A dorm room should be a college student’s sanctuary. A place where they can unwind from a stressful day, and call their own. This can be difficult to achieve due to limited space provided by the dorm, but these dorm décor ideas are here to save the day.
1. Hanging shelves
Hanging shelves look adorable and can be used for space savers! Put picture frames, jewelry organizers, or plants on the hanging shelves for a cute look.
2. Create A Headboard
Creating a headboard is simple. Begin with a few pieces of wood. Most dorm room beds are a twin XL sized bed, so it does not have to be wide in width. Either sand and stain the headboard, or cover with foam and fabric. Headboards make a bedroom look so much more put together. Try out this décor idea.
3. Canvas Paintings
Get creative and break out some paint brushes! Canvases and paint are super cheap at any craft store. It would be a fun activity to do with friends before everyone moves away to college. Then the paintings can be displayed in the dorms.
A futon is awesome for when people are staying the night in the dorm. Futons act as an extra bed, and an extra spot for people to sit. Try lofting the bed in the dorm, and then sticking a futon underneath.
Plants make any small space lively and pleasant. There are plenty of options to choose from. Start with a tiny plant, or even a fake plant. Succulents are popular and require minimal care. Just something small to spruce up the room.
6. Coffee Mugs
Coffee Mugs can be used in several areas throughout a dorm room. Buy cute coffee mugs to create a coffee station in the corner of the room if you have a coffee maker. Get a few and organize them in a cute way. Another way to use a coffee mug is as a desk organizer. It is a great place to hold pencils or hair ties.
7. Message Board
Message Boards are all over Instagram currently. Order a message board to help spread positive reminders in a dorm room. Message boards are awesome for celebrating birthdays or holidays.
8. Photo String
This is a great way to keep fond memories close. Hang a piece of string, then begin hanging photos using clothes pins or paper clips. The idea is not only cute, but can remind you of home when feeling home sick.
9. Photo Wall
Photo walls are a great way to display some favorite photos on the wall. Begin by taping photos to the wall until a large area of the wall is covered and there is minimal wall space visible.
10. Mini Fridge Decorations
If there is a mini fridge in the dorm order magnets for the fridge. Amazon is a great place to check. Get some magnets that match the aesthetic of the room or that are just funny or cute.
11. Hanging Mirrors
Hanging mirrors come in all shapes and sizes. If looking for a full body mirror, go for a rectangular one and hang it on a door. Look at more elaborate designed mirrors for decoration that can be hung on the wall. Mirrors are functional and stylish.
12. Throw Pillows
Throw pillows make or break a bed. Invest in a few cute pillows to make the room feel put together. Choose comfortable and trendy pillows.
13. Fun Throw Blankets
Throw blankets go along with the rest of the bed décor. Get a few throw blankets and layer them on the bed for a trendy design. Get cozy blankets to make the dorm feel more warm and homey.
14. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights should be a must on your décor ideas list. They are cheap and add warmth to the room. Fairy lights are great for when one roommate wants to sleep, while the other is studying. Just compromise and turn on the fairy lights.
15. School Supplies Organizer
Desk organizers are so important. The desk in dorm rooms are small and dull. Spice things up by getting matching school supplies organizers. Pencil holders, folder holders, a desk top calendar, anything that is functional. Be organized to keep that grade point average high this upcoming semester.
16. Stylist Clothes Hamper
Clothes hampers can be an eyesore, but this is an issue no more. Find a cute hamper. There are in fact cute clothes hampers out there.
17. Cute Jewelry Organizers
Jewelry organizers can make a vanity area look adorable. There are so many different jewelry organizers to choose from. Check out amazon for cute ones.
18. Mason Jars
Mason Jars are very versatile, and can be used for so many different décor ideas. Mason jars can be used for storage of pencils or hair ties. Other uses for mason jars include food snack storage or as cups. So many different possibilities from one décor idea.
Rugs are great for covering up ugly dorm room carpet or tile floors. Just be careful when choosing a rug. A white fluffy rug in theory would look beautiful, after a month of being in a college student’s dorm not so much.
Ottomans are a good step stool if there is a lofted bed in the dorm room. Plus, ottomans are great for storage, if you buy one that can be used for storage. Lastly ottomans make the room look put together and would pair nicely with a futon.
Is it even a college dorm if there is no tapestry hanging on the wall? Probably not. Get a tapestry to cover the atrocious cylinder block walls. Tapestries come in every design imaginable.
22. Hanging Signs
Hanging signs are another décor idea. Get a few hanging signs and make a decorative wall.
23. Clothing Rack
Get a clothing rack on wheels for extra storage. Make this like an outfit inspiration rack. Keep all the trendiest outfits on the rack. Matching velvet hangers can help dress the rack up.
24. Desk Chair
Forget about the old desk chairs that the university provides for students in the dorms. The chairs are not that comfy anyway. Bring a different comfortable and adorable desk chair. If bringing a whole other desk chair is too extra, try bringing a seat pad.
25. Desk Lamp
A desk lamp can be crucial. When one roommate is trying to sleep, while the other needs to pull an all-nighter the lamp will come in handy.
26. Cork Board
Grab a cork board and hang it to create an inspiration wall. This can be decorated depending on the season, and can be used to keep a to do list.
27. Wall Calendar
This can be amazing for busy college students who have hectic schedules. Get a wall calendar, and write down important dates and events. This is awesome for forgetful people.
These dorm room decor ideas should have any room looking 10/10.