Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Essentials Needed For Your First Apartment And College Dorm Decorating

Budgets can be tight and space may be limited, What essentials will you be bringing to your new apartment or dorm room?

Small neutral spaces of first apartments and college dorms will soon be welcoming their newest occupants with their car loads of belongings to start their new independent life.

Make a list of the items you need. Ask family, friends and neighbors if they would have any unwanted items. You would be surprised how many people have attics and basements full of home decor they have stored and not touched in years. You may be doing them a favor too. Head out for a weekend of yard sales to look for cheaper items that would furnish or accessorize your space.(a little paint and elbow grease can have old pieces looking like new)

Find out if the room or apartrment is already furnished. Are there furniture pieces that already exist in the room? If so, personalize them and make it your own. An exciting and budget friendly way to do this is with slipcovers. If unfurnished and limited space, consider a futon or loveseat in your living space. Keeping it cozy plus extra seating for guests is important. 

Futon Covers

Velvety Plush Futon Slipcover in blue featured in photo (kelley green, magenta and purple also available)

Loveseat Slipcover

Denim loveseat and dining chair slipcover featured in photo.  

Make it your own with fun color and pattern that will let your personality shine yet achieve a cozy atmosphere like home!

Casual Furniture Throws

Casual Cover Slipcover, a fast and fashionable way to update decor while protecting your furniture featured in photo. (black/white - brown/cream zebra and leopard available)

Bring the season's trendy colors and modern pattern into your new space design through pillows and pillow slips, window treatments - drapes and your throw rugs.

Here's a list of essentials to get organized and prepared for the big move:
  • Bedding and towels, easiest way to bring color to your room.
  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • An area rug is a great way to add color, pattern and warmth to your space.
  • Cube Shelving with storage baskets are a helpful and versatile piece to have. Great way to store belongings and keep organized and clutter free.
  • A fan for warm days when the air conditioning just isn't enough.
  • A desk and comfy desk chair.
  • A message board to hang by the door so you can keep track of all the classes, important dates and places to be.
  • A totable laundry hamper to keep your room tidy and easy pick up and go to the laundromat.
  • The overhead lights from apartments and dorm ceilings can be hard on the eyes. Consider a lamp and desk lighting to give your room the right amount of glow.
  • Drapes for windows to let the light in during the day and give you privacy in the evening.
  • Hooks for the back of doors and walls to hang coats, a purse, book bag or towels.
  • Compact mini refrigerator and microwave for those in between meals and snacks.

What must have items would you add to this list?
Visit Sure Fit to browse all the home products we have to assist with your campus or first apartment decorating needs plus see what the sale of the week is. 


  1. Do you make custom sizes? BTW the covers look great! :)

    1. Thank You Miss K, We do not make custom sizes but we do have a large variety of form fit designs that will contour to your furniture's curves for a custom-like fit. You may refer to our helpful measuring guide for dimensions and simple instructions: http://bit.ly/a6oyqh