College Dorm Room Decorating

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Modern Desk Lamp Photo

It's that time of the year where parents and students are putting the final touches on plans that have been years in the making. Part of the planning ahead of move-in day should include creating a comfortable, livable dorm room atmosphere to ease the transition into college life. What qualities can you look for in lighting when decorating a dorm room?

USA Today is featuring one of our lamps in their Life section article entitled Here's How to Ace Dorm Room Design.

The lamp above is ideal because it's bright enough to provide proper reading light but also doubles as broadly diffused conversational lighting.

It takes two 60 watt bulbs so it channels plenty of light onto a desktop while comfortably radiating light throughout the whole room. Students beginning a new year need good reading light, especially if they are moving into a dorm room. Dorm rooms often provide only overhead flourescent lighting which, while energy-efficient, is too dim for late-night study sessions.

Purchasing the lighting online and having it shipped to the students new home gives you more variety to choose from and saves you the headache of transporting the lighting on move-in day. Torchieres and table lamps can be placed almost anywhere and can quickly brighten a dreary room. 

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  • Good for students dorm room you can see your children stress free through this light.

  • Love this sleek fashion forward lamp.  Must for dynamic dorm.  Add this to creative bedding and accessoires for dorms

  • Robin - thanks! What kinds of lights do you find teens and tweens asking for? Do they want a simple reading light or a desk lamp with a bit more bling and style? Thanks again for reading.

  • College is an amazing experience, I never want to leave! The freedom is unprecedented, however no dorm room is an accurate depiction of any college students vivacious spirit. Sign up for the room renovation contest at to potentially have Dell redo your room with $10,000!

College Dorm Room Decorating