5 Area Rugs That Are Perfect for College

When your alarm goes off for your early morning class, you’ll want your feet to land on a nice warm rug and not a cold floor. While some of the newer dorms are carpeted, many still have tile floors so consider bringing a dorm rug. It will also add pattern and interest to your room. Dorm rugs also do a great job at camouflaging spills and dirt. Here are five rugs that would be great for your dorm room or college apartment.

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Pattern

It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern for your dorm rug, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling. Patterns help hide stains.

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Plush

The soft feeling of a plush rug can make a cold dorm room feel warm. Choose a dorm rug that’s shag or has high pile.

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Low Maintenance

Consider a polypropylene rug, which is the easiest to clean as well as the most stain resistant.

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Theme

Use a rug to create a theme for your room. It can be modern or traditional, a color palette or design that inspires the rest of your décor. A dorm rug is an opportunity to add a statement to your room.

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Dark Color

A dark color will help hide the fact that you haven’t vacuumed … since last semester. It will also ground your room, and provide a great sense of contrast.

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The New Freshman 15: Your College Packing Checklist

Everyone who has ever stepped foot on a college campus has been warned about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” In an effort to save its bad reputation, we’re giving it a new meaning. Here are 15 prerequisites for freshmen to create your college packing checklist:

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1. Storage Cubes

Storage cubes are great for organizing your stuff in a jiffy. Look for cubes that stack so you can maximize your space. And if you can add a drawer insert, that’s a bonus. Keep in mind your room colors and buy your cubes accordingly.

2. To-Do List

Oh, the freedom of being on your own. But don’t forget about your new friend “responsibility.” Buy a white board or some large, erasable wall planner to help you get acclimated to your hectic class routine, while still finding time to maintain an active social calendar.

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3. Desk Organizers

My notes are here… somewhere. Keep everything on top of your desk neatly in place with a paper storage box or desktop file.

4. Shower Caddy

Your living situation will help you determine what style of shower caddy you’ll need. For community showers, you’ll need a caddy you can take back-and-forth. Make sure it holds all your necessary shower items. If you’re sharing a shower with suite mates, then you can use a caddy that stays in the bathroom. Look for one that either hangs from the showerhead or suctions to the wall.

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5. Futon

No dorm room would be complete without a futon. It’s the place to hang out and also host friends who crash in your room. Find the one that suits your personality and space, and then sit back and relax.

6. Caffeine

If you’re a coffee drinker, pack your coffee maker or other caffeine-inducing contraption so you can hit your first class all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

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7. Storage Ottoman

Another space-saving solution is a small ottoman with storage. It’s a seat! A tray. A footrest.

8. Mattress Protector

Since college students come in all shapes and sizes, most schools equip their dorms with extra long mattresses. And we’ve got you covered with mattresses protectors that guard against stains and whatever else the previous occupant may have left behind.

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9. Shelves

Bookcases are great for shelving your required readings, but they’re also a fantastic way to arrange your “pantry.” There will be times when you want a quick snack, the cafeteria isn’t open, and you have exactly 25 cents to your name. Stock up on a few basics like cereal, peanut butter, and the requisite Ramen Noodles for when the late-night cravings come calling.

10. USB Drive or Cloud Storage

Have a back-up plan. This is an especially good idea when it comes to your computer. A travel USB Drive is a great way to ensure all your hard work doesn’t get lost in an instant. It’s a good idea to have a couple drives handy. One for weekly back ups and another for more frequent use.

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11. Rug

Two words: tile floors. Waking up for that 8 a.m. class is difficult enough, but if your feet have to hit the cold floor, it will be even more uncomfortable. Be sure to bring a rug to make your dorm room warmer and feel more like home. It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling.

12. First Aid Kit

Unless you’re rooming with a future doctor, it’s probably a good idea to have a small first aid kit readily available in your room. Stock it with pain relievers, scissors, burn relief cream, thermometer, anti-diarrheal tablets, flashlight, latex gloves, sterile dressings, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and an assortment of Band-Aids.

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13. Lamp

The overhead lighting in a dorm room will provide enough illumination to navigate the room, but when it comes to studying you’ll want to get task lights. A desk lamp will make studying or laptop work easier, reducing eyestrain. And if you read in bed, bring a floor lamp you can position next to your bed.

14. Cleaning Supplies

Since mom won’t be making the trip to college with you, make sure you bring along some cleaning supplies to take care of the mess in the microwave or wipes to sanitize every possible surface the first time you or your roommate gets a nasty cold.

