Student dorm room decorating ideas for those on a budget


Being a college student doesn’t mean you have to settle for boring accommodation.

Your bedroom is your oasis, especially after a long day of classes and activities, whether part-time work or extracurricular activities. There is no reason why your student dormitory cannot have a warm atmosphere if you are willing to reflect and make an effort to beautify the space that has been given to you.

No matter the size of your student dormitory, there are plenty of ways to brighten up your living space to make it warm and inviting, and to let your personality shine through.

Here are some nifty ideas for transforming your living space on a budget:

Fairy lights

String lights are incredibly versatile. Source: Shutterstock

You don’t have to wait for the holiday season to roll around to bring out the fairy lights. Lights can play an incredible role in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a room, transforming an otherwise drab room and giving it a bit of edge. You can drape your fairy lights over a mirror, bookshelf, your table or let them hang freely from the ceiling. Secure your fairy lights with clear plastic adhesive tabs or push pins that won’t damage your wall.

Other forms of lighting

If you are not a fan of string lights, you can easily brighten up your living space by punching holes in your shade in any pattern you like, or try using a lava lamp as a funky night light.

Colored sheets

Brighten up your student dormitory with colorful linens and pillows. Source: Shutterstock

One of the fastest ways to add color to your room is to incorporate colorful yet comfortable linens to make your room stand out. Depending on how many threads you have and where you buy them from, they can be affordable or expensive, but the higher quality ones can be worth it if you can afford it. Otherwise, wait for sales before buying them.

Create an accent wall

You may not be able to paint the wall in your student dormitory, but did you know that you can DIY your own removable fabric wallpaper? The process does take some effort to set up (and you’ll have to enlist a friend’s help for an extra pair of hands!), But the fabric will inject color and personality into your room. Fabric wallpapers work well if you have smooth or very lightly textured walls.

Alternatively, you can also add a tapestry to your walls. You can find bands or ribbons at your local hardware store that can help you hang your tapestry securely without ruining the wall.

Hide your threads

There’s nothing that makes a small space messier than the sight of cords and extension cords sticking out all over the nook and cranny of your room. There is a lot of creative ways to hide them, in particular by concealing them in hollow books or decorative boxes, or by wrapping them in a fabric that matches your wall.

Brighten up your office

Add some greenery to your room. Source: Dose Media / Unsplash

Add some greenery to your study desk by adding hardy, easy-to-maintain houseplants, such as silver plants or succulents. You can also put photos, a cork board or lanterns for a warmer atmosphere. Keep decoration to a minimum, however, to avoid cluttering your desk.

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