Beds in dorm rooms...stink. They are lifeless, fake-pine-colored Spartan beds with low head- and footboards that don't even support your pillows so when you're sleeping they all disappear behind the bed. Documentation right hurr:
This isn't actually my room, but it's pretty darn close furniture-wise. The only difference would be that our beds/desks/chairs are a tad darker, and also don't have the little half-moon swooshy thing at the head- and footboard. But you get the idea--boring.
There are so many limitations to decorating a room with something other than posters. We can't affix anything to the walls, unless we use 3M hooks. And those don't really hold THAT much. We also aren't allowed to hang tapestries larger than 5x7 on the walls...which spoiled my idea for DIY wallpaper. This rule exists in case something catches on fire and falls on our heads. Likely story. The only thing getting "lit up" in my room is a Paula Deen vanilla poundcake candle. And that was only one time--Fire Safety, if you're reading this, I'm sorry. I only did it once and yes now my room smells like butter and I LOVE IT. And in case you were wondering of course you can't paint anything. So it's Boring McWhiteWalls all day, erryday.
Despite all these rulez, this year I REALLY outdid myself with trying to modify the bed to be something splendid. I created a forest-y (yuck that sounds cheesy) canopy bed. From a branch. And 3M hooks (which are the only things allowed to stick to our walls other than Scotch tape!) And string...and curtains. But that's it, I promise.
(2015 Edit: this is a new diagram, which is very...amateur, but that I hope helps)
Anyhoo, this bad boy was constructed as such:
1. Salvage branch from tree that blew down in your neighbor's yard. To salvage, you must pull it off of the dead tree. This will take a while. And your neighbor will come out and ask you what you are doing. He won't understand. You will embarass yourself. True story. Walk away with the tall branch like a champ. And don't get caught in the doorway. While said neighbor is still watching. True Story.
2. Spray-paint the branch white. Dry for a couple of hours to be safe.
3. Tape branch to the bottom left bed post (the one that is closest to us in the foreground in the photo).
4. Apply 3M hooks to the wall perpendicular to the branch to make the canopy.
5. Tie string onto the hooks, and string onto them big, lofty curtains--found those in a linen closet at home.
6. Tie strung curtains onto the branch. OR, as I put in the above diagram, attach a 3M hook to the branch for extra string-securing support. Depends on the branch/dowel, but it can work!
2013 EDIT: Here is a photo diagramming the specific construction. I hope it helps!
The accoutrements: I tied the middle curtains back with some string, so as to not get too cozy and thus never go to class in the morning. I also added some pretty crocheted (omg I just spelled that crotched, don't judge) stars. It's totally not perfect, but I did what I could with all the parameters our Fire Safety lays out for us.
And if you're wondering, it passed inspection. I basically reasoned the whole thing out with them. It went down like this:
Fire Safety Guy #1: This doesn't look regulation. I have to get my supervisor.
Me: No, no! I checked the Fire Safety website and everything. And I love it. Please let me keep it (sparkly eyes).
Fire Safety Guy #2: What the heck is this? Uh oh. I don't know. Well, it's pretty damn creative.
Me: I made it with a branch! It's regulation! I promise! I'll do anything (embellishments here)!
Fire Safety Guy #2: Well. I guess it doesn't hang over your head. You passed. Good job.
And there you have it. Canopy bliss.
But that was just the beginning. Because I switched it up AGAIN. More to come in the next post.