15. Chargers and Extension Cords

Make sure you have more than one charger for your electronics. You can use cords or a docking station. Just make sure you’ve got enough places to charge all of your items.

 

Grab your Freshman 15 and you’ll be ready for school!

The Truth About Your Dorm Mattress

The biggest piece of furniture in your dorm room is the bed. It needs to be comfortable and it needs to serve lots of purposes, such as sleeping, studying and socializing. Unfortunately, the dorm mattress most colleges provide is stiff, saggy and old, and it could actually hurt your GPA.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support you properly, you will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school. Set yourself up for success with these vital sleep essentials:

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A New Mattress

Dorm rooms are typically equipped with an extra-long twin bed, but old college mattresses are not a good way to start the year. A good night’s sleep is vital for your health and learning process, and you want both the right support and a healthy sleeping surface. Art Van Furniture offers the new Twin XL mattresses to fit the dorm frame. They start at just $149, and we’ll deliver one right to the dorm or apartment on move-in day.

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Mattress Topper

If you’re unable to replace the mattress, make your bed more comfortable by using a mattress topper. Made of memory foam, the topper will provide a soft surface that allows for airflow and contours to your body, helping you sleep.

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Mattress Protector

Whether you bring your own mattress or use the dorm mattress with a mattress topper, invest in a good mattress protector. Not only does it wick away moisture while you sleep; it safeguards against spills, stains, dust mites, germs and allergens, protecting your bed and keeping you healthy.

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Pillow

A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck; it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience and retain what you learned during the day. Here are some tips for choosing the right pillow.

Sleeping might not be the first thing on your mind as your head off to college, but a comfortable bed will help you make the grade. Make sure you have everything you need to go from Zzzz’s to A’s.

College Style for Guys

When it comes to college style for guys, “tricking out” the dorm room is the number-one goal. This is the place to cram for exams, hang out with friends, and blow off steam. College style for guys needs three things:

Dorm Guys
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Convenience

For most guys their bed is mainly just a place to crash, so when choosing the décor, the simpler, the better. Look for low-key designs in bedding, especially in colors like blue, grey, and brown tones. You’ll also want to invest in a good mattress protector to keep the bed safe from spills.

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Comfort

After a marathon day of classes, guys need a relaxing place to crash before hitting the books again. Futons are a great option because of their versatility. We’re sure you’ll appreciate one covered in a soft microsuede fabric with beefy cushions to sink into. If the room is super tight on space, a twin sleeper is a chair that converts into a twin-size bed—the perfect spot for your best bud to sleep when he comes to visit.

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Hi-tech Toys

Of course the reason you go to college is to study and get a stellar education, but everyone needs some downtime. A media console that organizes your TV, PS4 and games will keep things together and organized. Just remember to keep it to a dull roar so that the R.A. doesn’t show up at your door and pull the plug.

Heading off to college is a big milestone in life, and a sweet room will make it better. Make sure to grab all of the items you need to get your college style for guys.

College Style for Girls

Going off to college is full of decisions. You’ve got to choose the right school, the right major and (most importantly) the best dorm décor! College style for girls is all about personality and panache. Here are four things to pack to make your room the best dressed on the floor.

College style for girls
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A Beautiful Bed

Dorm rooms and college apartments are small, and that means your comforter will set the tone for the room. Keep things feeling light by going with pastels, or be bold and choose a shade like turquoise or hot pink. Make sure you coordinate with your roommate, so the bedroom doesn’t turn into the clash of the tartan plaids.

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Artwork

You’re probably not allowed to paint the room, so bring lots of posters, pictures and textiles to cover ugly dorm walls. Pictures will help you put your personality on display. And Command Hooks or 3M picture hanging tape will let you hang things safely without getting fined later for nail holes.

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Rug

Dorm floors are cold, so make your room warmer by packing a large rug. Choose something colorful that will hide the stains that are bound to happen! You can also select a pattern to bring a little drama to the floor, or a neutral that works with your and your roommate’s style.

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Storage

A beautiful dorm room doesn’t look so beautiful if it’s cluttered and messy. Storage at school can be a challenge, with small closets and one dresser that you’re expected to share. You’ll need to bring under-the-bed storage solutions so you can put things away. Get bins that match your bedding, or bring a storage ottoman that allows you to put up your feet or host a group of friends, all while you hide your shoe collection. Remember, your storage options will probably be visible, so choose something cute.

The most important thing to remember when considering college style for girls is to have fun. College is full of amazing memories; create a spot that will make them even better.