Knowing that you’re going to be living in a residence hall pretty much screams “I have nothing to work with what-so-ever… great.” At any standard college, you’d be 100% right. You’d be thrown into a tiny, beige, poorly lit, rectangle room, with all your stuff as well as a roommate. Your options would be extremely limited. You’d be stuck with having to put up a poster or two (if your college/university even allows it) and therefore not bringing any of your personality to your room that you will be living in for the next whole school year. However, Champlain isn’t a standard college. At Champlain, you are placed into a tetris-piece shaped room, in a restored Victorian mansion, with enough room for you, your stuff, your roommate, and then some. You are given free range to express yourself through interior decoration (with the exception that you don’t make any holes bigger than the size of a dime. Trust me, that- hopefully- won’t be a problem).
As nice as Champlain residence halls are, every little tip, trick, or hack is helpful. Take a look at these 10 DIY res hall hacks!
While this one may seem like a no-brainer, Command Hooks are one of the simplest ways to make creating your nook a little bit easier. Use them to hang towels, pictures, or even twinkle lights. You can also put a few next to each other and use them as a mount for a mirror. Command Hooks are so versatile. If you don’t have some, go out and get some; they’re both convenient and cheap!
Shower Caddy Shelves
Not a lot of shelving in your room? Take a metal shower caddy that you would normally hang over the shower head, decorate it, then hang it on the wall (using those oh so handy command hooks) and use those shelves to your advantage! Put some books up there, a little plant, or even your cosmetic products.
Wanna add a little sparkle to your room? The easiest and coolest way to do this is with the addition of twinkle lights. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have ones that include a remote to change the color and speed! These might just add a little more flair to your room.
This may not seem like too much of a hack, but lofting your bed can make all the difference in your space. After lofting your bed, you can arrange your desk and even your dresser under it so that you have more space in your room. Plus, after putting your desk there, add some twinkle lights and you’ve created your own little study nook!
Sick of staring at a huge empty wall? Tapestries are perfect for that! Have a lot of tapestries and not enough places to hang them? Fold one up and tack it above your window; they make great curtains and add some much needed color.
Looking for a creative way to display your pictures from home, or posters from your favorite band? Use colorful Washi tape to hang them up and create bright, colorful, geometric borders around your pictures to look like frames.
Okay so this one might seem a bit… odd, but take a silverware organizer and put it in your desk drawer. Use all the different spots in it to organize all your pens, pencils, paper clips, or whatever else you have. It’ll keep things neat and organized and easy to find whenever you need them.
Looking to make your room a little nicer than the standard? Create your very own headboard for your bed: take a giant piece of cardboard, glue or tack your own favorite pattern to it, and voila! A new headboard.
Okay, okay, this one is a little self-explanatory, but still a super helpful and necessary trick. Go buy one of those Glade plug-ins or a Bath and Body Works Wallflower and use it! Even if you are the cleanest person in the world, your room WILL smell sometimes. Sometime windows won’t open (or during the winter, forbidden to be opened to prevent pipes from bursting) so your room will get a little musty. Freshen it up with the smell of autumn leaves, lavender, or tropical breeze.
One of the simplest way to create space is having adequate storage. Even though the residence halls do provide you with dressers and desks, it’s always nice to have more space to keep your stuff organized. Milk crates are versatile and come in a variety of color colors and patterns. They can be used to store your books for class, your extra clothing, or even your shoes.
With these little tips and tricks, you are now able to transform your res hall room into a living piece of art. Now go on, get to decorating! You deserve to make your home away from home actually feel like home. Also, for those who live off campus in apartments, these hacks still work just as well for you!
Rachel Hatem is a senior Business Administration major with a specialization in Event Management.