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Dorm Room Design

The right tools to deck your walls

Many residence hall rooms have cinder block walls, or restrictions on hammering into drywall. So show up on move-in day with the right tools for hanging. The 3M company has a line of neat Command strips and hangers that work well on cinder block and other wall surfaces, without damaging them (

Also, Mavalus Tape (available at and other retailers) promises to stick where other adhesives fail. 

For rooms where a hammer and nail are allowed, use a hanging guide like the Hang & Level product by Under the Roof Decorating, to help mark exactly where holes are needed.

Dorm room design tips

Online sites are a great source of room design ideas when you’re planning your first—or next—residence hall room look. Pinterest can be a wonderful resource for dorm organization and decoration tips—many of them inexpensive and cute DIY projects. Here are just a few Web pages dedicated to dorm room design to get you started:

Chic and functional dorm rooms

Smart dorm decorating

Dorm room decorating ideas

Dorm room makeover

Read the Kentucky Living August 2014 feature that goes along with this Web exclusive, Decked Out Dorms.

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