Have a clock on the wall and set aside the times you will start and finish. Working from home is a privilege and not a soft option. If you do not have a conventional boss to tell you off because you are late, go early or make personal calls, then you need to imagine you do.
In small homes, all elements of design should fit together well. A good example would be the living and dining areas combined into one space. When you’re looking for a dining table for an arrangement like this, it should go with your living room pieces too. If you can, shop for items for both areas at one time, including matching accessories that will tie the two spaces together.
Things that don’t ‘match’ can create an eclectic look. Style does not always mean having all matching colors and patterns. Even draping a blanket of a clashing color over your sofa can make a strong statement. Mixing and matching can often create better looks than you think!
Once you have those picked out its time to get the rest of the room done. First you need end tables. You can look online but for these you want to check out your local furniture stores. One that I truly love is American furniture warehouse. They have some really great deals year round.
The “at home” feel. You want your dorm to be very comfortable to you and feel like home. A great way to bring this feeling in is to bring along items from home. Your parents “hand-me-downs” are great items.
If you’re having trouble deciding what it is you need, visit your local furniture store and ask to speak to someone who may specialize in the look you want. They may be able to offer some advice and supply samples of contrasting sets. There is no end to the possibilities that can be found to suit your needs and wants. Shop around and visit several stores until you find the help you need and the particular match you’re looking for.
Couches, beds, and kitchen sets from furniture manufacturers will never be 100% original. Imagine walking into your new friends apartment and seeing that they have the exact closet as you do. How embarrassing! When you buy from someone who is making custom pieces, you are putting money into having an unique home. If you ever go to a furniture event in your local community, you will be able to meet the builders yourself. How great will it be when you have a conversation with the person who makes the table you sit down to dinner at every night?
A different bed. You just don’t know what has happened in that bed or where it has come from. So go cheap on this. I suggest a futon. Not only is this more functional as seating and a bed, but it is another way to bring more personality and color in the dorm room.