If you are the Head of a College or University, there is one issue that always needs resolving – more living space for student housing. A great way to improve living space for college students is to add functional and comfortable common areas. When creating common areas, you want the rooms to be used frequently by students and improve the overall quality of dorm life. This article will provide you information on how to furnish common areas to improve student productivity, bonding and comfort in dorms. Read to get started on your Common Room Projects.
Common Rooms come in many shapes, sizes and designs. With the right furniture, ordinary rooms can be transformed into functional, stylish and popular hangout spots at your college or university for students.
Follow these tips to create affordable, well designed and well furnished common areas:
Envision Your Dream Commons
When you are at the beginning stage of your remodeling project, you need to imagine the commons space before you can bring it to life. You can start envisioning the student commons by deciding on how you will want students to use the space. Common rooms can be used in many ways – you can make a common room a space for studying, you can make it a room for student entertainment or it can be a room solely for students to relax. Conduct a student survey to learn what type of common areas will best serve the student body.
After you decide on the purpose of the commons, pick out the colors you want to use for the commons. A great color scheme students could appreciate is the use of school colors. If you prefer not to use school colors, use neutral colors and add pops of color with furniture accessories.
Once you decide on the color scheme, you can start to pick out furniture items you would want available to students in the commons.
You can get started on your furniture search by doing some window-shopping and research on furniture used for educational purposes. You should take notes and pictures so you may have references before picking the final furniture installments.
Some furniture items you can use for your commons are lamps, benches, lounge chairs, deep seating sets, bookshelves, multi-purpose chairs and decks. These items will provide you the space-saving functionality and comfort you desire for your students without sacrificing the unique personality of the student common areas. The best space may actually combine a few designated areas. You may designate one area for lounging and watching TV, another for getting together in groups to study or chat and hang out, and maybe another where games can be played. That’s right…games. With all the high tech gadgetry, you may want to foster more student interaction that will help the students when they head off into the world of careers. You can also make the best use of the space in a dorm room by using bedding that shares collaborative workstations. The tenants of the room can sleep comfortably and have a place to get school work done, while keeping the room open and airy.
Having a space that is inviting to all students is key when designing a student commons because a well designed and furnished commons will help students getting to know each other easier with a common space they can relax and feel comfortable in.
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