Creative Dorm Room Decor

Don't let white walls and plain floors take over your dorm room; add your own style with creative projects.


Solid Bedding

Bedding is an important part of your dorm room, since most students spend a lot of time studying and relaxing on their bed. Try a solid comforter with patterned sheets or mix patterns like a stripe with a floral. You can never have too many pillows! Choose different colors and textures to add spice to your bed.

Be Graphic

Create a large rug on a budget by lining up two smaller, identical rugs. This extra-large rug will save you from buying a bulky roll of carpet, since most schools do not provide rugs. Another trick to craft a large rug is using sample carpet tiles from a home center. Pick out different colors and create a large pattern to suit your fancy.

Original Artwork

Spice up blank walls by designing your own artwork. Be whimsical or bold, whichever suits your style. Use colored construction paper to cut large patterns, then glue to a solid background. Showcase your masterpiece in large frames around your room.

Out of the Ordinary

Accessorize your bulletin boards with a chic look. Choose photos and postcards that won't clutter but add class. Add a creative touch by using ribbon as an earring holder. This will show off your collection and keep it organized.

In the Clear

See-through objects, like these small accent tables, can help a small space feel larger. We've used a pair in front of the sofa, but they're so light that they can easily be moved over near a bed or out of the way.

Fabric Does Wonders

A couple yards of fabric goes a long way in a dorm room. Cover a bulletin board to create instant artwork behind your photos. In this room, we covered the bookshelves in a furry fabric to give texture and color to the plain shelves.

Under the Bed

Try a trio of colorful bins, boxes, or baskets under the bed. Ours hold shoes and out-of-season clothing, but these will also be handy for files, games, or extra linens.

Over the Desk

Additional shelving over the desk and a storage cabinet under the television will help keep books and supplies nearby.

Simple Storage

Create storage for your dishware with a double-tier shelf that will provide more room for more dishes. Choose a box set of dishes that will add to the graphic pattern of the room. These Asian-inspired dishes become a piece of art in the room, along with having their everyday dish duties.


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