If you’re anything like me, prospective student, you like to have a plan. From having the general structure of your fall schedule planned out in March, to wanting to know exactly what public transportation you need to take to get to Washington DC, you want to plan things out.
As such, it was hard for me to know so little about what my dorm was going to be like. Short of some 2 or 3-minute long Hopkins Cribs episodes on YouTube, there was little information about what to expect. In this blog, I hope to give some better insight into the furniture in the room through pictures and CAD (Computed-aided design) drawings.
Some notes about the CAD drawings:
- The files are PDFs
- All measurements are in inches
- Due to my CAD skills not being perfect, some of the measurements might be off by a tenth of an inch or two
While this is all based on the furniture in my dorm in AMRII, it seems like everyone has furniture that is at least similar. Each dorm comes with four pieces of furniture: a bed, a desk (with chair), a dresser, and a chest of drawers.
The desk is pretty standard. It has enough room to store all your textbooks/notebooks/paper and leave room to work. I personally do all my homework at my desk, but most people I’ve talked to say they can’t concentrate in their room. If you’re the type of person that can work in their room though, it’s perfectly doable. In addition, the chair provided was actually quite comfortable.
The dresser is also standard. It can probably hold 30-ish articles of clothing hanging on the bar, depending on their thickness, and there’s space at the bottom to lay sweatshirts, shorts, etc.
While there is the option to lower the bed to normal height, or loft the bed (so that the desk can fit under it) most people stick with the default half-loft (which means the mattress is about 3 ft off the ground). It’s definitely not as comfortable as my bed back home, but I have no problems sleeping on it. If you’re really picky, getting a mattress pad designed to go on top of or under the mattress would be good.
Chest of Drawers
The chest of drawers contains three drawers. I use it for socks, pajamas, bedding, and towels. Between this and the dresser, I can pretty easily fit most of my wardrobe, though your mileage may vary.
In addition to the four aforementioned pieces, I brought down a set of plastic drawers for toiletries and medicine, and a nightstand/drawer combination. I really recommend both of these items, as the extra storage is definitely nice to have. Definitely get something that can act as a nightstand, because you don’t want to be the person using a cardboard box.