As the back-to-school season draws near, students everywhere gear up for a new academic journey—one that often involves the exciting yet challenging task of finding the ideal living space. The quest for a comfortable, functional, and suitable residence is a common experience shared by countless students. In this narrative, we explore how harnessing the power of 3D renderings can significantly ease the process of selecting the perfect college housing. Whether it’s a shared apartment, a dorm room, or any other accommodation, the ability to visualize the space can be a game-changer in ensuring a home that fosters both academic and personal growth.

Here’s the story of how I helped my son’s decision-making process for his imminent move to a 3-bedroom apartment in Seattle.

The apartment dilemma

My son and his friends were eagerly anticipating their move into a new apartment, but with each room offering its own unique features, making the right choice was proving to be quite the challenge. Room #1 offered a personal bathroom featuring just a toilet and a sink—providing a hint of seclusion. Room #2, on the other hand, had a little larger closet space, an attractive aspect for any student. And then there was Room #3, slightly smaller and with the closet nestled behind the entry door.

Here’s the floor plan:

The furniture fit challenge and the space planning solution

Adding to the challenge was my son’s desire to bring his bed along—a comfortable queen bed measuring 60×80 inches, with four handy drawers underneath, very useful to optimize storage space. But how would this bed fit into each room? Which layout would maximize the room’s potential? In need of a solution, I turned to the power of technology. I decided to use a room visualizer software to solve the challenge. Equipped with my son’s bed measurements and room layout images, I embarked on a virtual analysis. Placing the bed digitally within each room, the answer came to life. The visual aid showcased not only how the bed would snugly fit into each room but also how much space would remain for movement and storage.

The final choice

With the insight provided by the space planning drawings, the decision became much clearer. Room #2, with its spacious closet, emerged as the prime choice. But there was more to it than just the closet. Room #2’s layout was such that it allowed for additional furniture to be placed along the door wall, which made it even better. 

Then, my son talked to his two roommates about his choice. One of them liked the room with the bathroom from the start. The other roommate didn’t mind which room. It worked out well, with the one who wanted the bathroom getting it, and the other roommate being okay with any room. It all matched up with what we saw in the virtual room layouts.

Since the other two kids planned to have single beds and a 3ft wide round table, and we provided the Ikea sofa bed that was in my “she shed”, this is how the furniture fit in the new apartment. 

Floor plan furnished- back to school

As my son prepares for this exciting new chapter in his life, the role that 3D renderings played in simplifying our decision-making process stands out. To all the parents and students out there facing the challenge of college housing choices, remember that sometimes a little technological innovation can go a long way in turning confusion into clarity and helping our kids embark on their journey with confidence. 

As you embark on your own back-to-school journey, remember that the tools at your disposal are more powerful than ever before. Take advantage of them to make informed choices that will shape your college experience.

So, whether you’re about to move into a shared apartment, a dorm room, or any other living space, don’t hesitate to explore the possibilities. Your perfect college housing solution might be just a few clicks away. Happy house hunting, and here’s to a successful and comfortable academic journey ahead!

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