How to Decorate a Dorm on a Budget
Every college-goer has their own personal style that should be reflected in their decor, whether fresh-faced freshman or hardened-upperclassman veteran. But, how do you decorate without breaking the bank?
It’s easy, I swear!
Check out these nine items and ideas that will make any back-to-schooler wish classes started earlier:
Organizer: Make sure your study place is clutter-free with containers for pens and pencils. Or, if feeling adventurous, glitz up some mason jars for a glamorous appeal.
Lights: Attach rope lights to the wall in fancy patterns (or if you’ve ever wanted to have your name in lights, here’s your chance!) Maybe even spruce up a standard-issue desk or bed frame by outlining it in string lights. Make sure they are LED though, you don’t want the bulbs to get too hot!
Pictures: Tape or hang up favorite captured memories to add flair to any bland dorm room wall. Feel free to arrange them in a funky style — whether in a block or staggered throughout the wall.
Sports Paraphernalia: Represent a favorite sports team or alma mater with a rockin’ pennant or flag. This creates a homey atmosphere and even works to spark a friendship with a fellow fan!
Note Board / Keepsake Holder: This is great for reminders about term papers or to display love notes from home. Inexpensive or homemade, a note board or keepsake holder is a must-have!
Rug or blanket: The great thing about a rug or a blanket is its versatility. Place it under the bed for a soft morning landing or hang it on the wall for great sound insulation from partying neighbors. Also, it makes for a comfy cushion on the back of any chair.
Chair: Most times a college dorm may come with a desk chair, but why not make the room more personalized? Bring a chair from home or buy a new one that fits the style of the new place.
Drinkware: Geek out with some Star Trek glasses or express yourself with some mugs made all your own. Side note: these make a great conversation piece for those dorm ice breakers.
Personalized Accents: It’s your dorm, go wild! Bring anything from home that you’ve made — from a string-covered glass bottle to a drawing you’re particularly proud of — that you think will jazz up the room.
Remember: back-to-school is supposed to be an exciting time, a time of new beginnings, and a chance to learn more about yourself. Let your dorm be an expression of you!