33 Insanely Cute Dorm Room Ideas You Need To Try - Its Claudia G (2024)

Finding dorm room ideas that go with your style and are cheap to recreate can be a bit difficult. After 4 years in college, I’ve found the best affordable decor that makes your dorm look instantly better.

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Recreating the Pinterest dorm room ideas of your dreams when you’re in college and broke is a huge task.

I know it first hand because I’ve been there, and after 4 years in college I’ve searched EVERYWHERE to find cute dorm room bedding and wall decor that don’t break the bank.

These are 33 dorm room ideas for every type of girl that you can easily recreate to completely transform your room. These ideas are easy to recreate and will make a huge difference with a small effort.

This post shows you the 33 best dorm room ideas to create your own little sanctuary.

Best Dorm Room Ideas

1. Add a Wall Tapestry

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The walls of your dorm room are likely going to be blank, so that’s a space you especially want to focus your attention on.

Decorating your walls will make your dorm room more «you», so adding a tapestry is a great way of making it look «fuller» as well as making it more aesthetic.

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2. Use Bins Under Your Bed

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Here’s a fact: dorm rooms are tiny. If you want to make the most out of your space, you’re going to have to use every bit of it.

The space under your bed is so IMPORTANT because you can use it for storage. Trust me, bins are going to be your best friends. Make sure you get bins with separators to make it easier for you to get organized.

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3. Create a Photo Wall Collage

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This is the cheapest way of decorating your dorm room. I did this in my college dorm one year and it looked super cute, and it only cost me a few dollars!

A photo wall collage can completely change your space and brighten it up a bit!

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4. Use a Mini Fridge

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Some people have mini fridges in their dorms and I think it is the smartest idea! If you have the space, don’t even think about it and get one.

The alternative is relying solely on coffee shops and your on-campus cafeteria, which isn’t too practical. Especially during Covid (and online classes), it’s nice not having to get out of your dorm to grab food 24/7.

Plus, if you have a fridge you’ll be able to cook some basic meals in your dorm and save money on food.

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5. Hang a Moon Wall Hanging

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This is the cutest dorm room decoration and I can’t believe it’s so cheap.

This moon phase wall hanging is made from metal and will look super cute above your headboard.

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6. Get a Dorm Room Chair

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Okay, this is IMPORTANT. Most dorm rooms won’t have chairs in them, so unless you want to be sitting on your bed all day, I highly recommend getting one.

A papasan chair is a great option for when you just want to chill, but don’t want to be in your bed. It’s especially good for reading, watching a movie or just chilling with friends.

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7. Add a Neon Sign On Your Nightstand

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This is obviously not a necessity, but it will make a huge difference in your dorm room. Neon signs are my favorite dorm room ideas because they are super cheap but don’t look cheap at all.

Plus you can use it as a nightstand light.

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8. Use a Storage Ottoman

Living in a college dorm room is all about being the most practical you can, and finding stuff that has multiple uses is super helpful.

A storage ottoman is not only great for storage, but can also be used as a seat.

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9. Buy a Futon For Extra Seats

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Another great idea is to buy a futon. I know often space is limited but you can make it work by lofting your bed.

A futon is going to be extremely useful whenever you have guests or you just want to chill with your roommate. Since you’re going to spend a lot of time in your dorm room, I recommend you make it as cozy as possible.

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10. A Neon Sign On Your Wall

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This is basically the same as a nightstand neon sign, but on your wall.

This is a great idea to save space and decorate your wall at the same time. Neon signs are very cheap so definitely keep an eye on them.

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11. Buy a Throw Blanket

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Most campuses don’t provide heating in dorm rooms. That’s a major problem during winter, because dorm rooms tend to be super cold.

The first thing you should think about when moving into your dorm room is a throw blanket. This one from Amazon is super soft and fluffy and I can assure you you’ll be using it A LOT.

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11. Add a Nice Headboard

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A headboard is not a super necessary thing but it’s a nice piece of decor to add to your room.

It definitely makes your dorm look more elegant and put together.

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16. Create a Moodboard For Your Wall

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You can create a moodboard with your favorite photos and items that resonate with your dorm room aesthetic.

