How to Decorate a Dorm Room On a Budget


how to decorate a dorm room


Student life is anything but easy.  Making new friends, checking things off your bucket list and living like there’s no tomorrow.  College life brings all this and much more.  However, it also brings financial difficulties. You are expected to survive on the allowance that you get from home.  As a result, you cannot afford everything that you desire.

We have several solutions when it comes to creating a comfortable living space.  So, it is not essential for you to ask for more money than you already get.  What matters is how you manage the resources that you currently have. You can adopt several money-saving techniques to ensure that your funds do not run dry.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to look for cheap student accommodations. Instead of living in an apartments, you could choose to live in homestays or shared dorms.  You would be able to split the rent and if lucky, even cover your meals in the rent amount.

Another important tip is to look for DIYs instead of purchasing everything retail.  For instance, instead of purchasing retail explore DIY options.  Check out our tips on how to decorate a dorm room on a budget:

1.     Thrift shopping

Scan through thrift shops or flea markets for out of the box household items like antique candle holders, scented dried flowers, hand carved bowls and even rugs. These items will not only be unique but will also come at a very reasonable price as compared to regular showrooms.


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2.     Use Old Records

Get hold of some junky, old records from the flea markets and hang them on the wall. You could hang them all in a single line or create patterns. You could also add an extra edge to them by adding color or painting them. If you are a music lover looking to add a vintage touch to your room, this could be an excellent idea.

3.     Use Photo Collages

The idea of decorating your dorm room with photo collages can never go wrong. It adds a personal touch to your room, and helps you feel connected with your loved ones. Get a few pictures printed and simply tape them to your walls to create a collage.  Also, if you want to be more creative, use lights to create your own little space of happy memories.  You could even get personalized messages from friends and stick them adjacent to their respective photographs. Just looking at these pictures could help you de-stress after a long day at school.

4.     Hang a Tapestry

A tapestry prevents your room from looking dull as it occupies a lot of space. It often becomes the center of attraction. You could look for cheap options in a thrift shop or even create your own tapestry. So, what are you waiting for? Get your creative hat on and create a beautiful piece to hang in your room.

5.     Use Wrapping Paper

How to decorate a dorm room with wrapping paper you wonder?  First, know that wrapping paper is multipurpose. Choose to cover one of the walls of your room with wrapping paper to spice it up a little.  You could even create decorative items using wrapping paper. Use wrapping sheets to create photo-frames, DIY wall décor and lots more.

6.     Hang Maps

Maps can be bought from any stationery shop at extremely affordable prices.  When you’re thinking about how to decorate a dorm room, think about using maps.  They can help in decorating your room with minimum effort. Especially if you are a traveler or a geography-enthusiast, this idea should work wonderfully well for you. Just choose one wall in your dorm room to paste maps of different parts of the world on. You may use dart pins to point out places to visit on your bucket list. You may even hang pictures from trips made to places previously to show how much you have already travelled. Check out these cool DIY Map décor ideas.

7.     Canopy Bed

If you wish to add a majestic feel to your dorm room, a canopy bed can really up the game for you. Do not worry; we do not expect you to do away with your old bed for this. You could make a canopy for your old bed. We’ll tell you how. Go to a place that sells sheer fabric, you could choose the pattern as per your liking. Make sure it is wide enough to wrap around the perimeter of the bed. Stick the fabric to the ceiling such that it hangs down beautifully into a half canopy. You could even use 4 hooks and tie a string to connect them all. Then add the fabric to all four corners and Voila! You’re set. If you are in the mood to experiment even more, add fairy lights to create a magical appeal.

8.     Use Bright Bedding

One thing that can truly add color and flavor to your dorm room is a bright piece of bedding. Get your hands on unique yet affordable pillow cases. Use bed sheets that are vibrant and go well with the walls of your room. If you have a roommate, you could coordinate the beddings so as to help the dorm look bright and cheerful.

Finally, we hope that you find our tips on how to decorate a dorm room helpful.  Have searching for thrift ideas and be creative.

Author Bio:  Bella Williams

As an academic researcher & private tutor, Bella guides the new age professionals and students with their career. A graduate from Monash University, Bella organizes free coaching workshops and promotes free sharing of knowledge. You can also find her on LinkedIn.