So you’re an underclassman and you’re stuck living in a dorm room instead of a nice apartment. The good news is that you have a new blank space to decorate entirely as you want (subject to your roommates’ approval, of course). The bad news is that you don’t have much to work with. Most likely you’ve got just a few posters and some carpet to liven up the linoleum floors, beige walls, and flimsy furniture. What do you do?
The first thing most people do is cover up the bare walls with something more appealing to look at. While posters of attractive people (Maybe Anna Kournikova or Johnny Depp) are undoubtedly the most popular option, movie posters and favorite works of art are also widespread. Some people are more creative. For example, freshman Justin Yedor, who has covered the walls of his room with pages from a novel.
“Well, I had an extra copy,” he explained. “Nobody else wanted it, so I decided to make it into wallpaper.”
The floor presents another problem. There are two ways to hide that ugly linoleum: buy a rug, or let your junk pile up so deep that you can’t see it. A rug seems clearly the better choice, but a disturbing number of people choose the second option.
“The rug is the way to go,” said junior David DeLong, an RA in Monroe Hall. “Leaving massive piles lumped around is a fire hazard. I just made two residents with a messy floor clean it up because the fire marshal would not have been a happy camper.”
However you choose to decorate your room, you should be careful to avoid fire hazards and your roommate's pet peeves. Other than that, be as creative as you can!