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by Korin Ludicke

With dorms, you never know what you’re walking into–or onto. Your floor has seen many ( many ) students through semester after semester, and at this point it might not look very fresh. Read on for ideas and inspiration that will help you conceal, mask, or just improve your dorm room floor. 

make it natural

A woven fiber rug adds texture while keeping a neutral, organic feel.

a soft spot

A plush sheepskin rug is the stuff cozy, luxurious dreams are made of.

have a seat

Ottomans are the ideal dorm room accessory: they can work as extra seating, a makeshift tabletop, or a footstool to kick back and relax with. Score one with interior storage for even more function!

create comfort

A perfectly placed pouf gives just the right amount of comfort and style. Toss around a few extra pillows for even more comfy floor seating.

get in line

Stripes are a perfectly simple way to add impact without overpowering, and can elongate tight spaces.

hold it together

Baskets are the perfect decor piece, offering both style and function. Use one as a clothes hamper, or let it hold extra throws, towels, or sweaters!

square off

Master the art of multifunction with an edgy (get it?) twist on the pouf. It makes for great seating, can be used as a back or foot rest, and adding a tray transforms it instantly into a coffee table.

go global

Opt for tribal designs to infuse your space with inspiration from abroad.

make it pop

Turn a bright, colorful rug into the focal point of the room. No one will even notice what’s underneath!

use your (animal) instincts

Make a strong statement with an unexpected rug.

prop it up

Garden stools are all the rage, and for good reason—they’re versatile, durable, and effortlessly stylish.

know your angles

Take a cue from math class with a geometric rug (extra credit if you can name its shapes).