How To Decorate Your Dorm Room On A Budget

Are you done with your boring and sad dorm room? Or did you just move in your dorm room and want to give it a cool and aesthetic vibe? Worry no more! We are here to help you all decorate your dorm on a budget with some very cheap and easy tricks. I’m sure the excitement of moving out of your home and finally getting into college may have led a lot of you to forget about this mammoth task that awaits you unless you’re a guy who’s gonna be good with just a mattress. 

Let’s dive right into it and find out easy ways to decorate your dorm room on a budget! 

Make An Accent Wall 

Boring white walls in all dorm rolls are a really big buzzkill and honestly extremely depressing as well. So, make your room your happy place by painting a warm and fresh color on the walls. If you have a knack for painting you can paint the whole room but that would definitely increase your cost so focus on making one accent wall. If you can’t paint then get a removable wallpaper from Walmart and give your dorm room the style it has been missing. If you are really creative try creating some designs by using tape and painting, this will make your room look like its professionally done. 

Accept All Hand Me Downs 

This is no time to look down upon hand me downs even if you don’t like them. That old bookshelf in your dad’s garage and that pink armchair your grandmother loves can all be put to use! And if you really don’t want to use them just sell them online or in the flea market there will always be takers. However, if you are ready to put in some effort you can paint this furniture and give it a new look as per your own taste. The pink chair can easily be made black or white and the bookshelf can become as good as new some varnish and stylised placement. 

Create A Diy Photo Wall 

Photo walls are a very cute and personalized addition to dorm rooms. Moving into a new space can be very overwhelming but a small photo wall can always serve as a reminder of the people who are always there for you. All you need is some fairy lights and polaroids. You can also get photos printed if you don’t have any polaroids. You can do this on your accent wall or right above your bed or where ever it looks good. If you are not allowed to use nails in the hostel go for stickable 3M hooks and hang your fairy lights. After that grab some clips and start attaching your pictures along the fairy light. The addition of this little twinkle can give you a very homely feeling. 

Go Thrifting 

Thrifting is the best way to get your hands on trendy and antique decor pieces especially for something temporary like a dorm room. You can find a multitude of things in thrift stores from rugs to shelves to literally anything! You can make a whole wall out of cool vintage stuff like number plates, wall hangings, records, and much more. The amount of money you will save is going to be massive for sure. Some things that may not look good in thrift stores can easily be upgraded with a simple coat of paint and they’ll look as good as new for your room. 

Layer Up Rugs 

Never forget the floors! Dorm rooms usually have cheap industrial flooring or worn out wooden flooring or a thin layered ugly looking carpet and that can never look good. Look for cheap rugs online and in flea markets, you may even find some good ones in your house which your mom is ready to let go. Layer these rugs in your room to add a pop of color and softness to the floor. If you have a bigger room go for square rugs but for a smaller space round rugs do the job pretty well. If you have a creative side and really love DIY you can make yourself a rug with chunky knitting thread or braid a few old t-shirts together to make a colorful rug! 

Add Planters 

If you can dedicate your time and attention to a small little fragile succulent and keep it alive then bring in real plants. If not, either go for fake planters that you will have to dust occasionally or bring in low maintenance plants like zz plant, snake plant, aloe vera etc. These planters will make your room look fresh and spacious and bringing nature inside can have a very positive impact on your mood. 

Decorating on a budget can be a little difficult but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort then you can surely get something great out of your small budget. 

Pro Tip: Spend more on your bed!