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Design on a Dime: Dorm Room Decorating

Although the quarters are close, decorating your college dorm room doesn’t have to be drab. Use these space saving, dorm room decorating tips to make your stylish space feel like home.


Loft Your Bed

Before we enter the realm of decorating tips, we have one extremely important piece of advice to lend: Loft your bed. Trust us on this one. Lofting your bed will create twice the space, which is vital to living in a small, postage stamp-sized dorm room. You’ll be able to do so many things with this new space, like add in a futon, arrange your desk and extra storage, or set up your entertainment center. Plus, the wall space under your lofted bed is the perfect place to show off your style. More on that below!



Has your childhood room looked the same since you were in your early teens? If your tastes have changed, your college dorm room is the perfect place to experiment with new patterns, colors and trends! From your bedspread to decorative throw pillows and a stylish rug, the possibilities are endless! Patterns like stripes and polka dots or solids like cool grays and bright whites are classic favorites. For a loud, bold look, try bright florals to add personality and a pop of color to your space.






Wall Art

Dorm room walls don’t have a gorgeous reputation. However, with a little TLC and style, you can take the walls from looking drab to fab in no time. Since most college dorms frown upon driving nails and screws into the walls, hang things up with adhesive hooks or decorative washi tape. Instead of hanging picture frames, try displaying photos of your friends and family with cute wall decals. Add a bit of serenity to your space by hanging soft twinkle lights from the ceiling above your bed or the wall under your loft for a cozy, calming look. You’ll be thankful for your space after a long day of studying and exams!



Desk Space

After class, you’ll want to come back to your dorm to hit the books and study up before your next lecture. Organize your desk with space saving containers and shelves. The slimmer and taller your desk organizers are, the better. Try finding a tall, thin floor lamp to position next to your desk, instead of wasting valuable desktop space on a bulky lamp. If possible, try to find a small filing cabinet or end table with drawers to store your books, notes and school supplies.



If you think dorm rooms are small, just wait until you see the closets! You’ll want to maximize the hanging space, as well as the floor space, to store all your belongings. Store your shoes in an over-the-door shoe organizer, or buy a shoe rack with multiple levels. Since most dorm closets only have one rod to hang clothes on, install a second rod a few feet underneath to double the space. Also consider bringing a hanging sweater bag with you for another great way to store folded clothing.



Ready to begin shopping for your dorm room? Check out our favorite places to find college essentials at Easton.

Container Store

Pottery Barn


Barnes & Noble

Bink Davies

Crate & Barrel

Elm & Iron



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