As a freshman headed off to college you may be apprehensive about living independently for the first time. While there are few experiences as rewarding as dorm life, it can bring a host of challenges. If your living space becomes uncomfortable or unpleasant it can have a negative effect on your entire college experience.
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Dorm mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable. But why are they so exceptionally bad? A big part of it boils down to cost as schools want the least expensive mattress, which means cutting costs on materials.
Your first year at college is an exciting time. It can also be pretty stressful as you adjust to a new, more independent life away from home. What many freshmen don’t know yet is how dorm-life can contribute to that stress. That’s not to say dorm life is bad — on average, studies find that living on campus all four years can increase your GPA by nearly a full point — but it may require some insight and a little navigation to avoid a bad fit.
Before you move in, be ready with a list of questions to ask college admissions about dorms to make sure you’ve got the right fit. Here are some to get you started:
Dorm room mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable. This is due in part to mass production, as well as an emphasis on durability over comfort during construction. The less-than-cozy quality of a mattress presents a problem for college freshmen who are already dealing with huge life adjustments. A solid night’s rest is a must for these new students and an uncomfortable mattress can hinder that. Luckily a few changes to your college mattress will noticeably improve its comfort.
Entering college is one of the most exciting moments in anyone’s life. Living away from home and meeting new people from all over the world makes dorm life a truly one-of-a-kind experience. One of the biggest adjustments for any incoming college freshman is making the transition to living away from your parents. Not only that, but most freshmen live in shared space with several roommates. With so many new experiences, dorm common areas like the bathroom or kitchen can be neglected and frankly become quite gross.
It’s easy to forget that fabrics can be complex, technical in design, and created to help augment an industry’s textile needs.
For example, medical grade vinyl is a specialty textile created specifically for the healthcare industry; it’s a type of fabric that is treated to be antimicrobial, flame retardant, and resistant to common odor and liquid contaminants.
When it comes to specialty textiles, quality is absolutely critical. This is especially true for dorm room mattresses. Here, quality is determined by the design, durability and reliability of its fabric.
Often, dorm room mattresses are subjected to rips, tears and stains in the student setting. The longevity of the mattress is dependent on its construction, so materials must be made from quality fabrics.
Antimicrobial fabric, what is it? What’s it made of? Why is it effective? What do you need to know about this specialty fabric and why is it great for use in so many products?
First, let’s define what antimicrobial means. The term ‘antimicrobial’ is defined as: “destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, and especially pathogenic microorganisms.”
Prison is not a fun thing to think about. But the fact remains, prisons are like any other facility; they need to be stocked, supplied, and taken care of. One of the things that prisons need are beds. Prison bedding is not your typical, standard bed. In fact, prison beds are made from specialty fabrics that are designed to withstand the wear and tear of use as well as abuse.
Designing for hospital rooms is about more than providing a comfortable patient area with medical equipment—it’s about creating a better healthcare and healing experience for patients and their families during a hospital stay, as well as developing a better workspace for caregivers.
Whether you’re designing a new hospital room or renovating an existing one, adding the right hospital curtains can dramatically impact the overall look and feel of a room. Below are some ideas on how to successfully incorporate them into your design plans.