Decorate Your Dorm With AR

Tap for apps that help you visualize your new digs.

Every dorm room is a blank canvas. While everybody else’s looks exactly alike, you can make your space all yours—even if it’s tiny!—by styling it with the help of augmented reality (AR).

AR is a technology that uses a newer iPhone or iPad’s camera and sensors to let you view a 3D rendering of an object as though it were actually there.

When decorating a room, you can walk into an empty space and see what the place would look like with the lamp, chair, and art you have in mind—before you buy them.

IKEA Place

‣ Have a corner that’s perfect for a comfy reading (or videogaming) chair? Use IKEA Place to shop in AR and check out the mustard-yellow Ekerö chair in that corner. Does it fit? For an extra bit of pop in the room, pair it with a Klabb lamp. Now that’s cozy.

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‣ The right rug can be a room’s statement piece. Houzz has a deep selection of options that are easy on the eyes and luxurious on the toes—like this shag ombré number, which you can rotate in AR to place at just the right angle. Balance the look with a teal throw pillow.

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‣ The art on your walls says a lot about you. What inspires you? What motivates you? What great things might you have on your horizon? What faraway places will you visit someday? is loaded with a massive library of awesome posters that tap into film, TV, music, painting, photography, science, and much more. We especially love this solar system poster—which, as you can tell your astronomy professor, still very much includes Pluto.

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