SOURCE: Ashley Furniture HomeStore

August 06, 2012 07:00 ET

College Bound? Boost Your Style With Decorating Tips for Small Spaces

From Dorm Rooms to Apartments, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Offers Easy Ways to Maximize Space

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Aug 6, 2012) - With back-to-school season in full swing, college-bound students are scrambling to find dorm- or apartment-friendly furnishings that will turn their new space into a home-away-from home. But decorating a small room or suite requires finding furniture that works.

"Small spaces like dorm rooms actually require more careful planning than much larger ones," says Brenda Dillon, VP of Merchandising. "But with a few good choices and a lot of creativity, you can turn an undersized suite into an efficient, stylish space."

So how should you approach small spaces? Ashley Furniture offers easy-to-follow dorm room decorating ideas that help you make the most of your limited space.

Make your furniture selections based on items that are:

  • See-through. Look for furniture with narrow or tall legs and small arms. Furniture that's lightweight and airy looks fresh and youthful; it also makes a room look bigger. In addition, placing a big mirror near a window adds light and also opens up the space, making it seem larger than it actually is.
  • Multi-functional. Choose furniture that can be used more than one way. For example:
    • A dining chair that doubles as a chair next to the sofa
    • A functional lift-top coffee table that lifts up for work -- or for dinner in front of the TV
    • A nesting coffee table that offers two tables in one, without taking up extra space
    • A loft bed with a desk tucked away underneath
    • A fold-down futon that provides a place to sleep and easily converts to a stylish sofa during the day
  • Storage optimized. Look for furnishings with extra shelves and storage. Choose colorful storage stools that can work as a chair, ottoman, night stand, or even a coffee table. Or choose a desk that can double as a dining-room table.
  • Personal. The right accessories can dramatically change the tone of a room. Add a few stylish lamps, pillows, throws and rugs, and you can personalize even the smallest of spaces. Hanging an enlarged version of your favorite photo can double as wall art and add a charming touch.

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