8 Creative Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room For Under $20

Going off to college is an awesome experience. It’s also incredibly expensive. Besides the books, tuition, and food plan, you also have a brand new room that you have to buy things for and decorate. And it’s not a particularly large room either, so you need to get creative with your dorm accessories. When I went to college, I dreamed of having my walls covered in Harry Potter posters and fancy tapestries. That was before I realized that those things cost something called “money” and I was an 18-year-old with none of that. So, I had a very boring college dorm because I didn’t look into cheap alternatives to dorm decorations. I didn’t even have a mirror, so it’s safe to say that I looked bad 98 percent of the time.

Luckily for you, I found easy and cheap decorations that will make your room look amazing without draining you of all your extra cash, which is hard to come by in college. You’ll have your room looking so adorable you won’t ever want to leave! But you should leave for class because that’s what you’re there for, obviously. Here are eight creative and inexpensive ways to decorate your dorm.


Hang Photos With Decorative Clothespins

You could hang up your photos up with tape, but that would be boring. With cute decorative clothespins, you can hang your photos like a banner across your wall to make your dorm feel more like home!

Buy these for $9.99 at Michaels

Lighten Up Your Room

Lights are key to making a dark dorm room look cozy. With these bronze string lights, your room will look fit for a princess, which you are, obviously. The best part is that they are only $14.99.

Buy them at Bed, Bath & Beyond

Use Tape To Upgrade Your Door

Washi tape is a decorator's best friend. It comes in dozens of designs and styles, and can be used for basically anything. You can put abstract designs on your door or windows, and it comes off easily. Plus, it is super inexpensive and easy to find!

Buy some for $4.99 at Michaels 

Make A DIY Tapestry From An Old Sheet

To me, the best kind of accessories are the ones you can make from stuff you already have. You can take some old sheets and tie-dye them for an amazing tapestry to hang in your room. It will brighten up any dorm and you won't have to spend $50+ for a tapestry!

Find a tutorial here

Create Your Own Calendar

By using paint swatches that you can get for free, you can easily create a calendar to match your dorm. It will help you stay organized and add a pop of color to your room!

Check out the tutorial here

Add Some Flair To Your Bed

You might think throw pillows are a bit unnecessary but I can assure you they are not. Pillows are a simple and cheap way to cozy up your room. There are some really cute ones with inspirational sayings that will actually inspire you to get out of bed and go to class in the morning.

You can buy this one from Target for $15.99

Buy A Floor Mat

Rugs and mats are an easy way to make your room more complete. They come in all different kinds of colors and styles, so you're sure to find one that will match your personality.

You can find this one at Target for $12.99

Buy Succulents!

Succulents are very in right now, if you haven't noticed. They are a perfect way to add more life to a dorm room. They are cheap and easy to manage, and will make your room

Image Source: iStock

How are you decorating your dorm room? Tell us in the comments!

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