3-D Tool Helps Students Decorate Dorm Rooms
Beginning a year at college can be stressful enough in its own right
without the added hassle of scrambling to buy myriad dorm room supplies
and decorations before classes begin. Target and other superstores may
benefit from that rush, but a new site aims to help students plan and
shop for their living quarters ahead of time with the help of some 3-D
web-based 3-D interior design tool that allows college students to
customize their dorm room interiors and purchase what they need online.
When students register with the Los Angeles-based site, they begin by
indicating the university they'll be attending. Ultimately, that will
generate a selection of floor plans with exact room dimensions used in
the corresponding dorms, and DesignYourDorm is currently pilot-testing
those capabilities with the University of Pennsylvania, according to TechCrunch
For universities that haven't signed on, however, students are given a
series of generic room layouts. Either way, they next choose the type
of room they'll have—single, double or triple, in various
configurations—and then begin moving furniture and accessories around.
Gaps can be filled in from items available from DesignYourDorm's online
store—furniture, accessories, appliances and more—and many of them can
be virtually dragged and dropped into the room to see how they will
look. Perhaps best of all, roommates can collaborate virtually over the
summer using the site to plan and coordinate their purchases ahead of
time. Once they've decided what they'll need to buy, they can order the
items and have them shipped directly to their college—order fulfillment
is handled by Amazon, which passes revenue on to DesignYourDorm through
its affiliate program.
Similar in many ways to DesignMyRoom—which
sadly got repurposed since we covered it last year—DesignYourDorm is
free for both students and participating universities, which will
ultimately get a cut of sales generated through the site, according to
TechCrunch. Given that there are more than 18 million college students in the US alone, could be a good one to bring to campuses in your neck of the postsecondary woods!
Spotted by: Roberta Steinberg