When you imagine dorm life, most people think shower caddies and flip flops, art that can be hung with Command hooks, and wall tapestries to cover the unappealing scuff marks and dents. But, Sheila Ybarra had a much nicer idea when she moved her daughter Skylar into Texas State University this year and the transformation is, for lack of a better word, sick.
Let's just say if Dorm Room Masters were an HGTV show, Sheila would be the master. With just the right mix of dorm room essentials that are both chic and practical — from a gorgeous loveseat couch and tables to a perfectly sized vanity and skirted chair, all from Wayfair — her daughter has it made.
Scroll through the images to see the before picture and video at the end. It's almost too good to be true. I mean, how on earth is this a dorm room?! It's definitely nicer than most apartments I've seen.
If you're dying to get the look in your residence hall, Sheila has some practical advice:
"Try to work with pieces that you currently already have. Since your child is going off to school, a lot of times they will not be using items that they currently have in their bedroom," she told us. "We used a lot of items that we currently already had and re-recycled some items from last year's dorm room."
Between recycling pieces from her daughter's dorm last year/home bedroom and purchasing small decorations, frames, and artwork from — believe it or not — the Dollar Tree and other dollar stores, Sheila was able to transform the whole room for approximately $575. The living room furniture cost her around $400, while the makeup vanity was about $175, she said.
In case you're checking off some last minute items on your back-to-school list, here are a few other items you might be inspired to add to your cart. Trust me, it'll give your friends and floor mates genuine dorm envy.
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