14 College Dorm Decor Ideas

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College is your chance for a fresh start. Dorm rooms, however, are anything but fresh. They’re small, cramped and often drab and devoid of decor. Plus, colleges and universities have restrictive decorating policies that can limit your creativity.

Your surroundings and living experience can make or break your college experience, so how are you supposed to let your creativity shine while still playing by the rules?

Whether it’s sprucing up a window or going all out with your wall decorations, you want to find a style that works for you. 

It’s time to take your imagination to the next level. We’re here to share the ultimate list of dorm decor ideas and useful hacks to help you create the dorm room of your dreams!

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

14 College Dorm Room Decor Essentials

When selecting decor for your dorm, you want to be mindful of space. It’s always best to start with versatile items, rearrangeable pieces and items you can keep for years to come.   

Not all dorms are created equal, so that’s why we’ve done the work for you by compiling our favorite college dorm decor ideas guaranteed to liven up any dorm room.

Read on for our top creative ways to decorate your dorm room. 

Discover even more ways to express creativity in your room.

1. Add Some Greenery With Succulents

Greenery and plants can brighten up a room and bring revitalizing outdoor elements indoors. Succulents are easy to maintain, making them the perfect addition to your dorm room. 

If you’re not ready to commit to a live plant, you can always start with a faux succulent. Choose a stylish pot that fits the theme of your room and ties everything together. 

2. Rolling Side Table

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

By opting for a side table with wheels and shelving, you can move it out of your way effortlessly as needed. 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.

3. Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets


College students have hectic schedules and tight budgets. At the end of the day, thick curtains and a cozy bed are the most critical component of a college dorm checklist. 

While it’s easy to create the bed of your dreams, putting up curtains is another story. Drilling holes into the wall, measuring your window and dismantling hardware at the end of the year is enough to forget it altogether. (Not to mention it’s against the rules to permanently damage dorm rooms walls.)

Luckily, we created a solution. 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 blackout curtains you need quickly, so you can get your beauty rest.

Check out our blog for more ways to design your space using Kwik-Hang or shop Kwik-Hang now.

4. Tapestry

Are you unhappy with the color of your walls? Spruce up a bare wall with your favorite patterned tapestry. They’re a non-permanent, budget-friendly solution to liven up a bland wall. 

5. Floor-Length Mirror

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 at 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.

You can even add more than one if you have multiple doors in your room, or hang them on the wall for a bright and airy vibe. Add string lights, pictures, or stickers to the edges of your mirror for a fun, personalized look.

6. 3M Command Strips

3M’s Command line is the ultimate dorm room decor hack.

Every college dorm checklist should include 3M Command strips. The seemingly invincible, no-damage product is the perfect solution for hanging 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.

3M also carries Command hooks available in different sizes, colors, and styles to match your dorm vibe.  

See some of our favorite ways to hang curtains in a dorm!

7. Hanging Closet Organizer

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.

8. Surge Protector

College students and electronics go hand-in-hand. Where are you supposed to plug in your phone, computer, lamp and hairdryer all at the same time? 

Keep cords handy and plugged into one place with a surge protector. Opt for a colorful design to add some flair to your room.

9. Storage Ottoman

When selecting storage organizers for your space, why not choose an ottoman that serves multiple functions?

Tuck away extra books, electronics or gear in a storage ottoman, which can also serve as a chair, tabletop or a footrest. You can even store these under your bed and pull them out when friends come over. It’s stylish and functional — a winning combination when it comes to dorm room decor.

10. DIY Headboard

The average dorm room bed typically lacks in color and style. Spice your side of the room up with a cheap, friendly 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. Stylish Bath Mat

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 Organizers

Jewelry storage doesn’t have to be hideous. Stash your earrings, necklaces and rings on a standing jewelry organizer. It’s aesthetically pleasing and totally functional.

13. Throw Pillows

The more the merrier! When your bed is one of the only seating arrangements in your room, you’re going to want to make it comfy. Throw pillows add color, design and comfort, and make your space feel like home.

14. String Lights

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

If you’d rather block out the sun, check out our tips for hanging curtains in a dorm.

Upgrade Your Dorm Decor With Kwik-Hang

If you want to elevate the look and feel of your dorm room, curtains are the way to go. Curtains are a focal point that can make your dorm room stand out, but traditionally, they’re a pain to hang, and wall damage isn’t permitted in dorm rooms.

Now, you can hang curtains in your dorm 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.

Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets easily tap into place without any precise measurements or wall damage. Plus, they can be removed 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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