantage of the room space under and above
your bed. With a loft bed, you can use the space underneath to
place a desk or even a futon; with a bunk bed, you get a roomy
storage that can replace a chest of drawers. The available
space can be used for useful shelves to house books, magazines
or other items.
Loft and bunk bed units can be purchased in a store or built
from scratch by a handy do-it-yourselfer. The space under the
loft bed can be used in many ways. For example, you can arrange
a secluded study area simply by adding an armchair, a bookcase
and a lighting fixture. Bunk beds help save space doubling as
storage, so you can get rid of your large chest of drawers. You
can “find” some space in bunk chairs that can hold extra
clothes, linens, and bedding. Additional options that increase
storage under a loft or bunk bed include adjustable pole
shelving and filing modules available at IKEA.
If you don’t want your dorm look like military quarters choose
a favorite color scheme and introduce small elements of color
throughout the dorm space. You can visibly eliminate clutter by
storing your belongings in bank boxes or baskets which you can
decorate with matching fabric or wallpaper.
If you're feeling more adventurous, inject some color into the
room with paint. Choose a statement shade and create a focal
point by painting one wall. Alternatively, if you have a small
room, make the available space appear larger by choosing softer
shades that coordinate with the existing room décor. One of the
easiest ways to make a dorm appear relaxed and inviting is with
lighting. Choose your lights appropriately depending on whether
you want a soft glow or a bright, light space.
To liven up your loft bed you can use washable slipcovers in
bright colors and easy to wash fabrics such as cotton-polyester
mix. You can buy a matching set of covers for the extra seating
space under your loft bed. You can buy a great throw to
decorate your loft bed in a novelty store such as Pier 1 or
even on a flea market.
When designing your dorm space around a bunk or loft bed,
remember that even on a budget it is possible to create a tidy
and uncluttered room where everything has a suitable place. No
matter if you will be sharing a dorm room with a relative or
friend, you still can maximize creativity, minimize clutter and
help to create a one-of-a-kind dorm décor.
Kathryn writes articles on a number of
different topics. For more information on Loft Beds please
visit http://www.and-so-to-bed.com/loft-beds.html and for
additional articles on all beds
Bedroom Redos on a Budget
The Budget Decorator Bedroom Makeover
5 Ways To Brighten Up Your Bedroom, For Free!
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