Five dorm room es­sen­tials

Live large in a small space with these smart buys Story

NOW Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - by NATALIA MANZOCCO

THE KEY TO DORM DEC­O­RAT­ING? SPLASH­ING YOUR PER­SON­AL­ITY ALL OVER THE PLACE WHILE STILL MAK­ING YOUR LOW THREE FIG­URES’ WORTH OF SQUARE FEET DO TRIPLE DUTY FOR STUDY­ING, SO­CIAL­IZ­ING AND SLEEP. HERE ARE SOME LO­CALLY AVAIL­ABLE PROD­UCTS THAT WILL ADD BOTH FUNC­TION AND FORM TO YOUR LIT­TLE CON­CRETE BOX.

1. ALU­MINUM WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING MAT

Show of hands: Who among us has wo­ken up to an empty phone bat­tery be­cause you were too lazy to cross the room/lean an ex­tra two feet out of bed/ move your arms six inches and grab your phone charger be­fore pass­ing out? Luck­ily, this wire­less charg­ing mat from Indigo is here to save you from your­self. It’s com­pat­i­ble with all wire­less chargin­gen­abled phones (in­clud­ing later-model iPhones), takes up lit­tle space and looks space-age chic on a bed­side table. $24.95, 220 Yonge and oth­ers, indigo.ca

2. ENEBY SPEAKER

We know what you’re think­ing: “Since when does IKEA make speak­ers?” Since July! And true to mod­u­lar, Swedish form, the min­i­mal-yet-retro Eneby speaker is adapt­able to any space. You can hang it on the wall, set it on a stand ($10), stick it in a Kal­lax shelf (the cube­shaped one that fits records) or take it with you to a party or the park if you throw down $20 for an ex­tra bat­tery. The fab­ric grille even comes off if you’re not feel­ing the tweed. $59.99, 1475 the Queensway and oth­ers, ikea.ca

3. FELT LETTERBOARD

PSA for am­a­teur In­sta­gram prop stylists: felt mes­sage boards are this year’s light­box with slide-in let­ters. The Drake Gen­eral Store of­fers bud­get-friendly ver­sions in pink, heather grey, black and teal that come com­plete with 145 char­ac­ters. A larger size ($34) is avail­able to ac­com­mo­date longer mes­sages, such as “Greg stop leav­ing tubs of con­gealed Pizza Pizza ranch dip out or I will put them in your shoes next time I swear to god.” $24, 1151 Queen West, and oth­ers, drakegen­er­al­store.ca for lo­ca­tions

4. WIN­DOW CLING FILM

There seem to be two types of dorm room win­dows: the ones that over­look a quad full of strangers or the ones that face di­rectly into some­one else’s dorm room. To avoid any awk­ward­ness be­tween you and whomever’s on the other side, some pri­vacy win­dow film might be a smart buy. It’s pretty cheap, easy to in­stall and even easier to re­move – and if you pick one with a sub­tle prism pat­tern, like this one from Lowe’s, you might get the ex­tra bonus of tiny lit­tle sliv­ers of rain­bow light show­ing up in your room a few times a day. $21.99, 3003 Dan­forth and oth­ers, lowes.ca

5. STASH CLOTH­ING HANGER

Space brain: us­ing the empty space un­der your bed or be­hind a door to cre­ate ex­tra stor­age. Gal­axy brain: us­ing the empty space in­side your coats and jack­ets. This in­ge­nious closet or­ga­nizer from Um­bra sits on a hanger and slips in­side clothes so you can stash scarves, gloves and mit­tens without tak­ing up any ex­tra room. $25 for two, 165 John, um­bra.ca

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