Dorm Decor: Accent tape and Shelving

Barbara Young

Here’s another post for those of you in the dorms.

By now I’m sure you’re all a little bored with the wood laminate pattern on all of your furniture. There’s something about sitting and staring at the same pattern for hours while you put off your homework that just really gets to ya’, you know?

So here is the solution. It’s so simple, fast, easy and versatile that it will make you think. Unfortunate, I know.


Behold! The solution to your dull room!

This pink accent tape really gives the furniture a personal touch.

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Make sure you choose tape that doesn’t leave a residue or you’ll have to clean it off at the end of the year. You really don’t want to have to pay a fine once you leave the room.

You can get Scotch Decorative masking tape, or use some of the popular washi tape that is all over these days. With just a bit of shopping you can find that perfect tape to match your awesome bedspread.

But wait. You think that’s all I would give you? Not likely, UW-Stout, not likely.

Here is an additional tip to get you some extra storage space.

As the year progresses I always find I need to re-evaluate what I’ve collected in my bedroom. Generally, the amount of stuff continues to grow as the semester goes along.

I don’t have a clue where it comes from or how it all gets there, but one way or another I find stuff heaped in odd places. Clothing, food, small trinkets from all of the thrift and antique stores around Menomonie. Just a lot of stuff.

But the question is, where do I put it all? I generally did a good job of filling up my dorm room on move-in day, so when I purchase new items I have nowhere to put them.

Lucky for me, one of my friends found the solution. It’s simple, easy and requires minimal work.


Step one, make sure your room is arranged so your bookcases and your roommate’s bookcases are across from each other. Next, measure the distance from your shelf to his or hers.

Then, purchase a board of that length. The width of the board is entirely up to you. If you’re only going to be using it to set trinkets on, you probably don’t need much width, so a simple 2×4 will probably work fine, but if you want an extra food shelf, like these boys have, you may need to get something a bit wider.

I don’t have any cool pictures, but why not combine these two ideas? The board is pretty ugly on its own, but if you decked it out in washi tape or even gave it a paint job you could get some cool results.

And, if you put yours in front of the window like these guys, why not staple some curtains to the back to give your room an extra elegant feel?

Or screw hooks in the bottom to give you some space to hang that cool macramé owl your mom made you? There really are tons of options.

Have fun with it, and have a great week UW-Stout.

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