As you probably know, our oldest daughter graduated in May and is headed to college in the fall. We are in full college planning mode! Recently, we met with her new roommate to design the perfect dorm room with Not Just Dorms.

Personalized Design Services

Not Just Dorms helps college freshmen design their perfect dorm room. From well-priced custom headboards, coverlets, and duvets to throw pillows and drapery for the dorm room that can also be used in their apartment later.  Not Just Dorms is a do-it-all destination. All of their items are custom-made to order in 10 to 14 days.

So, if you have just received your dorm assignment or even just decided who your roommate will be, Not Just Dorms can get your creations to you in plenty of time! They can be shipped anywhere in the US. We are shipping ours straight to the school!  (If you’re in Dallas, join us for a pop up this week! Details below!)

Online Design Services

Not Just Dorms has a great website that is easy to navigate. Here, you can select your pieces and design your perfect room. They show you lots of inspiration and options for headboards, bedskirts, duvets, pillows and more.  Additionally, they are more than happy to hop on the phone with you and send you photos of fabrics and ideas.

In-Person Design Services

In addition to their website, they have a show room in their hometown and in Dallas.  My friend, Celeste Chadwick, is the Dallas area designer.  We met her at her home, where she has samples of everything and fabrics galore!  To set up an appointment with her, email

The girls let Celeste know which colors they liked, and she pulled different color groupings for them to look at. They immediately gravitated to the same one! What luck!

We chose to do a full suite of bedding, including the custom headboard with coordinating duvet, the headboard pillow with contrast cording and monogram, bed skirts with a coordinating fabric trim, Mongolian lamb lumbar pillow, and coordinating throw pillow.  Her mom and I loved the one-stop-shopping!

While girls are the ones who typically select full designs for their beds, the boys are not left out! Not Just Dorms sells a lot of headboard pillows for guys’ dorm rooms. This is a large pillow that functions as a headboard, and it’s a replacement for the old armchair-like pillow we all had growing up.


I hope you’ll join me and Celeste for a Not Just Dorms Pop Up this Thursday from 1pm-3pm.  We’d love to help your college bound daughter and room mate put together a design they love!  Leave a comment below or email celeste@notjustdorms(dot)com for the address of the pop-up.  We look forward to seeing you!


I can’t wait to share the final product with you when we install it on move-in day in August. I’ll be sharing all the steps we go through while getting prepared to move into college. If you’ve never done this before, there is so much more to think of than I knew! I am going to share all the details with you as we go.

Next week, I’ll be sharing our dorm room organization checklist and then a post on great services that are available at many schools, as well as extras we are bringing for move-in day to be extra-prepared.

If you have any tips or tricks for moving your first child to college, please leave them below! I would love the input and would love to share it with others.

Thanks for following along on this new journey!



Thank you to Not Just Dorms for sponsoring this post.  All selections and opinions are my own.

Photos by Mary Hafner

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