Living on your own for the first time is a big deal, and you want your new space to look amazing. After all, you’re basically going to be spending the entire year living there!
It shouldn’t come as a shock that dorm rooms aren’t exactly the most spacious of places. Aside from a few pieces of furniture, you really are starting from scratch. However, decorating your dorm doesn’t have to be overwhelming—it’s actually a fun place to get creative! Check out some of the dorm décor tips that our partners at Bed Bath & Beyond put together.
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1. Curtains make dorm rooms feel less institutional and more like a home.
Add a pop of color (and protect your privacy) with a vibrant set of curtains. They’re an easy way to dress up a bare window and shade your sleepy eyes from that early morning sun. Nervous about damaging the walls? Good news—you don’t need a drill to hang a curtain rod. Avoid those dreadful end-of-the-year fines by using Command™ Hooks instead. If you go to school in a colder area, thermal curtains are a good option for keeping your room warm and cozy year round.
2. An area rug completes the home-away-from-home feeling and brings warmth to cold dorm floors.
Area rugs add a touch of coziness to any room. It’s also an easy way to add a fun pattern to your décor. If your dorm room isn’t carpeted, placing the area rug right by your bed will prevent you from having to step out of bed onto the cold floor each morning. You don’t want that kind of rude awakening first thing in the morning before class!
3. A storage ottoman is a discreet way to store extra belongings. It also gives guests a place to sit.
With space in short supply, multi-functional furniture is the way to go. Double up on utility with an ottoman. This is a great place to store out-of-season clothing throughout the year, or a great place to keep some extra school supplies.
4. A gallery wall is an inexpensive and fun way to fill a blank space.
Try starting with a few items and building outward throughout the year. Let it be a great reflection of you! Pick up some Command™ Strips since they remove easily and cleanly, preventing damage to the walls when hanging pictures and other wall décor.
5. String lights are a creative way to bring more light into the room.
String lights add a nice ambiance to any dwelling. Want to spice it up a bit? Try combining multiple strands, like spheres and stars, to create an eclectic look.
6. Throw pillows make a bed extra comfy and are great for adding pops of color.
A pile of fluffy pillows makes any bed feel like heaven on earth. Plus, they’re great for adding color and patterns to a plain bedspread. Try mixing and matching your throw pillows. Choose a uniting color scheme, and then go wild with different sizes, patterns and textures. This will make your bed look like it’s straight out of a magazine.
7. A wall tapestry is an easy way to fill a plain white wall.
Go big or go home! Tapestries are perfect for adding some texture to a large space—at a small cost. If you’ve already stocked up on wall décor, hang the tapestry on the ceiling above your bed for a calming visual when you’re lying down.
8. Create more storage space with an over-the-door shoe storage organizer.
Dorm rooms don’t have much space for extra drawers and storage bins, so storing things vertically on your closet door is a seriously convenient space-saver. These storage units don’t just hold shoes—they’re great for organizing your jewelry, toiletries, or snacks.
9. A shelving unit that fits above the bed provides more space for storage and decoration.
Add some much-needed storage to your room without taking up a ton of space. If you’re already out of room on your desk, these shelves are a great place for displaying picture frames as well.
10. Mirrors reflect light and help a small room feel larger.
Open up your space by adding a few decorative mirrors to the wall. They’re inexpensive and can easily be personalized. For convenience, an over-the-door mirror is a great way to quickly check out your outfit before heading off to class.
Style and comfort IS possible in a small dorm room. With these tips in mind, you can make your room a showcase of your personal style and a space you love being in. Share these tips with your future roommate and collaborate on decorating your space in a fun way that reflects both of your styles. Make sure to share photos of your college shopping experience and all of your amazing dorm room finds with #StudentLifeHappens!
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