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« on: July 15, 2007 01:53:53 PM »

Please help me and my roomate!!! We are in a classical dorm room this fall at the University of Michigan. It comes complete with white concrete walls, and our beds are both lofted up. We need some major help with decorating ideas, please anything you have can help!! I know the main things for dorm rooms, posters, etc. but I want a really original room that shows our creative sides. Any ideas you can offer with be of great help. Thank you so much!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2007 02:07:30 PM »

Fabric is your friend!  Especially the $1-a yard stuff.  If you have your bed lofted up, you can hang some from it as curtains to make a little mini-room underneath, use it for times you want a little privacy (like when you're studying), or just as somewhere to store things you don't want out in the way all the time.  You can also hang fabric to cover parts of the walls... it will cut down on the empty white space.

Get some big cushions-- they're great for when you have friends over and nowhere for a movie and they need somewhere comfy to sit on the floor.  You can get some old ones from a garage sale or something and cover them with fabric so they look new! 
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2007 05:23:45 PM »

I went through this last fall, except I was lucky enough to get an apartment-style dorm so I had my own bedroom, but it was like the size of a jail cell lol.  These are just a few things I did:
-I got a solid, reversable comforter with two sets of brightly colored striped sheets, so I could switch up my bedding every now and then and give me something else to look at since It's the biggest part of the bedroom. 
-My bed was lofted when I got there, but I chose to take the loft down and have my bed rest on a 3-drawer dresser and a bookcase, so I had a lot of storage space under my bed, and I used one of my extra flat sheets to drape over the side of my bed to hide my clutter.
-I bought some cute multi-colored polka dot scrapbook pages and some brightly colored printer paper, and I printed inspirational words in tons of different fonts on the different colors, and glued them to the scrapbook paper, and taped them up in one corner of my room...i hope that makes sense, I can get a pic if it doesn't.
-I got a few of those paper lanterns in colors that matched my bed and hung them over my bed.
-of course, I had TONS of pictures, but since I really didn't have the space to put frames, I used the rest of my bright paper and cut out background paper for some pictures and hung them around the room and on my closet doors.
-I hung things like movie and concert tickets and pictures on the hutch on my desk.

I can't think of anything else now, but I'm sure there are a few things I'm missing, hope I helped!
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2007 08:14:00 PM »

Jillie- Thank you so much for your help!! The fabric idea will help out a lot, and the cushion idea will be very helpful I think!

T0xicity- The scrapbook paper idea is going to help me now... I have tons of pictures I want to hang up! I already have a paper lantern type thing.. lol that I'm going to have too I think!

Thank you both so much!!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2007 08:19:33 PM »

The dorm I had my first year had exposed pipes, so I hung just about anything I could from them. Fabric, rope lighting, those hanging plant holders (I didn't actually keep plants, just pretty baskets to throw stuff in). And I got a lot of nice puzzles at Big Lots, put them together, slapped a few coats of puzzle saver on them then attached them all over the walls with poster tape. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2007 07:40:30 AM »

this website is amazing. especially if you are into DIY.

http://lowescreativeideas.com/oncampus/index.asp
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2007 07:52:48 AM »

One year I had a 6x9 single all to myself...oh, the joys of claustrophobia!

I created a 9 foot long mural on butcher block paper (brown stuff on a roll) and it just covered the entire wall!  The best stuff for sticking to cinder blocks w/o destroying them is strapping tape.  It's the packaging tape with stripes in it...almost impossible to tear through, but perfect for cinder block walls.

Also, if you have a closet w/o boring curtains, pull 'em down and put up easy fun colorful ones.  You can even sew patch pockets into your new curtains and you'll have instant storage (shoe pockets, anyone?)

Other idea: clothesline.  You can rig clothesline and clip onto it cards, souvenirs, postcards, tchotchkes (knick-knacks), or just trip all the tall guys who wander in your room!

Contact paper is your friend...imagine a desktop that is no longer boring white melamine or crusty peeling laminate -- but whatever contact paper you can find!

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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2007 10:32:48 AM »

Thank you everyone, you have amazing ideas, and now I can't wait to get started!

I have another question though, what would you use to hang up something like fabric? we can't damage anything so that means no nails etc.

Also lil-abi will contact paper leave any type of residue? I've always had gunk stuff come off if it's left anywhere for long periods of time!

Thanks again everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2007 10:37:43 AM »

For fabric, you can use strips of double-sided tape in a pinch.  Staples work the best, but if you can't even make TINY holes in the wall, the tape should be OK
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2007 10:38:48 AM »

Hmmm...contact paper shouldn't leave residue...but I won't swear on my unconceived first born child.

And as for attaching things...I will strongly suggest strapping tape.  It is super strong and won't damage cinder blocks, and you can use it for tons of attachments!
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