Some kids aren’t even out of school yet, but, if you have a son or daughter headed to college this fall, it is time to start thinking about their room and/or apartment needs. Mamakea has learned it gets very busy during the college back-to-school time. Even worse, last year by the time the boom tapered off, IKEA St. Louis was out of many of the most popular items. To help you plan, Mamakea is going to give you some great IKEA college ideas for dorms or student apartments.
IKEA College Ideas–Storage
Whether you are living in a dorm or an apartment, storage systems are a must-have and IKEA’s are legendary. A very simple, affordable system is their Kallax series. This unit comes in various sizes, colors and there are plenty of basket solutions available that fit inside the cubbies and hide the jumble, and you can add inserts to divide the squares or add doors. Kallax units are simple to put together and will move well after school is finished.
IKEA College Ideas–Beds
There are at least three different approaches to beds for college students. For dorm rooms a loft is often a good idea, and IKEA has a great option in the Stuva loft bed with desk and storage. This can be custom configured and comes in a variety of accent colors so you can coordinate your bed with your new school colors! This is a small bed, however, and probably will not be comfortable for a tall/big person.
Another space saving idea is one of the many trundle beds that IKEA offers. There are two models, the Brimnes and Hemnes, that are both solid beds, have a pull out bed for guests, and offer bonus storage under the bed. Keep in mind, though, for these to work you must have clear floor space that is more than double the width of the closed bed. And they both work best if you buy the IKEA mattresses which are a narrow profile so they can be stacked when the bed is a twin and separated when the bed is open. Between the two , the Brimnes is less expensive, but the Hemnes has a true daybed feel with a high head, back and foot board all around, so I think this makes it the better study option.
If you are outfitting an apartment and have a full size bedroom, you probably want to consider a full-size or queen bed and of course IKEA has many options. Their most popular options are Malm and Brimnes. Both of these beds come with the option of underbed drawers and both have finish options. The Brimnes can be purchased with no headboard (just the frame), or with a headboard that includes storage. All IKEA beds also come with a choice of slatted base, which is the platform portion of the bed. My recommendation is to go with the basic model Luroy because it seems just as sturdy but is less expensive and MUCH easier to assemble.
IKEA College Ideas–Dressers
Depending on how much storage is built in to the living quarters and whether or not your bed has storage options, you may want to skip the dresser. But if you decide you need one, the most popular options are the Malm and Hemnes series. They are both affordable and roomy: the Malm is less expensive, but the Hemnes will hold up better and last past college. Both have different finish choices and an array of configurations. And for a little added style, be sure to check out my last blog about creative and easy “hacks”.
IKEA College Ideas –Desks
IKEA has 14 pages of items if you search “desks,” which includes study desks, computer desks, stand up desks, a variety of office chairs and many accessories. This is really a personal preference and therefore hard to make a recommendation. I can make two general statements: first, you get what you pay for–the cheaper the desk, the less durable it is–and, second, all of the office chairs I have assembled have been very nice. Having said that, I am going to point out a couple of my favorites.
As far as desks go, I think the Liatorp is very nice. It is strong, has hidden storage and has nice finishing details. It is available in white or this very nice grey. And as the images show, it can be faced against a wall or facing out and still look fantastic.
A totally different option is the Bekant Desk, which is height adjustable (it can be used as a “stand up desk”), has a cable management “net” underneath, is very solid and has a variety of color options. This model does not offer any storage, however.
In my experience, all of the IKEA office chairs are good quality and reasonably comfortable. In the end it mostly comes down to features and style. Considering all of this, my choice would be the very affordable Renberget swivel chair.
Of course, IKEA has everything else you need to set up a home, including kitchen and living room furniture, textiles, bathroom accessories and plenty of decor add-ons. Please give Mamakea a call soon and we will help put together your shopping list and your furniture!