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20 College Dorm Decor Ideas

20 College Dorm Decor Ideas

Going away to college is your chance for a fresh start. Dorm rooms, however, are anything but fresh. They’re small, cramped and often drab. Plus, colleges and universities have restrictive decorating policies that can limit your options.

Your surroundings and living experience can make or break your college experience. So how can you let your individuality shine while still playing by the rules?

Allow us to take your imagination to the next level. We’re here to share the ultimate list of college dorm room ideas and useful hacks to help you create the dorm room of your dreams!

20 College Dorm Room Essentials

When dreaming about decor ideas for your dorm, you must be mindful of your small space. It’s always best to start with versatile items and rearrangeable pieces to get the most bang for your buck.

Not all dorms are created equal. Check out these dorm ideas guaranteed to liven up any room.

Looking for the perfect dorm essentials checklist? Check out our blog here!

1. Hang Temporary Curtains the Easy Way

College Dorm Decorating Ideas - Hang Temporary Curtains

If you’re a college student, chances are you have a hectic schedule and a tight budget. Thick curtains and a cozy bed are the key components of your living space.

While creating the bed of your dreams is easy, putting up curtains is another story. Measuring your window, drilling holes into the wall, and then dismantling hardware at the end of the school year is enough to forget it altogether. Plus, it’s against the rules of many dorms to permanently damage walls.

Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, damage-free curtain rod brackets are a perfect, affordable and reliable solution for your dorm room. You can install the curtains you need quickly, so you can get the rest you need.

2. Go For The Green

College Dorm Decorating Ideas - Go For The Green

Greenery and plants can brighten up a room and bring revitalizing outdoor elements indoors. You can even use them as creative window coverings! Succulents are easy to maintain, making them the perfect addition to your dorm room.

You can always start with a faux plant if you’re not ready to commit to a live plant. Choose a stylish pot that suits your color scheme and ties everything together.

3. Roll With It

College Dorm Decorating Ideas - Roll With It

Small, stackable and mobile furniture is necessary when your dorm room serves as a kitchen, bedroom and social area. A tiered rolling cart is a must for easy access to everyday items and extra storage.

Opting for a side table with wheels and shelving allows you to move it out of your way effortlessly. So whether you’re trying to vacuum, fit more than two people in your room, or rearrange your room mid-semester, you’ll be thankful for this portable piece.

4. Hang a Tapestry

College Dorm Decorating Ideas - Hang a Tapestry

Are you unhappy with the color of your walls? Spruce up a bare wall with a tapestry or colorfully patterned sheet. It’s a non-permanent, budget-friendly solution that can liven up a bland wall.

Use 3M Command Hooks for wall hangings and posters. Command Hooks are the perfect solution for pictures and tapestries. It’s an adhesive product that sticks on both sides and can easily be removed, so you can hang wall decor without doing permanent damage.

5. Check Yourself Out

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Check Yourself Out

You can’t always rely on communal bathrooms for a full-length mirror. While they may have one or two, you might be battling everyone else in the morning just to put on makeup or check your outfit.

A full-length mirror in your room pulls double duty. You’ll be able to get ready in the morning, plus mirrors reflect light and can make your room appear larger. Try one that fits over your closet or door for a streamlined, storage-friendly solution.

6. Stash Your Shoes (and other things)

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Stash Your Shoes

Nothing ruins a room’s vibe like shoes scattered all over the floor.

Hanging closet organizers are an absolute staple if you have more than a few pairs of shoes, extra towels or sweaters. Ditch the frustration of fishing items out of a storage box under your bed every day (or tripping over things!) by using just a bit of closet space.

7. Shoe Storage Ottoman

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Shoe Storage Ottoman

If closet space is at a premium, consider this shoe rack bench. The seat lid lifts to reveal a hidden storage compartment perfect for organizing small items.

8. Bedside Caddy

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Bedside Caddy

In a dorm room, it’s all about the storage – and keeping things safe. This handy bedside caddy stores your glasses, phone, tablet and more, along with a surge protector sleeve so you can charge all your devices conveniently.

9. Desk Chair/Storage Ottoman

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Desk Chair/Storage Ottoman

Why not choose an ottoman that serves multiple functions when selecting storage for your space? This collapsible ottoman is a chair, footrest and storage cube all in one. Storage ottomans allow you to tuck away extra books, electronics or gear while also serving as a makeshift tabletop.

You can even store these under your bed (this one folds flat!) and pull them out when friends come over. It’s stylish and functional — a winning combination in dorm room decor.

10. Make a DIY Headboard

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Make a DIY Headboard

Spice up your side of the room with a cheap and easy DIY headboard.

With Pinterest at your fingertips, there are endless ideas at hand. Use fake flowers, lights, Polaroid photos, wall art or posters to create a unique look above your bed.

11. Start Your Day Smiling

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Start Your Day Smiling

If you’re lucky to have a personal bathroom, this one’s for you! Add a witty and colorful bath mat to incorporate your dorm room style into your bathroom.

12. Jewelry Organizer

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry storage doesn’t have to be hideous or messy. Instead, stash your earrings, necklaces and rings on a standing jewelry organizer that’s aesthetically pleasing and functional.

13. Throw Some Pillows

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Throw Some Pillows

No more pillow thieves! Personalized pillows ensure your stuff stays where it belongs – with you. When your bed is one of the only seating arrangements in your room, you’ll want to make it comfy. Throw pillows add color, design and comfort, and make your space feel like home.

14. Get Comfy in Bed

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Get Comfy in Bed

Good quality bedding is one of the best investments you can make. In addition to keeping you warm and cozy, a comforter or duvet adds a punch of color and style to your room that’s impossible to miss.

15. Add an Area Rug

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Add an Area Rug

If you have some extra space, add a small area rug for a touch of texture and luxury to your room. Rugs feel great under your feet and give your toes something to dig into while you study at night or chill with friends.

16. Experiment With Peel & Stick Wallpaper

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Experiment With Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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For the ultimate solution in removable style, peel and stick wallpaper is where it’s at. With hundreds of patterns to choose from, removable wallpaper is also water resistant and washable.

17. String Some Lights

College Dorm Decor Ideas - String Some Lights

Transform your dorm with a simple added touch of string lights. Illuminate and decorate your space by selecting a chic style or using mini clothespins to hang some of your favorite photos.

18. Add Desk Storage

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Add Desk Storage

Get the most out of your workspace with a desk hutch. Hutches keep your desk organized, taking advantage of vertical space that often goes wasted.

19. Brighten Up With Task Lighting

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Brighten Up With Task Lighting

Mom was right: Working in the dark is bad for your eyes! Adding a lamp above your desk or bed (or both) illuminates your room. Choose one with a USB port, so you can charge your phone!

College Dorm Decor Ideas - Create a Gallery Wall

Don’t let your wall space go to waste. Hanging posters and photos of family and friends back home keeps loved ones close.

Upgrade Your Dorm Decor With Kwik-Hang

If you want to elevate the look and feel of your dorm room, start with curtains! Not only do they add noticeable style to your room, but they also block light that keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep.

However, curtains are traditionally a pain to hang, and fixing wall damage at the end of the year isn’t something you want on your to-do list.

Now, you can hang curtains effortlessly with the help of Kwik-Hang. Pair Kwik-Hang’s no-drill curtain rod brackets with our stylish curtain rods to hang dreamy curtains and create the perfect dorm room.

These brackets easily tap into place without any precise measurements or wall damage. Plus, you can remove them quickly once it’s time to move out. Kwik-Hang is the perfect addition to your dorm room decor checklist. Try Kwik-Hang today!

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