Study up: The Dorm Décor Test

By: Jennifer Sellers

Study up: The Dorm Décor Test
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About This Quiz

You won't need a blue book for this exam. Answer the questions to improve your decorating GPA.
College is often the first chance for a person to do what to a room of their own?
fumigate it
decorate it
Decorating your dorm room is something you can do without mom's influence.
renovate it

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College students often have a lot of disposable income for what?
drinking
decorating
nothing
While college students can blow what little money they have on partying or decorating -- or anything else -- they typically don't have a lot of disposable income.

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What is a good source of free furnishings and décor?
family members
It's a good idea to hit up your loved ones for stuff they no longer need.
sweepstakes
the financial aid department

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What is something inexpensive you can do if you don't like the style of the hand-me-downs you receive?
Tell the person you got it from they have bad taste.
Update it with paint or a slipcover.
Painting and using slipcovers are great methods for updating old furnishings.
Throw it in the garbage.

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What is a benefit of making your own décor?
It's inexpensive.
It's expressive.
both are correct
Decorating with do-it-yourself pieces allows you to express your creativity on the cheap.

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Why shouldn't you spend a lot of money on decorating your dorm room?
Your decorating style and tastes will evolve over the years.
You don't want to invest a lot in items you're not likely to use after college.
Your roommate might steal your stuff.
Your school might set a budget limit.

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In which of these places will you NOT find quality used furniture and decorative items?
consignment stores
warehouse stores
Consignment furniture stores and charity stores are great places to find stylish décor at a bargain. Warehouse stores can sometimes offer good prices on new items.
charity stores

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What should you be wary of when buying something through an online classifieds site?
scams
broken or non-operational items
both are correct
A classifieds site like Craigslist is a great place to find a deal. But be careful of both scams and defective merchandise.

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Dumpster-diving is a great way to furnish your dorm room for what reason?
Duh -- it's free.
Most people who can afford to throw out their furniture have great taste.
Dumpster-diving actually isn't a good idea.
Curbside garbage may have any number of hazards, from fleas to bedbugs to exposed screws or nails.

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Should you split decorating costs with your roommate?
Yes
No
Maybe
Splitting costs with your roommate can save you money -- particularly if you have similar tastes. But before you share any new purchases, consider the trickiness of ownership in such situations.

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What is one of the best strategies for decorating a dorm room on a budget?
buying small accessories
Accessories allow you to create the décor you want -- but without spending a lot of money.
investing in quality larger items
only buying bedding

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Accessorizing a room is a lot like what?
taking a test
solving a puzzle
accessorizing an outfit
Just like with your wardrobe, accessories can make a look.

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Accessories allow you not only to decorate on a budget, but what else?
redecorate on a budget
Because they're small and inexpensive items, you can change up your room pretty easily and affordably with accessories.
decorate like an interior designer
decorate in a lasting way

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Stick-on decals, chalk murals and enlarged photographs are affordable options for decorating what?
your floors
your walls
Instead of expensive art, look into enlarging photos, buying decals or drawing with sidewalk chalk to decorate your walls.
They're not affordable options for decorating.

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Affordable accessories are most likely to be found where?
yard sales
popular retail stores
both are correct
You can find inexpensive accessories almost anywhere you're willing to look.

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What are some primary decorating concepts for guys to focus on?
matching and color-coordinating
cleaning and organizing
To make his room more welcoming, a guy should make sure it's clean and neat.
grouping and displaying

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Canvas storage boxes and under-the-bed boxes are a great way to deal with what?
clothes and shoes
If you don't have a lot of closet or drawer space, these types of storage boxes can help you manage your wardrobe.
books
DVDs

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What is something that can double as both a storage container and extra seating?
a plastic bin
a storage ottoman
A small storage ottoman can store your stuff and seat a friend.
a bed

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What are some other common storage items suitable for a dorm room?
canvas totes
stackable shelves
both are correct
Both canvas totes and stackable shelves are inexpensive tools for organizing a dorm room.

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What is the No. 1 decorating don't for college students?
not matching the throw pillows with the bedspread
using pastel colors
using credit cards
Credit cards are a major source of debt for college students, so don't use them for non-essentials like decorating.

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You Got:
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