Even the nicest college dorm rooms have one unwavering truth in common: They’re small. And making the most of a small space can be a challenge when you’re a college student on a budget.
Luckily, all hope isn’t lost. Today we have a roundup of the six best dorm room decorating ideas for broke students. Regardless of your budget, you can spruce up your college dorm with these great ideas.
Embrace Washi Tape
Washi tape can easily be added to the walls or surfaces of your dorm room and removed when you move out without causing damage. There are endless patterns and color schemes, so you’re bound to find a roll that suits your style.
Try “framing” your photos or posters with washi tape for a more polished look or line the edges of your furniture to give it a customized feel.
Create Your Own Wall Art
Since most dorm rooms have bland walls, don’t be afraid to show off your creative side and hang some sophisticated (but secretly inexpensive) art. You don’t even have to be artistic to make wall art that looks impressive. Check out these ideas for some inspiration.
Add an Inexpensive Rug
Don’t even think about what might have been spilled on your dorm room carpet over the years. Instead, just cover it up with an inexpensive rug that helps tie the whole room together. Search thrift stores or yard sales to find a good deal.
Repurpose What You Already Have
Similar to adding a rug, hanging curtains in your dorm room can help give it a homier feel. But don’t rush to the store and risk breaking the bank. Instead, see if you already have something you can repurpose, like a large, gauzy scarf or a decorative sheet.
Make Custom Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are great for adding something extra to your bed, but finding inexpensive options that are still attractive can be difficult. If you’re crafty with a sewing machine, you can buy cheap fabric and make your own. Or, if you want a less complicated option, consider buying inexpensive solid-colored throw pillows and adding your own customized pattern or print with iron-on decals.
Add a Potted Plant
Potted plants are a great way to add some natural ambiance to your dorm room. Plus, in addition to enhancing your décor, some potted plants have air-purifying qualities that can even be good for your health. Choose a plant that requires minimal care, like a mini orchid, bromeliad or money tree.
With these dorm room decorating ideas, you’ll feel at home in no time. Just remember: A little bit can go a long way — especially when it comes to personalized décor.