A student in a Picasso House room.
A student studies in his Picasso House room.
A photo display in a Picasso House room.
A room in Hemingway House.
A desk area in Hemingway House.
Congratulations on your acceptance to Interlochen Arts Academy! We’ve saved a special spot in one of our dormitories just for you. While you wait for move-in day, here are some easy tips for outfitting your Pinterest-worthy residence hall room.
Know before you go
Before you start shopping for supplies, here are a few things to consider:
- Know your space. Find out the dimensions of your room and what furniture is provided; links to floor plans can be found at the bottom of this article.
- All Interlochen-provided furniture has to stay in your room. But you’re free to dress up your beds, chairs and desks in any way you wish!
- Floor space is at a premium in residence hall rooms. Keep walking spaces and emergency exits in mind if you’re considering extra pieces of furniture.
- Know the rules. Certain appliances and wall-hanging devices aren’t allowed in Interlochen’s residence halls.
- Be kind to your walls! Nails, tape and other adhesives can damage the walls. Try using 3M adhesive gum for safely hanging posters.
- Leave your popcorn popper at home! Popcorn poppers, irons and space heaters are among the many heat-emitting devices forbidden in Interlochen’s residence halls. Check the Student Handbook before packing your electronics to make sure everything is safe.
- Know your roommate. If you already know who your roommate is, connect with them to plan your room. This is not only helpful for deciding who will bring certain “communal use” items, such as carpet or a refrigerator, it’s also an opportunity to coordinate colors.
- Know what you need. Make a list of all the items you want for your room. Check to see what items you already have, then make a shopping list of all the items you don’t.
Upgrade your space
Once you’ve picked your bedding and essentials, it’s time to find those little personal touches that will make your room feel like home. Here’s some tips on how to dress up a drab space:
- Cover it up. Keep your toes safe from cold floors by purchasing rugs or carpet remnants for your room. Make sure your carpet or rug does not impede the opening of closet or room doors.
- Snuggle up. Nothing says “home” like a cozy bed. Supplement your bedding with a throw blanket and plenty of decorative pillows. Make a statement with a faux-fur blanket or a pillow with an inspirational message. Throw pillows are also a great way to transform your bed into daytime seating.
- Hang it up. Plain white walls feel stark and uninviting. Make your space your own by adding posters, wall art, and pictures of your friends, family and pets. For a bigger splash of color, try hanging a tapestry on one of your walls. Decals are also a great way to add interest to your walls without risking damage. See the Student Handbook for more rules about wall decorations.
- Light it up. All rooms come equipped with a ceiling light. While this light provides plenty of light to see by, adding more lights will brighten up those dark corners and make your room feel bigger. String lights are a fun favorite! Make sure all of your lamps and lights are UL listed.
- Tidy up. Loose items on your shelves, desk or dresser can look sloppy—and get lost easily. Store your miscellaneous items in baskets or totes that match your decor for a neater look and shorter search times. Don’t forget desk organizers for your school supplies!