There are many ways to make your dorm room feel larger. All it takes is a little imagination and some creativity, as well as cooperation from all who live it it. Because you’re now college students, you should have plenty of both. Your dorm room will feel larger when:
1. Put up large bright wall posters of attractive landscapes, mountain and ocean scenes. If there are no or tiny actual windows in your room, put up posters where the images are framed as if you were looking out the window at favorite pictorial scenes.
It can add fun if some of the scenes are of the surfaces of bright planets, views of outdoor music concerts, or colorful sports events. The framed window scenes can give the windowless room the feeling of less confinement and offer the pleasure of looking out at the colorful world and beyond.
2. Don’t clutter up the walls with groups of small pictures or darkly colored ones that may give the illusion that your room is smaller than it actually is. Use the big posters to keep away the confused clutter feeling.
3. Consolidate your furniture. If there are as many as four occupying the room, use stacked two-level bunks instead of beds.
4. Desks and chairs are necessary for a room full of students, but they don’t need to take up too much space. Keep all furniture flush against walls, allowing a large, uncluttered middle area to give the impression of more space.
5. Build wall shelves above each desk, where residents can stash computers, books and other everyday student needs.
6. There’s an old Navy command that may apply to everyday needs to keep the dorm room feeling larger. It is: “Clean sweepdown, fore and aft.” Set up daily duty schedules so that there’s one roomie assigned to sweeping, getting rid of trash and otherwise neatening up scattered shoes, clothing and everything else that could make the room looked lived in … by a colony of chimps.
7. Keep as much gear as possible in wall lockers and closets. Put shelves and pole racks in so that everything can be stored and removed with minimum clutter to the room space.
Efforts to make your dorm room feel larger should be a shared task for everyone who resides there. Assigning each person duties in a schedule where all participate can make living together pleasant and conducive to the purpose you’re attending college. That is to get your education with as little distraction and messiness as possible.