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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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