5 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas on a College Student Budget

5 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas on a College Student Budget
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    What student doesn't want the coolest-looking dorm room on campus, right?

    We all have individual styles, especially when it comes to our personal space and how we want it to be functional, comfortable, and the perfect place to call home.


There’s just one thing that can get in the way of your dream dorm room, and that’s the money factor. Our decorating pros have some amazing, do-it-yourself dorm decor ideas that are designed especially for the college student budget.

1. Peel-And-Stick Wallpaper

When it comes to enhancing your walls no matter how large or small they may be, peel-and-stick removable wallpaper is an awesome idea to help define your space. It’s an easy, no-mess method for injecting pops of color and/or the proper mood to a room. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is also affordable and offers a low-commitment attitude.

The only math you need in buying this type of wallpaper is knowing the measurements of your walls and the dimensions (width and length) of the paper roll you’re buying.

Also, if you’re longing for a patterned paper, you will have to consider matching up the design back to back with every roll you put up.

Other than that, you can express your personality through color, pattern, and more.

2. A Touch Of Floral Glamour

Let’s be honest; greenery and flowers offer immense and simple beauty to a room. Some college students may have a green thumb and try adding a few cozy plants around their dorm space.

Others don’t have time to keep up with the watering and care in maintaining plants because their studies keep them super busy, but there are other excellent options.

Faux roses, for example, are one of the loveliest florals around, and the colors just pop and lend artistry and style to your special space. They last and last, and you don’t have to fuss with them ever.

3. Stepping Up With A Rug

You don’t need a wall-to-wall rug to feel cozy and warm. An area rug is a great piece that adds cohesion to a dorm room, and nothing could be easier than this DIY decor.

If you’re into boho-chic, for instance, then a pretty shag rug in a neutral shade would add nice texture and interest to your room. Get ideas off social media likePinterest.

So, what size area rug should you choose?

The classic 5’x7′ rug fits in most dorm rooms on campus. Head out to your favorite department store to check out some rugs, or order one online and save yourself a trip.

4. Bedding, Bedding, Bedding

This will set the tone of your room, and there are tons of great options when it comes to bedding and being absolutely comfy.

You can go for the basics and just set down some quality sheets and a comforter. You could also add a few more affordable bedding features such as a thick memory foam mattress topper, mattress cover, and a study pillow to keep you in the perfect study, sleeping/recreational mode.

Maybe you prefer a tie-dye design or geometric pattern for your bedding. Pick something that inspires you and is calming and relaxing to be around.

You could also attach bed risers to elevate the bed and provide you with extra storage room underneath.

Or how about putting up a wall-mounted headboard for a more glamorous dorm room bed? It’s a quick and nice touch to the typical college room.

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5. A Group Of Floating Shelves

Some college students really like having shelves on the wall where they can display favorite books, photos, plants, figurines, and more.

Floating wall shelves that are easily put up with their own self-adhesives are the answer. These shelves are attractive and look beautiful when grouped together on a wall.

Most floating wall shelves are made of acrylic and can typically hold up to 8 pounds each, and best of all, no tools are required.

Every college student desires supreme comfort when it comes to their dorm room. By being a bit creative with affordable decor ideas, you can pull off the coolest-looking space on campus and still have money left over for those food runs and spur-of-the-moment college fun!

Image Credit: DYI dorm decor ideas by twenty20.com

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