It’s literally the cheapest thing to make and you can combine it with other elements like posters and neon signs.

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17. Hang Twinkle Lights

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Twinkle lights are one of my favorite dorm room ideas! During my time in college, I bought at least 3 packs of fairy lights for my dorm because they are super affordable.

They look super cute and it’s the most relaxing thing to turn them on at night before you go to sleep.

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18. Add Greenery!

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This is a super popular decoration idea that will look super cute, especially if you combine it with twinkle lights. Urban Outfitters has so many options under $20 when it comes to greenery.

As I mentioned before, dorm room walls are completely empty, so small touches of green really make a huge difference. You don’t need to buy real plants if you don’t want to because artificial plants look just as good.

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19. Hang a Small Mirror

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Dorm rooms aren’t exactly equipped with a lot of furniture, so will have to bring your own mirror if you want to know how you look before leaving for school.

This may seem like a less important necessity, but it was a life-saver for me when I was in college. You never know how an outfit actually looks like until you see yourself in the mirror!

A wall mirror will save you a ton of space and it’s also a cute decoration.

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20. Stick To a Dorm Room Aesthetic

Trust me, finding an aesthetic you like and sticking to it is going to make your life sooo much easier.

You can look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram to find out what resonates more with your style. Do you like gold and pink? Are you more of a boho decor person? Once you realize what you like, any decision regarding decoration will be super easy to make.

Just in case you’re wondering (probs not), I’m in love with bohemian decor at the moment!

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21. Add A Tall Mirror

Wall mirrors are super helpful, but tall mirrors are definitely game-changers. With a tall mirror, you’ll be able to see your whole outfit (and also take a pic of it).

If you have the space, go for it!

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22. Get Cute Bedding

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Bedding is also super important! Your bed takes most of the space, so that’s the first thing you see when you enter the room.

Make sure to get a cute bedding set. If you can find one that coordinates with the rest of your furniture and decorations, that’s a win-win!

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23. Play Around a Color Scheme

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This is really similar to the aesthetic tip, but instead of sticking to an aesthetic (which can be a bit more confusing), you just need to choose a color (or a color palette).

Choose a color scheme you like and play around that with your furniture and decorations. If you do it well, you should be getting a perfectly combined dorm room!

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24. Create a Polaroid Wall Hanging

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Polaroids are a HUGE trend right now! Combine them with string lights and you get a beautiful Polaroid wall hanging.

You can DIY it yourself if you’re feeling crafty, but lucky us Urban Outfitters has these super cute string lights with mod clips attached to them. All you need to worry about is taking the actual photos.

This is the cutest way of keeping your most important memories together where you can see them every day.

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25. Get Matching Pillows

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I feel like pillows are highly underrated but they can actually change how your beed looks.

They are just as important as the bedding and it’s really easy to find cute pillows that coordinate with the rest of the room.

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26. Photo Frames and a Moon Mirror

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This moon-shaped mirror is super cute so I had to include it!

This may not be the most practical mirror but it looks amazing in combination with other elements. Definitely, the aesthetic content we deserve! I love finding gems like these on Urban Outfitters.

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27. Hang Flowers On Your Wall

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Let’s face it, when you move in your college dorm room it’s going to be blank and boring. If you want to transform it into something more visually appealing, you will have to add some touches of color.

You can hang a few artificial flowers on your wall or get a flower garland which is even easier.

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28. Get a Lap Desk

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Lap desks are the best invention of all time. They are great for doing homework, watching a movie, or even eating, and you don’t have to move from your bed.

If you like to spend most of your time on your bed you NEED this. I used to work on my computer while sitting on my bed and it gave me the worst neck pain. This is one of the things I wish someone had told me to get when I was in college.

So get a lap desk, you’ll thank me later!

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29. Add Initial-Shaped Light

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This initial-shaped light is not only one of the cutest dorm room ideas, but it will also give you an extra source of light.

Some dorm rooms have really bad lightning and small windows, so this will definitely come in handy.

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31. Use The Space Under Your Bed

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As I mentioned before, dorm room life is all about making the most out of the tiniest bit of space. Ever inch counts, and so does the space under your bed.

