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7 Just one example of creativeness in dorm room decor
.. .decorating the home away from home can be rewarding and inexpensive for housing residents
Common sense helps too
Patience the key to a fiiFnihed apartment
By BELINDA ROLLINS
DTH Staff Writer
Furnishing an apartment can be an ex
pensive task, especially for students who
are starting from scratch. There are
several ways to save money and still create
a home-like atmosphere that is both com
fortable and practical. Patience and com
mon sense may be two of the biggest
Many students have the attitude that
their apartment must be completely fur
nished by the first day of classes. Not so,
although it helps to think about what is
really needed before going shopping.
Every apartment needs a bed, a couch,
dishes cookware, etc. Costs can usually
be greatly reduced by waiting for an up
coming sale at a store or by looking
around at yard sales. - 77
Yard sales are usually advertised in the
classified ads with directions on how to
get there and a partial listing of the items
that will be for sale. A good yard sale can
be like an outdoor department store. The
merchandise may include dishes, pictures,
furniture, cookware, small appliances
and lamps. When shopping at yard sales,
inspect all items carefully before buying
them. Before purchasing any small ap
pliance, ask to plug it in and see it in
operation or that $3 mixer might turn out
to be $3 wasted. Shop carefully and
Whether shopping for new or used
goods, it is usually a good idea not to buy
the first item seen. For instance, the local
furniture store may sell a table for $50
while a department store may have it priced
at $45. A comparable table might be sold
at a yard sale for $15 or $20.
There are other sources of furniture
and furnishings besides retail stores and
yard sales. Some students find it profit
able to let relatives know that they need
furniture. Will Thompson, a senior tfrcric
Goldsbofo", said 'Va'Vesurpr&d
at all the things my relatives had stored in
their basements and attics. They were
glad to get rid of it." '
Another way to save money and create
a warm atmosphere is to look around at
home for things to use. Scarlett Beaver, a
senior from Concord, went through some
old snapshots she had laying around and
arranged them in collage picture frames
for her bedroom. Beaver said, "Bare
walls are depressing and I didn't want to
spend a lot of money on a picture that
didn't mean anything to me." Other arti
cles that can be borrowed from home for
apartment use might include throw pil
lows, posters, wicker baskets and other
For those students who have money to
spend, furniture rental is a viable alter
native. Enough furniture to furnish an
entire apartment can be rented for as low
as $50 a month. Metrolease and Cort are
two furniture rental agencies that serve
the Chapel Hill area.
Practicality is the most important con
sideration when acquiring furniture and
furnishings for apartments. After all, the
purchases you make will be a part of the
home you have made.
By BELINDA ROLLINS
Decorating a dormitory room can be a
chore or it can be a lot of fun. Students
who are lucky enough to make it through
the dorm lottery can use things they used
the year before, but new students, can
hardly use the Chippendale bedroom fur
niture they had at home last year.
Dormitory furnishings are a great way
to express your true personality. Maybe
your parents disapproved of posters on
the walls. Good news. University Hous
ing allows posters and other things to be
attached to the walls as long as the items
will not damage the walls.
A good way to get ideas is to look at
the rooms of upperclassmen. The beach
buff might want to hang up an old fishing
net and attach shells to it. Mirrors, flags
and collages are also popular items. The
possibilities are endless.
There never seems to be enough space
in any room. Bunking the beds saves
space, while building a loft almost adds
space. Lofts make use of space that was
Students who are handy with tools can
build their own lofts relatively easily and
inexpensively. Students who lack carpen
try experience may get friends to help
them build one or they may be able to
buy a used loft.
Since the dorm room is supposed to
serve as a home away from home, stu
dents should try to make it as comforta
ble as possible. Roommates whose ideas
complement each other instead of clash
can work together to create a serviceable
and comfortable room.
Decorating need not be elaborate.
However, a room does need to contain
several things which are taken for granted
Twin size comforters fit better than
bedspreads on bunk beds because they
are narrower and shorter. Try to lean
over and watch General Hospital from
the bottom bunk with a bedspread hang
ing in the way and see if it doesn't get an
noying. Curtains give a room more vitality.
They can be plain or ruffled, depending
on the desired effect.
A rug always makes a room cozier. It
also feels better than the cold floor on
bare feet at 7 a.m.
Milk crates can serve as shelves, stools
or containers. They can be obtained inex
pensively at grocery stores or department
A crock pot, toaster oven and a refrige
rator are the bare necessities for those
who wish to cook in their rooms.
A television, stereo or radio or all three
are good to have. They can be great mo
A comfortable chair may be just the
thing to relax in after a long day of
classes. A rocker or rec liner can be a
haven at day's end.
Plants can make any room brighter.
Real horticulture enthusiasts may want to
use plants as the main source of decora
tion. Photos of friends and family can ease
the pain of homesickness and make the
transition to college easier.
Posters of an athletic team, a rock
group, a beautiful person or a spectacular
sunset will look better than plain walls.
If the walls are painted some horrible
color, maybe a paint job is in order. Be
creative. The artistic dormitory resident
may wish to paint a scene or favorite car
No matter how a room is decorated, it
can always be altered or completely
changed. So if it is hard to decide on just
the right decor, experiment, experiment,
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