You don’t have to sacrifice style just because your space is small. By combining careful organization, compact furniture choices, and smart design, you can turn any dorm or studio into a home.
For the Dorm Dwellers
CONGRATS! You’re officially a college student. Make your first year a breeze with these helpful tips and trick for decorating and navigating dorm-life.
Roommates: Simple Steps to Surviving Shared Spaces
Ah, shared spaces. They’re great if you love your roommate, but it can be quite a challenge if you and your new pal wish to live completely separate lives. An easy way to create your own place within your shared space is through the use of privacy dividers. These allow for each roommate to have their own side that is completely theirs to decorate (or not) as they please. Even though your spaces are now separated, you still need to keep up with regular cleaning. Smelly clothes and rotting food does not care about your privacy divider and will permeate your roomie’s space without a second thought.
If all else fails…
If you find yourself still struggling to get along with your roommate, the best thing to do is to sit down with them and create a set list of rules each person must abide by. To do so, you and your new roommate need to exchange general wake and sleep times, preferred noise levels, desired cleaning schedule, and contact information in case of emergency. Coming up with and signing a roommate agreement/contract together is the best way to ensure that both parties can get along while keeping any potential confrontation at a minimum. So long as you both keep your ends of the bargain, your year of co-habitation should run quite smoothly.
Midterms are coming…..how’s your study setup
I know, I know, they call it syllabus week for a reason—but it’s never too early to make sure your space is ready for those all-night study sessions (because believe me, they’re coming). If your dorm doesn’t have a desk, or it does but that desk has become your new dining table, you can create a space-saving study station with our adjustable laptop stand with built-in fan. These tabletops are perfect for those facing limited room for full-size furniture and can be easily stored under beds or in closets.
Home-Inspired Meal Prep
Many students love to meal prep as a way of keeping food costs low and their next meal ready whenever they want it. You’re probably wondering, “how the heck can I meal prep in a dorm room?”, but it’s really not hard if you have the right tools. With the help of our on-the-go blender, electric air fryer, and tabletop convection oven, you’ll have breakfast, lunch, and dinner ready in no time! Any leftovers you want to store can easily fit in our set of 18 locking glass food containers. Finally, pick up one of our double-door mini refrigerators to keep perishable foods and any ingredients fresh in the fridge and your meal preps frozen in the freezer so you can cook in bulk.
For the Studio-Pro
Studios are great first-time apartments, or solutions to living on your own without roommates. The pros: everything you could possibly need is in one room. The cons: there’s only one room. With the right furniture layout and organization, even the smallest studio can make you feel right at home.
The 2-in-1 Living Room-Bedroom
There are two approaches for setting up your new studio: open concept or hidden bed. If you choose to go for an open floorplan, we recommend opting for a 2-in-1 futon for your 2-in-1 bedroom/living room. These space-saving solutions are available in an abundance of styles and are comfortable ways to achieve both sofa & sleeper without taking up any extra space.
If you just can’t give up your bed, you should look into swapping yours out for a smaller one such as our full-size memory foam mattress and adjustable bed frame. A full mattress takes up less room than a queen, but doesn’t feel cramped like a twin mattress and is a great alternative for smaller rooms. To hide your bed from the common area, put up one of our privacy curtains to keep each respective “room” separate.
For your living room, turn to other 2-in-1 pieces to create the most of every square inch. Our lift-top coffee table boasts the same design and style that any high-end furniture store sells, but it contains a secret compartment for additional storage and can double as a tabletop or desk when sitting at the couch.
For the finishing touch on your living space, bring in a portable AC to keep cool during even the hottest months. Our easy-to-install vertical window unit doubles as a dehumidifier, so whether it’s hot, humid, or anywhere in between, you’ll always feel cool and clean.
Organizing Your Closet Space
Let’s face it, most studios don’t have closets, and if you’re one of the lucky few who do, it’s probably unreasonably small. Create additional space in your home for clothes, accessories, or cleaning supplies with one of our portable closets! You can choose from multiple colors and sizes to maximize your studio’s overall storage. For excess bedding, linens, or throws, fold them up and hide them away in one of our collapsible ottoman storage benches. These pieces simultaneously create more seating while providing a place to hide any items you don’t want out for daily use.
Less space means it’s easier to clean…..right?
Yes, but that also means it’s easier to make a mess. For most studio apartments, the main source of clutter is dirty clothes. Somehow you always manage to miss the hamper (whoops). Keep up on your laundry and prevent the dreaded pile-up with our portable washing machine! This compact washer is a life-saver for anyone sick of lugging their entire closet to the laundromat every couple of weeks.
In addition to laundry, help yourself and make cleaning take as much time as it did to make your mess by keeping everything organized and picking up any haphazardly tossed items the same day they left their defined home. If you follow these simple steps and clean as you go, you’ll never have to stress over the mess.
With these helpful life-hacks, you should have no problem making any design work for your studio (or dorm). Save big & furnish your new home with our Back to School Collection, then show us how you do big style in small spaces by tagging us with #myBCP on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our page!