Super-groovy makeovers to organize your dorm or bedroom (1971)
CREATE GROOVY STORAGE FOR YOUR PAD
Has a paraphernalia explosion hit your pad? Are you short on space for storing stereo and records, seating friends? Here’s one reader’s doubly good solution.
WIDEN A WINDOW VIEW
Take two double cubes in singing colors and place them under the window, then top with pillows. Presto! You have a mini music center and cushy seating, too. – Jane Schmittdiel, Los Angeles, California
P.S. MULTIPLY AND CONQUER
Why stop with two units when you can go on like this:
- Frame the entire window in cubist casework
- Get set with op-art canisters to hold miscellany
- Match wall to shades: stick on dot-and-dash vinyl
- Zebra-stripe the floor with a no-glue, no-wax covering
Separate areas in the bedroom or dorm room
Too-square room, too-full closet? Two heads (plus ours) came up with these practical, decorative notes
ADD SUPER SHAPERS
Screenery to the rescue! Make a great divide and reap useful extra surfaces — one for fashion and accessory hang-ups, the other for a beautiful furniture backdrop. – Barbara Goldberg, Trumbull, Connecticut
Pair two trunks to make a zany dressing table with built-in storage space. Jetting away? Unstack and pack. – Ann Gilpin, St. Joseph, Missouri
P.S. SPLASH ON COLORWORKS
Combine both bright ideas for a marvelous makeup and dressing center; clash lively hues to turn it on
- Wrap the screenery in outdoorsy gift paper
- Paint trunks shocking pink (they’ll never get lost)
- Billow pillows in snappy crinkle vinyl
- Contour-cover the bed with pillow-matching shine
- Nest plastic-fantastic tables here and there
Paper by Faroy, Riverdale vinyl pillows, Comark fabric
Home decorating: Organizing & storage for your pad or bedroom
Do you start your day with a treasure hunt? Are possessions cramping your style? Peruse these sparkling ways to neaten a nook, put everything in its place.
BAG CHEERY CATCHALLS
Paper the walls with blooming vinyl (or any glowy cover-up), then use extra cuttings to make closet door prizes: matching bags for accessory etceteras. – Janet Schluger, Flushing, New York
Make a sunshine stand-tum an old milk can into an umbrella holder by painting it the most upbeat yellow. Or top its lid with a plump cushion for spiffy seating. – Jane Halbach, Cedar Falls, Iowa
P.S. MORE IS MERRIER
Continue the closet clearing with handy sequels:
- Mix nifty garment bags that go to all lengths
- Stack two-tone boxes for accessory put-ons Open the door to towel racks, petite pictures
- Square off the floor with stick-to-it checker tiles
- Make tracks with furry feet-or hang them up
Wall covering by Wall-Tex, Bogen garment bags, Goodyear floor tiles, Glenoit footprint rugs
Time to get organized?
Change your dorm or room into a happy habitat by following these collective tips (ideal for busy students, into-everything activists)
MAKE HANDY PIN-UPS
Create a bulletin board of felt: turn edges under, thread yardsticks through and trim in contrast braid, ribbon. – Cynthia Young, Radford, Virginia
Deck the door with a giant writing pad for while-you-were-out messages, noteworthy thoughts; add fluttery butterfly placemats or cutouts for a personal touch. – Betsy Johns, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
P.S. PULL IT TOGETHER
Swing into full zing by adding comfortable plumage:
- Play up the floor with plush bathroom carpeting
- Fit a spread to the bed to make it sleek in a wink
- Give pillows the slip: hide them in bed-matched covers
- Catch table-turning cans to store stuff and stack
- Paper walls in prepasted zigzags (easy on and off)
Lysander carpeting, Karla bed fashions, United-DeSoto wallpaper
Vintage bedroom decor for kids: Change the scene (1972)
In a child’s room, periodic remodelings are a must, just to keep up with the child’s growth and to cover the wear and tear. While you’re about it, why not treat your youngster to a completely new color scheme?
1) A preschooler’s bedroom
We designed this room for a preschooler, but it could be adapted easily for an older child. The yellow and orange scheme is a good demonstration of how to use two related or harmonious colors.
To make the room look larger, we painted the end wall a shade lighter than the carpet, ran the color across the ceiling, and painted the walls on either side white. Cabinets, door and woodwork were painted with semigloss enamel for easier cleaning.
2) Room for an older child
A combination of wallpaper and coordinated fabric transforms the same room for an older child. We painted the walls and cabinets orange, then played some strong pattern against it.
We papered the end wall and ceiling in the pattern, and repeated it in the bedspread and curtains. The plaid’s neutral colors and white background help tone down the room’s intense color.
3) The room for a young teenager
For a young teen, we switched to a mix of bright colors and striped accents. We included all the primary colors, plus green on two walls.
This time, we papered only the end wall, hanging the stripes horizontally to coordinate with the cabinets and to make the room seem wider than it actually is. Matching striped fabric appears on the bed and curtain trim.
High-gloss enamel on the door and furniture shines up the paint-box color scheme, while white ceiling and accents provide the necessary balance.
Small bedroom idea: Shag carpet & platforms (1976)
Cutting across from door to window, the “upper level” offers space to sleep and study, and leaves the rest of the room wide open for dressing, play and everything else.
The platform is 14 inches high, with three drawers built into the top riser. The mattress and box spring rest in a box on casters that can be pulled out to make the bed. The design of the desk, window seat and headboard are easily adapted to any room — just plan their sizes and locations around the window.
The angular cabinet at the foot of the bed is bonus storage and can be fitted with shelves or used as a hanging space.
Everything here is plywood. Use a lower grade for the carpeted platform, and a top grade for the built-ins so you can get the smooth glossy finish. Add an acrylic sheet to the desk top to protect the work surface.
Split-level systems to make your bedroom work better (1976)
Fun furniture: Make a lofty bunk bed (1976)
The fireman’s pole makes getting out of bed a zip! And the whole project is a zip to build into any boy’s room. Build the dresser and the wall storage unit first, then install the box for the mattress and springs between them. Add the ladder and fireman’s pole, and everything is ready.
For a spend-the-night guest, or for daytime lounging, add the mattress-only bunk below. The high bunk is 4-1/2 feet off the floor — low enough for handy bed making and for adequate sitting-up space above.
Fun furniture for kids’ rooms: Drop-down desk (1976)
Handsome paneling covers both walls and built-ins in this use-every-inch bedroom. Its biggest asset is the hinged, plywood-backed panel that swings down over the bed to form a king-size work surface.
Magnetic catches hold the panel up. When it’s down for action, it rests on cleats at the head and foot of the bed.