Many students work to create a personal space in their dorm room, so that they have a place they can call home. Included on this page are a number of images with examples of how students have created warm, inviting spaces, while remaining in compliance with all Residential Life policies. There are ways to bring color into a room without painting the walls, and ways to hang photos, artwork, fabrics, and bulletin boards, without damaging the surfaces. When you have an opportunity to decorate your Bryn Mawr dorm room, making responsible choices and planning ahead of time will save you costly room repair charges at the end of the year.
Drapes and curtain rods can be hung with removable Command hooks.
Students can create separate areas in their rooms, as this student in Rhoads has done to provide a space for daily prayer and meditation.
Some rooms have traditional (non-working) fireplaces, like this one in Rockefeller.
Curtains, pillows, and strings of electric lights are popular ways to bring color and personality to a dorm space.
Additional lamps and a sheet used as a curtain help give this Radnor room a sense of home.
Dividing this Denbigh double into separate sleeping and study areas gives each resident her own space.
Draping fabrics is an easy way to bring a wide range of color and textures into a dorm room.
Command hooks and adhesives make it possible to create collages, or even hang picture frames, without damaging surfaces.
Many Bryn Mawr students use their College lanterns as a part of their dorm room decoration.
Some rooms are large enough to accommodate additional furniture, like this student's refrigerator and chair. You should always wait until you have an opportunity to see your room before purchasing additional furniture. As all of our rooms are unique, there is no way to know the exact dimensions of space, window sizes, or existing furniture before you move into the room.
Each resident student has an opportunity to take her dorm room space and create an environment in which she feels comfortable. Before deciding how you will decorate your room, you should become familiar with all policies, to avoid damage charges after you move out.