In the last few years, designing posh dorm room spaces has become quite the hot topic. Whether you’re spending a couple of semesters or four solid years in a dorm room, college students are relying on a single small space to act as a multipurpose destination throughout an intense season of academic and social growth. Not to mention, the space is oftentimes shared with a roommate! It’s the ultimate design challenge- and opportunity.

A graduate of Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta, Ga., HGTV celebrity designer Chip Wade sat down with us in a trendy Atlanta-area coffee shop to chat about how he maximized space during his four-years of academic bliss. Chip’s useful design tips on maximizing dorm room space just might inspire you to create the ultimate dorm room for the new school year ahead. And don’t worry- notes are allowed in this lecture class.


Define Your Vibe

According to Chip, the best dorm rooms have a consistent design style. If you’re sharing the space with a roommate, plan a shopping outing before moving in to select bedding and accessories. Come prepared with your Pinterest-perfect vision and a shopping list. Pops of bold color are welcome, but create a neutral pallet, such as black and white, that you can build from throughout the design. Lighting and artwork make the space feel more homey, so don’t forget those key ingredients. For example, matching modern brass desk lamps and coordinating black mid-century desk chairs make a statement.

Multipurpose Furniture

Multipurpose, transforming furniture is the new wave of dorm-room design. In fact, Chip Wade is a design collaborator for Xtraroom, a brand of whole-home multipurpose furniture solutions that transition within seconds. To maximize dorm room space, Chip recommends the Scorpius Sofa Flip Table. The back of this comfortable loveseat-size sofa flips up to create a desk or dining table, while the base converts into two comfortable chairs.

Not sure what to do with the empty gap between your beds or seating area? The Aries Caddy Coffee Table serves as a coffee table or work station with two individual stands that flip up with special spots to hold your tablet.  Needing additional storage and seating? Now you can have both with Xtraroom’s Short Cubes. Arrange them together for extra seating or a coffee table—or even stack them for a bookshelf. All pretty amazing dorm room solutions that are both easy to move and get the most out of your space.


Up, Up and Away

When designing a dorm room, always think up. Chip recommends putting your bed on risers, so that you can fit more storage underneath the bed and have access to more power outlets. If selecting your own bedroom furniture is an option, consider the Orion Collection or Virgo Collection from Xtraroom. Both beds fold into space-saving furniture pieces that clear the floor so that you can work (or have a dance party) when you’re not sleeping.

Hang hooks, book cubes and other storage pieces on the wall. Also, choose dorm room art and accessories that serve a dual purpose, like these fun Wire Wall Letters from PBTeen.  Chip also recommends hiding your dresser drawers in your closet if possible.

With these tips, your dorm room will be feeling like home in no time and meet the needs of your demanding academic and social calendar. Here’s wishing you a wonderful new academic year from all of your friends at Xtraroom!