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Choosing the Right Chair for Your Dorm Room

Through all the hustle and extraneous amount of studying going on in college, you’re going to need some areas within your dorm to chill – that’s what we call, chill dorm room chairs.  Now, while looking for a chair or some healthy mixture of bean bag and paradise, there’s a few things that you’re going to want to know beforehand while making a decision because some of these chairs aren’t something you’re going to want to waste money on but will be the best investment you ever made.  We’re going to take you through a variety of different options, compare some of the pros and cons, then help you make a decision on what will suit you best.  Sound fair?  Alright, let’s get started.

Interior Chairs for Dorms

The Different Types of Dorm Chairs

Bean Bags

We’ve put bean bags first because they’re objectively the best kind of chair that you can get for dorm rooms. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, I once purchased a bean bag in my first year college and guess what, 8 years late, I still have it.  I may be living what some consider a “bachelor lifestyle” but all that really means is I have one fork, one spoon, one plate, and one knife – for my dinner and I cook for one.  It’s not all as luxurious as it’s hyped up to be, trust me.  Anyways, this list could effectively end right here, right now, and that would be better than a home cooked meal from the parents. But to be serious for a moment, bean bags are actually awesome. Here are a few of the reasons why bean bags are the best sort of chair you can have in your dorm room and a few stories about why I felt necessary as listing this as numero uno:

  1. They’re easy to move around the room.

    Wooden chairs scrape along the carpet and make horrible squeaky noises on anything else, and they’re heavy and cumbersome to move. You know that sound of nails on a chalk board?  Well, I really hate it and bean bags have never scarred me that way.  Bean bags are extremely quiet and just there when you need them.  If you can’t sleep and it’s the middle of the night, no worries, just head out into our living room and plop down into your ninja bag, no one is going to hear a thing while you eat your top ramen and watch Desperate Housewives.  I’m here to keep you on your roommates good side, and bear in mind that this sort of thing becomes important when you’re living away from home- the people underneath your room wouldn’t like to hear you scraping your chairs across the floor.

  2. They’re exceptionally comfy, no matter what you’re doing.

    Most would say they can’t be drawn up to a dining table (but if you do have one of these in your dorm room then you probably don’t need to worry about space).  That isn’t true.  There have been many occasions where my dorm roommates welcomed me at our dining table from bean bag.  Sure, at first it may have seemed a little strange but they got used to it, they always do.

  3. They’re also perfect for seamlessly bridging the world between doing things and sleeping.

    If your university days are going to be anything like mine, this is something you will need to know: how, when and where you sleep is going to be more important than ever. So what’s better than a chair that doubles as a bed, should the need or urge arise? You can’t sleep comfortably for eight hours in a stiff backed dining room chair. You can in a bean bag.  And don’t shy away from getting the large bag, it’s huge enough to fit my 6’1 butt and some more comfortably.  Below is a picture of my college girlfriend enjoying my bean bag (just kidding, I had a late awkward phase and she’s too cute for me anyway.)

Bean Bag Chair

Folding Butterfly Chairs

I actually didn’t really know what folding butterfly chairs were until I started my research and went to test them out.  If you can imagine, a grown man, well 28 years old, heading into a Target to ask for folding butterfly chairs, the weird looks I got…

Well, long story short, I wanted to list these as our second pick for this list because of their functionality and cheap price. Like I said, I wasn’t sure what they were and if you weren’t either, here’s my definition: they’re those folding camping chairs normally made of canvas; they’re designed to be the most basic chair, the very essence of ‘the chair’ with all the frills, bells and whistles taken out.  We’re talking no electric reclining action, no foot massage attached with bubble bath, we’re missing surround sound stereo systems, no back massage or rolling pin of “make my horrible week go away” kind of luxury I’m used to but, for the price, it’s hard to say no.  If you’re confident like me, you’ll want to work on your salesmanship skills to convince your friends who haven’t bathed in a few days to use this chair, rather than your bed.

  1. This chair is extremely mobile.

    If you’re meeting friends at the park for a barbecue or pre-gaming before the football game, you won’t have to sit on the grass like all the other peasants: you can lord it over them with your chair. Butterfly chairs are designed to be really light and easy to carry, so getting there and back won’t be a hassle. Some actually pack small enough that you can take them to festivals. No more green jeans from sitting on the grass for you!

  2. Butterfly chairs don’t get too warm. Probably the only drawback to bean bags is that in the spring and summer months, you’ll almost certainly get far too warm sitting in one. Butterfly chairs, on the other hand, are designed to keep cool indoors or out because they’re made of canvas. This is especially useful because the air conditioning- if there is any- in dorms isn’t always so great, so with a cushioned chair you might find your back (among other areas) becoming uncomfortably warm and sweaty. Not fun.
  3. Butterfly chairs- foldable ones, anyway- can be folded up and put away. This is great because unless you want to pay an eye watering price for a bigger room, you’ll be stuck with very little floor space for the next three or four years. If you have company around, or need more floor space for yoga or Pilates, then you can always put your chair away.

Chairs for Dorm Rooms

The humble office chair

Last but not least, the humble office rolly chair is our third choice for your dorm room. They can be found almost anywhere, both new and second hand, and in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty getting your hands on one.

  1. You can roll around in a rolly office chair. Let’s not beat around the bush, or pretend that we’re more mature than we are. Rolling around in a rolly office chair is a whole lot of fun, and probably the leading cause of chair-related injuries in the Western world at least. But seriously, being able to move around without standing up is actually really useful.
  2. Office chairs are good for working, not just playing. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but as a student, you really should dedicate at least some of your time to working. And if you have a desk in your dorm room, then an office chair is a really good addition to your working space; having a suitable and serious working area will actually help you to get your work done.
  3. Office chairs are adjustable! If you’re a little shorter than average, or a little taller than average, or have bad posture and tend to hunch forward in your chair, then fear not. Office chairs are generally adjustable so that you can sit comfortably no matter what. This is also the second thing that makes them fun, and you’ll probably spend more time bouncing up and down than trying to get comfy. Just make sure nobody comes up behind you and tilts you all the way back or makes you plummet towards the ground at a million miles per hour.

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