How to Decorate Your Dorm Room on a Budget

Pink room being decorated

I still remember the day I packed up all my belongings and was dropped off at my college dorm for the first time. The campus seemed huge and the rooms were tiny, but regardless of all the change, excitement was in the air. One of the main challenges when moving into a new place is decorating it to feel like home. How do you achieve a perfect Pinterest-approved dorm without breaking your bank? Luckily for you I have compiled a list of ways to achieve a cozy dorm that every friend will swoon over.

Wall Art/ Tapestries

Wall art is one of the easiest ways to take a room from drab to fab. Check out the clearance section of all your favorite stores to find something that will cover your wall in a unique way. I suggest lots of colors or maybe even a poster. Take a walk down Kirkwood Avenue or the downtown square. Luckily there are many local art shops in Bloomington that are perfect for these items.

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I believe the lighting is the most important item in a dorm room because it helps to set the overall mood. Try cheap string lights from a craft store or a small desk lamp. This is an easy way to get rid of the dreariness that white walls bring.

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Dorms usually come with hardwood floor so a fluffy rug is a must-have item. I suggest buying a couple of small rugs to add flair. This will usually save costs as opposed to buying a larger one. Bed, Bath, and Beyond usually offer plenty of choices.

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These are one of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter in your closet to keep in organized. Invest in a pack under 5$ and you are sure to be set for the year. Why not go to the dollar store?

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Today bedding can be the main focal point of your room. Pick a pattern you love that is not over your budget. Try a lightweight comforter with a couple of light blankets to keep your bed warm and comfy. No need to be too extravagant check out the latest deals at stores such as Walmart or Target.

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Items such as bed lifters can be a true lifesaver. They give the room the extra needed space for spare items.


Stuffed animals, lava lamps, pillows, or snow globes, any cute decorative add-ons could be bought at a local goodwill or even a thrift shop to add a personal charm to your space.

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Now grab your future roomie and go shopping together to coordinate your dream room! Just remember to stay in budget and do not be afraid to shop around for deals. If you still are in a money pinch and need to find the dorm room essentials, check out these other related blogs:

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