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Aug 05, 2021

Decorate Your Dorm For Less

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Going to college is an exciting rite of passage, but it can also feel a little overwhelming. Decorate your dorm room in your style with the following decor ideas that are affordable and create a cozy, welcoming space.

Check with Your Roommates

It’s always a smart decision to talk with your roommates about design ideas before you spend any money on dorm decor. It’s less expensive when multiple people work on updating a room. What’s more, there’s a decent chance that one of you already owns something that will give your new living space a decorative flair.
Once you’ve agreed on the basics, such as colors and an overall decorating theme, it’s time to look at the specifics. Follow along for ways to decorate your dorm room inexpensively.

5 Inexpensive Dorm Decor Ideas

Here are five super simple things you can do to personalize your room. Use these as a starting point and remember there isn’t a wrong way to decorate as long as you love the result.

No.1- Ditch the Standard College Bedding

Many newbie scholars fall into the trap of using boring bedding. Why settle for uninspiring sheets and blankets when you can opt for something fun? As long as you purchase extra-long sheets that fit the standard dorm mattress, you can use your bedding to demonstrate your style.
One of the best things about bedding is that you don’t need to spend much of your savings to achieve your desired look. You can economize even more by purchasing a duvet cover that meets your style needs throughout the school year.

No.2- Feature a Photo Collage

A simple way to make your dorm space feel like home is through a wall photo collage. Search through your photos and select those that make you feel happy such as photos of your family, friends, pets, or even photos from a favorite vacation.

No.3- Invest in a Comfortable Chair

Trust us, the chair that comes with your room won’t invite you to sit and relax. The happy news is that it’s not impossible to find a fashionable, comfortable and affordable chair.
Ask your inner circle if they happen to possess a comfortable chair that they’re willing to donate to your dorm room. If not, browse Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for furniture that suits your style and pocketbook. Always remember to use safety precautions and meet in a public place for transactions of this type!

No.4- Go Green

Live plants add beauty and health to your living space. We know that you’ll be busy, but we promise you can successfully care for a plant. Since plants can help clean the air and reduce school stress, you’ll find that they are worth the upkeep. Try a minimal-effort plant like a succulent to liven up the room with little time commitment for care.

No.5- Celebrate Music

A cheap and exciting way to express your love for your favorite band is to hang their album covers on your wall. You can often find unique album covers at second-hand shops and vintage record stores. An added benefit is that the album art will encourage people to stop by your room to chat about music.

How to Find Amazing Dorm Decor

Are you wondering where to find the items that will make you love your room? Keep in mind that your goal is to spend less money decorating so you can afford to enjoy your college experience. Here are some well-proven ways to get great decor without going broke:

Estate Sales

Many students shy away from estate sales because they think all the stuff belonged to an older adult. Don’t be that student. Savvy interior designers know that estate sales harbor fantastic finds that can transform a boring room into a memorable one.

Garage Sales

Garage sales can be a terrific source of decor for your college room. Try to arrive at the start of the garage sale to have a shot at finding your ideal item.

Online Sources

Many online shopping sites offer significant savings on a variety of items. Check out budget-friendly sites such as Wayfair and Etsy. Don’t disregard online marketplaces such as those on Facebook and Craigslist. Check out our tips for staying safe while shopping online here.

Your Circle

You would be surprised how many people you may know have décor and furniture lying around that they’d like to get rid of. Reach out to family, neighbors, family friends, and your inner circle to see if anyone has anything you can take off their hands. You can even repurpose older décor so it fits your style!
The above sources are just a small selection of places to look for rewarding purchases. Take your time and remember that your dorm room is typically a work in progress.

Last Thoughts

Lastly, dorm decor is one of the surest ways to create a living space that makes you feel at home. With a little planning, combined with a willingness to shop creatively, you can decorate beautifully and inexpensively.


Parts of this article were sourced from Apartment Therapy and House Beautiful.

Contents of this blog article are intended to provide you with a general understanding of the subject matter. However, it is not intended to provide legal, accounting, or other professional advice and should not be relied on as such. Information may have changed since the publication date.

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