Dual pur­pose de­sign

Valley Journal Advertiser - - HOMES - Deb­bie Travis

Dear Deb­bie;

We are empty nesters and have de­cided to take in a stu­dent for the aca­demic year, as we live close to the col­lege and have the room. Any tips on plan­ning a com­fort­able and wel­com­ing space? Thanks for your ideas.

~ Mar­i­anne

Dear Mar­i­anne;

This is a great idea. Rent­ing out stu­dent digs is a good way to stay con­nected to the young adult gen­er­a­tion, and rooms are al­ways in de­mand for stu­dents who move away from home to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion. Sup­ply well thought-out ne­ces­si­ties and al­low the stu­dent to add a few per­sonal touches to make it feel like home. The fur­nish­ings shown here are set up to serve more than one pur­pose, which is a prac­ti­cal space saver for any small room.

The bed gets lots of use, do­ing dou­ble duty for sleep­ing and as a lounge and of­ten home­work sta- tion, so se­lect a good mat­tress. Fu­tons are pop­u­lar, but it’s more prac­ti­cal to have the bed raised from the floor so that bas­kets for clothes and sup­plies can slip un­der­neath. Choose a ta­ble or desk with am­ple sur­face space for a com­puter, books and ref­er­ence ma­te­rial. Set up the desk strate­gi­cally be­side the bed so that a good desk lamp will also work for read­ing in bed.

To save space, in­vest in a ver­ti­cal stor­age sys­tem such as a metal stor­age locker as seen in this vi­gnette from home­sense. com. This stack­able so­lu­tion al­lows for sep­a­rate com­part­ments to hold sports equip­ment, notes, school sup­plies and cloth­ing. Fi­nally an ot­toman that holds stuff of­fers triple service and is easy to move around.

Dear Deb­bie;

Our son is off to col­lege and we are madly pack­ing up the es­sen­tials for sur­viv­ing away from home. Our lists are very dif­fer­ent — I’m think­ing cook­ing and study­ing, he’s all about the best com­puter, so­cial me­dia links and mu­sic. I know you have been through this

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