Photos from home are the perfect way for students to stay connected and comforted as they embark on a new school year. When you're dealing with a tiny dorm or a cramped college apartment, however, photo display space is at a premium. By finding creative, clever ways to use open surfaces, you can surround your student with familiar photos without taking over the room.
Save Space With Digital Photo Frames
When every inch of wall space is covered with posters and class schedules, digital picture frames can save the day. These compact frames come with built-in digital storage, so you can load in a huge variety of photos. The frame can display a single image or rotate through your student's favorites. Most digital frames are about the same size as standard frames, so all you need is a small amount of space on a desk, wall or shelf. Be sure to check the power options — some frames need to be plugged in, while others run on batteries for more flexible positioning.
Use Collage Picture Frames to Make an Impact
Chances are, your student doesn't want to spend time hanging multiple frames. That's where collage photo frames can help. These large units hold a variety of pictures but require just one set of hanging hardware. You might surprise your student with a collection of family photos, or present your favorite college kid with a collage picture frame to hold snapshots of high school friends.
Break Out the Wall-Safe Adhesives
When space is tight, there's not always room for picture frames. One convenient solution? Use wall-safe adhesives to attach photos directly to the wall. Your student can overlap them and move them around, all without damaging the paint in their dorm. This option makes it easy to take advantage of tiny, otherwise unused wall space. Stick a line of photos to the narrow space between closets, or hang them below a window frame. You can even arrange them in unique shapes for extra visual impact. Hanging strips come with convenient tabs for easy removal, and foam mounting tape simply peels off at the end of the year. Putty gives you plenty of flexibility for tiny images or big posters.
String up Favorite Photos
Does your student have a large collection of photos to display? Make use of wall space by hanging them with yarn, twine or wire. To start, hang a long piece of yarn along your wall. Then, use small clips to attach photos to the yarn. You can hang these photo strings along the ceiling near a top bunk, or use multiple rows to create a ladder effect on an empty wall. Other great places include across the top of a closet frame, along the edge of a headboard or on the top edge of a mirror. Attach the ends of the yarn with tacks. If you can't make holes in the walls, tie the ends around bunk bed posts or attach them with sturdy tape.
Photos of family, friends and favorite pets are a great way to bring a touch of home to a dorm room. With a little creativity, your student can make use of limited space and create beautiful photo displays.
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