You can use bins for your clothes and shoes, but you’ll need something bigger for your blankets and pillows. This is where woven baskets come in!

Woven baskets are the best thing in the world. I have one in my bedroom to store my throw blankets and bigger pillows that don’t fit in any of my drawers. They also don’t look like a «storage item» at all which is great because they’re more like a decoration that’s also useful.

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32. Add Macramé To Your Walls

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Another decoration idea you can’t miss if you’re a fan of the bohemian aesthetic!

Macramé is super popular these days and looks so good combined with rusty colors and greenery.

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33. Add a Cate Rug

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Dorm room floors aren’t particularly cute. Adding a cate rug to cover not only will give your dorm a pop of color, but it’s also easier to clean.

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I hope you liked all these dorm room ideas!

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As an expert and enthusiast, I have personal experiences or emotions, but I can provide you with information on the concepts mentioned in this article.

The article discusses dorm room ideas that are both affordable and stylish. It provides 33 different ideas to transform your dorm room, ranging from wall tapestries to storage ottomans and from twinkle lights to macramé wall hangings. These ideas aim to make your dorm room feel more personalized and aesthetically pleasing, without breaking the bank.

Here are some of the concepts mentioned in the article:

  1. Wall Tapestry: Adding a tapestry to your dorm room walls can make them look fuller and more aesthetic.
  2. Bins Under Your Bed: Using bins with separators under your bed can help you maximize storage space in your small dorm room.
  3. Photo Wall Collage: Creating a photo wall collage is an inexpensive way to decorate your dorm room and add a personal touch.
  4. Mini Fridge: Having a mini fridge in your dorm room can be a practical and convenient way to store food and save money on meals.
  5. Moon Wall Hanging: Hanging a moon phase wall hanging can add a cute and trendy decoration above your headboard.
  6. Dorm Room Chair: Getting a chair for your dorm room is important for additional seating options beyond your bed.
  7. Neon Sign: Adding a neon sign to your nightstand or wall can make a big difference in the overall ambiance of your dorm room.
  8. Storage Ottoman: A storage ottoman can provide both storage space and a seat in your dorm room.
  9. Futon: Buying a futon can be a great way to have extra seating and create a cozy atmosphere in your dorm room.
  10. Throw Blanket: A throw blanket is essential for keeping warm in your dorm room, especially if heating is not provided.
  11. Headboard: Adding a headboard to your bed can enhance the overall look and elegance of your dorm room.
  12. Moodboard: Creating a moodboard with your favorite photos and items can help personalize your dorm room.
  13. Twinkle Lights: Hanging twinkle lights can create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in your dorm room.
  14. Greenery: Adding plants or artificial greenery to your dorm room can bring life and freshness to the space.
  15. Small Mirror: Hanging a small mirror can serve both practical and decorative purposes in your dorm room.
  16. Dorm Room Aesthetic: Choosing an aesthetic style and sticking to it can make the decision-making process for decorations easier.
  17. Tall Mirror: Having a tall mirror can allow you to see your whole outfit and take full-length pictures.
  18. Matching Pillows: Coordinating pillows with your bedding and other decorations can enhance the overall look of your bed.
  19. Polaroid Wall Hanging: Creating a wall hanging with polaroids and string lights can display your memories in a creative way.
  20. Color Scheme: Choosing a color scheme and incorporating it into your furniture and decorations can create a cohesive look.
  21. Lap Desk: A lap desk can provide a convenient surface for studying, working, or eating in bed.
  22. Initial-Shaped Light: An initial-shaped light can add a personal touch and serve as an extra source of light in your dorm room.
  23. Woven Baskets: Using woven baskets can provide storage space for blankets and pillows while adding a decorative element.
  24. Macramé: Adding macramé wall hangings can create a bohemian aesthetic in your dorm room.
  25. Cate Rug: Placing a cute rug in your dorm room can add color and make the floor more comfortable.

These are just a few of the ideas mentioned in the article. Each idea is accompanied by a recommendation on where to purchase the items if you're interested in recreating the specific dorm room look.

Remember, personalizing your dorm room is a great way to make it feel like your own sanctuary, and these ideas can help you achieve that on a budget.

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