Standard dorm rooms lack personality, yet vibrant college students don't. Since living quarters can influence our mood, it's essential to create a dorm that inspires students in a variety of ways, whether that be to study, unwind, or feel at peace.
The challenge becomes how to decorate a dorm room on a budget without making permanent changes. The solution is to do-it-yourself. These DIY dorm decor ideas are innovative, inexpensive and inspiring. Happy decorating!
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Hang Your Favorite Photos with Thread
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Personalize a Cork Board Organizer
Instead of buying an expensive bulletin board, make your own instead. Buy a piece of cork and cut it to size. Next, decide how you want to add style to the piece. Wrapping string around the bottom adds more visual interest to the board and also give you an extra place to stuff important papers without needing a push pin.
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Give Your Hanging Storage Some Personality
One of the first things to do when moving into a dorm is finding a place for everything. Staying organized is essential to making the most of such a small space. However, your storage solutions don't need to be drab. Add some personality to wall hooks by making your own using polymer clay.
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Feature Your Instagram Feed on a Wall
If you pride yourself on a cohesive, fun Instagram feed, why not show it off on a bare dorm room wall? There's no need for nails or hammers with this project. Simply print off your favorite photos, create an evenly spaced grid on the wall, then adhere using different patterns of washi tape.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Use Pom Poms and Sequins on an Art Print
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Add Some Greenery to the Walls
Chances are that a dorm room is lacking on natural lighting. However, houseplants have many benefits besides being pretty. Add some life to the space by creating a wall planter, and opt for succulents because they are easy to grow in a dorm environment.
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Fake Some Flowers When Lighting is Minimal
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Make Your Own Stylish Laundry Hamper
When living in a house or apartment, it's easy to hide a laundry hamper in a closet or somewhere else out of sight. In a dorm room, chances are your laundry is going to be out in the open. Take the opportunity to turn your laundry hamper into a piece of decor that blends in nicely with the room.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Transform a Basket into a Nightstand
This playful end table DIY project incorporates a lightweight geometric wastebasket that doesn't feel too bulky in a small space. Simply adhere a piece of wood to the top to create a functional end table. The entire project should cost around $30, which is significantly less expensive than buying a premade nightstand.
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Update an Existing Pillow with a New Pillowcase
If you want to add more texture and interest into your dorm, don't skimp out on throw pillows. Mix different fabrics, colors and patterns until you achieve your desired look. If you like the pillow shown here, learn how to make it using denim and a bleach pen.
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Cover a Lampshade with a Fun FabricContinue to 13 of 25 below.
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Craft a Wall Hanging Using Wrapping Paper
This DIY dorm decor project is innovative and extremely budget conscious. Search around for some left-over wrapping paper. Opt for a thicker paper that won't tear easily. You can also use wallpaper that has an interesting pattern. Next, cut some firring strips to size to add to the top and bottom.
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Infuse Some Boho Vibes with Macrame
Macrame DIY projects are a popular way to add some bohemian flair to any space for a minimal investment. The hardest part will be learning the basic knots, which shouldn't take long. You can opt to make a large wall hanging or consider crafting a hanging planter.
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Update Your Ceiling Fan Using Washi TapeContinue to 17 of 25 below.
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Make Sure Your Storage Looks Good Too
In college, there's bound to be tons of papers and supplies to keep organized. Instead of piling everything up on your desk, create an organization system using wooden storage boxes. Add some geometric designs using acrylic paint to turn these boxes into pieces of decor.
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Get the Look of Wallpaper Without the Permanence
If you attempt this next DIY dorm decor project, make sure you are willing to spend just as much time removing it as you will putting it up. To get the look, purchase a few different colors of washi tape and get started! If applied correctly, washi tape can be removed from walls without damaging them.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Write Yourself an Inspirational Message
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Make Wall Art Out of Old Gift Bags
Gift bags can be reused over and over again, but what about turning the gift bag into something entirely different? If you are particularly fond of the message or pattern of a gift bag, save a ton of money on dorm room decor by turning it into a piece of wall art.