Decorating your dorm room is all about making a space that fits your needs and your style. It’s all about you! Unless you can pay big bucks to deck out your dorm or apartment, chances are your living space is rather simple and plain. Consider this your blank canvas on which you can create something that feels like home. Here are five ways to transform your dorm room – all for under $25!
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1. Colorful comfort
You need pillows and blankets anyway, so might as well use them to brighten up your living space! Add color to your dorm or apartment with throw pillows, blankets, rugs, or even a wall tapestry. This may involve buying new pillow covers or simply rearranging your pillows and blankets in an appealing way that makes your room warm and inviting. Check out these affordable pillow covers from H&M. Wall tapestries and rugs can add just the right amount of color and warmth to a room!
Lighting (or the lack thereof) can make or break a room. The whole mood of a room can be decided by the quality of lighting. There are two main ways to transform the lighting in your dorm: lamps and curtains. Windows may or may not be a part of your living space, however, if they are, you can manipulate the vibe with the curtains you choose. Do you want a light and airy feel, or the ability to black-out the sun (or better yet, layer them and do both)? Amazon.com has a variety of inexpensive curtains like these to help transform your dorm.
I love storage baskets; not only are they a great way to eliminate the look of clutter, but they’re perfect for adding color and personality to your room! There are also cheaper multipurpose items that can have the same impact, like mason jars and cork boards. When it comes to smaller items like that, the dollar store is your best friend! You can also check out the clearance aisle in stores like TJ Maxx, or the dollar section at Target! You never know what you might find.
4. Rearrange the furniture
The way that furniture is arranged can completely change a room! If you have a living room, keep a goal in mind as you arrange the furniture (e.g., “I want the TV to be the central focus of this room,” or “I need as much storage space as possible”). Bed risers are a big help in transforming your personal space (especially in a dorm); they provide additional storage and still look nice. Don’t forget mirrors. They are magical for making a room appear larger than it is. Check out these surprisingly affordable options.
However you choose to decorate, rearrange, or organize your space, be creative! Being on a college budget can be extremely difficult; it requires patience, organization, and definitely creativity. Make a plan for what you’d like your room to look like. Pinterest is perfect for inspiration (check out ours for all your dorm inspo!).