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It’s time to talk decorating your dorm room. Living in a dorm has its ups and downs. It does allow you to save a lot of money during college days. Even experience the true spirit of college life and meet plenty of new friends, but it’s can be far from being a home in which you like to spend time.
Let’s face it: most dorm rooms are decorated in a sterile and universal way. They do this so that they meet each student’s basic needs, but that doesn’t have to be their definitive look. There are lots of creative ways to decorate your dorm room. And most of them are DIY or can be done on a shoestring budget.
What more could a college student ask for?
A nightstand doesn’t necessarily have to look like a small table with a drawer or a shelf. It is, at its most basic, a furniture piece to put the stuff you use immediately after you go to bed or right after you get up. There are plenty of other more creative ways to create a stand for your iPhone, book, or water decanter.
Some of the things you can repurpose in an extraordinary nightstand are a trunk (which can also store a lot of things, so it is a great space saver), a drum, a bar cart, a barrel, a basket, a stack of books (you already have plenty of those) and a shelf. Get creative; you can maximise your storage AND your style points.
If there is anything that makes a room feel sterile those are empty walls. Fortunately, there are plenty ways of addressing this problem without creating gaping holes in the wall. You can use hooks that stick to the wall to display an artwork, hang a clothespin photo display, use vinyl decals, etc. Just be careful what you use on the walls or you may be up for a repaint when it comes time to leave! Uh oh.
String lights are an inexpensive and stylish way to add some personality when decorating your dorm room. Think outside of the box, and don’t use them only for holidays. They can be a whimsical and playful addition without emitting the Christmas vibe. Hang them above the bed, turn them into a wall lamp, wrap them around a rustic branch, wrap them around driftwood and use instead of a headboard, wrap them around the mirror or hang them from the ceiling.
Have you heard of Danish concept that is taking over the world by storm? Hygge is all about creating a comfy warm home you enjoy spending time in, which students in dorms could really use. Interior design experts from My Scandinavian Home advise to start with a neutral base and build your way toward this concept with old books, scented candles, sheepskins, cowhide or faux fur rug, and knitted blanket. Think cosy and comfortable. A place you want to be in.
A dorm room can never get enough shelves since you’re constantly overcrowded with new books. Luckily, there is something you can use to create extra shelves without spending too much money. Plus, it’s a fun DIY project.
Stack up fruit crates (you can screw them together to be more stable), and paint them to give a room an extra colourful punch, or leave them as they are for a more rustic charm.
If you don’t make some extra storage space, your creatively made nightstand will probably become a place where you throw your worn clothes, books, pens, and everything else. You can use wine/fruit crates, baskets, boxes and bins as storage solutions. Paint them, label them, or wrap them in decorative paper, and then simply store them under your bed, or put them on top of each other. Easy.
There are tonnes of DIY projects that can turn your dorm room from chaotic college lodging to a control-freak heaven. I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me. Here are some of them I found while hanging around online:
A dorm room doesn’t have to be boring or poorly-organized. If you just put some effort into decorating your dorm room, it can actually feel like home.