DCI Content Library
At DCI, we strive to publish articles that educate, excite, and inspire. The residence hall furniture industry has so many fascinating facets to highlight and we've only just begun.
This library organizes our current content into bite-sized topical sections designed to help you hone in on your desired area of focus. Not finding what you're looking for? Just shoot me an email and I'll do my best to help you out.
DCI: Forging Locally Crafted Furniture for 40 Years
DCI’s Green Manufacturing: From Forest to Floor
What is sustainable residence hall furniture anyways? How can you be sure that you're getting the most eco-friendly furniture for your housing needs? Are your students at risk of exposure to VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other common chemicals used in furniture manufacturing?
From using non-toxic materials and developing climate friendly manufacturing processes to supporting local economies and reducing waste, your furniture choices can have a huge impact on the environment.
At DCI, we are passionately committed to making furniture based on the most sustainable principles and practices. And in the following articles, we explore the benefits of sustainable furniture and the potential hazards—for people and the planet—of not choosing sustainable furniture.
- Student Retention - Can Sustainable Lounge Furniture Really Help?
- A Guide To Sustainable Residence Hall Furniture
- Why You Should Choose Sustainably Manufactured Furniture
- A Green Manufacturing Process For Residence Hall Furniture
- How To Build Sustainable Residence Hall Furniture
- 7 Sustainability Questions You Need To Ask Before You Buy Your Residence Hall Furniture?
- Why We Power Our Operation with Renewable Biomass Fuel
- The Benefits of Buying Locally Crafted Residence Hall Furniture
- VIDEO: Making Sustainable Furniture in the Beautiful White Mountains
- Why Rubberwood Is Not Sustainable
- How Student Wellness & Green Furniture Go Together
- How Our UV Finish Improves Your Indoor Air Quality
- Here’s How Wood Laminate Poisons People And The Biosphere
- Is Your Furniture Toxic? Everything You Need To Know About Flame Retardant Chemicals
- Harvard Study: Green Buildings (And Furniture) Improve Student Cognition
Wood Is Good
- 5 Reasons Why Wood Is The Greenest Furniture Choice
- [VIDEO] Wood: Nature’s Stroke of Genius
- 7 Reasons Why DCI Makes Sustainable Solid Hardwood Furniture
- The Miracle Of Wood: How To Repurpose Your Old Residence Hall Furniture
- How To Harvest Wood While Nurturing Forest Health
- PSU: Installing Sustainably Harvested & Manufactured Wood Furniture
Climate Friendly Furniture
- NYC Sues Oil Industry for Climate Change Damage and Divests Pension Funds
- [VIDEO] Want To Tackle Climate Change On Campus? Use Real Wood Furniture
- How To Craft Climate Friendly Furniture That Creates Zero Waste
- Global Warming, Climate Accords, And Sustainable Furniture
- 2016 Was The Hottest Year on Record. Here’s What You Can Do.
- Looking for Climate Leadership? Look No Further.
How can you be sure that your residence hall furniture is non-toxic, adheres to the most sustainable manufacturing standards, and features post-consumer recycled content? To begin with, you should ensure that your furniture supplier has obtained objective third-party certifications.
In this section, we highlight some of the most important certifications for your sustainable furniture.
- Why Your Residence Hall Needs FSC Certified Furniture
- How To Earn LEED Credits With DCI Furniture
- How To Source Sustainable Materials For Residence Hall Furniture
Residence hall furniture design is one of our passions here at DCI. But not everybody understands the contours of furniture design. Over the last century, we've experienced a creative explosion as furniture evolved through a variety of revolutionary styles. From Mission, early and mid-century Modern to Contemporary styles, DCI offers several lines in each of these distinct styles.
In this section, you'll learn about the history and emergence of Mission, Modern, and Contemporary styles and how we integrate these styles into your furniture.
- Technology & Student Housing Furniture: What You Need To Consider
- Designing Informal Learning Spaces: How New Furniture Breathes Fresh Life Into Dead Spaces
- How To Increase Your Occupancy With Limited Space
- What Is Mission Furniture & Why Is It Great For Residence Halls?
- How To Customize Your Contemporary Furniture Design
- What Is Contemporary Furniture Design?
- Why Modern Design Is Perfect For Residence Halls
- The Evolution of Modern Furniture Design
These case studies feature stories of our most interesting work with some of our most impressive partners.
How do you engage students in your furniture selection process? How do you add innovative features to your bunk beds? How can you source wood for the beds from your school's property? How do you recycle and repurpose more than 100 sets of furniture?
These are just a few of the questions and lessons learned that we highlight in these case studies.
- University of Maryland College Park
- University of Nevada Las Vegas
- UC Berkeley
- UCLA University Apartments
- Fordham University
- UCLA Weyburn Terrace
- California Lutheran University
- Duke University
- Penn State University
- UC San Diego
- UC Irvine
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Cruz
- UC Riverside
- Whittier College
- Plymouth State University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of New Hampshire
- Boston College
- Pepperdine University
- Dartmouth College
Purchasing & Value
How can you be sure that you're getting the most value for your money when you're buying residence hall furniture? It's a complex question.
In this section, you'll get several different perspectives on that question along with angles to help you choose the best option for your housing context.
- 4 Criteria For Selecting Your Residence Hall Furniture Supplier
- Should You Lease Or Buy Your Furniture?
- How Do You Get the Best Value When Choosing Housing Furniture?
- How You Benefit from Working with Vertically Integrated Companies
In our experience, most schools don't include their students in the residence hall furniture selection process. That's an interesting situation, given that half of students' higher education expenses are housing-related.
But the winds of change are blowing and some schools are doing a remarkable job at including their students in the furniture selection process. Here are a few examples.
- How Student Wellness & Green Furniture Go Together
- Want to Empower Your Students? Include Them In Your Purchasing Process
- A Study in How to Include Your Students in Selecting Furniture
- Case Study: Penn State University
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