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Create a canopy to grant yourself some privacy when you move back to school

Blue is a perfect color for a silk drape in a dorm because it tends to go with any aesthetic.

Blue is a perfect color for a silk drape in a dorm because it tends to go with any aesthetic.

Now that Labor Day has finally come and gone, summer has ended for college students across the country and class is back in session. Moving back on campus is never easy, especially if you choose to live in student housing, where privacy tends to be a luxury that comes at too high a premium. As a result, you are doomed to days spent studying in common rooms and sharing a bathroom with dozens of other coeds.

In your actual dorm room, you may find that the sleeping area itself leaves a lot more to be desired than you had hoped for or imagined. This is especially true if you live with a roommate who you haven't shared a dorm with before. You have to work to find routines that accommodate each other's needs and get comfortable with one another to the point where you can maybe let your guard down and not worry about listening to music or asking them to turn theirs down.

In the meantime, you can create a little bit of privacy for yourself by incorporating solid silk drapes into the overall aesthetic of the room. In many dorm situations, you are stuck with bunk beds that may at first seem like a pain but are actually a blessing in disguise. Hang solid silk drapes from the perimeter of the top bunk to turn your bottom-bunk bed into a princess bed with a canopy. This way, you can shut the curtain to study in peace when you need to or even just draw it so that you can take a quick nap between classes without being interrupted by the natural light.