So you have arrived at your dorm room. You are disappointed with the size. Your roommate smells a bit. But there is a hot girl living across the hall. And your dad is starting to move furniture, while your mom says things like "This will be all right as long as you clean regularly!"
Lots of pressure, and lots of thoughts running through your head. So how will you organize your dorm room? I have a few suggestions for you.
First, consider your personality and the style of room you want to create for the year. Room style options include:
a) Party Room – space to dance, stand and mingle; loud speakers;
b) Lounge Room – Lots of seating, a central table, maybe a TV?
c) Study Room – Closed entryway, ample deskspace, space divided between roommates
d) Disaster – No plan, no storage space, junk everywhere
a) Party Room
If you are an extrovert, or are trying to become one, or just want everyone on the hall to like you, you may be gunning for this type of room. The key here is to minimize your living and storage space in order to maximize your party space. If you are living in the classic university double room, I would strongly suggest bunking your beds. This quickly creates 15 square feet of extra floor space. You can squeeze about 10 girls in 15 square feet. Think about it. Bunking the beds also protects them from getting spilled on during the party.
Second, desks should be placed along the walls and away from the door. In order to invite people into your room, your room needs to look inviting. When people walk by your open door, they need to see you, and they need to see ample open space for them to move into.
Finally, you need to get creative with storage. To have a party in a dorm room, you really need to maximize space. Hanging hooks from doors and closets are key, as a moving dresses into closets and stuffing your closet as much as physically possible.
Now plug in your stereo and go.
b) Lounge Room
This room type will also be inviting to others, but for a different type of gathering. In this type of set-up, you want to invite people to sit and talk, smoke, watch TV, or maybe even do some group studying. Having bunk beds is less critical in this case, because the beds can be used for extra seating / lounging. The key to this room is a central coffee table with couches and chairs around it. A cool looking coffee table is critical. Comfortable seating is a close second. The coffee table looks inviting and draws people in. The comfortable seats keeps them there. Follow this advice and you will have a well-organized dorm room.
c) Study Room
If you are really serious about your studies, they are very introverted, or just like doing your party elsewhere, then set up you dorm room with a more closed, private organization. Place large furniture near your entryway to create a closed, less inviting feeling to guests. Place roommates' desks on opposite sides of the room to avoid distractions. You can even build a loft bed and place the desks underneath, to create mini study spaces. But certainly still hang some nice pictures and posters on the wall, and sign up for many intramural sports to help you relax after all the studying.
Keep these tips in mind during those all-important first few hours of organization at the beginning of the semester. Do not blow it.