February 26, 2011

Budget Dorm Decoration Ideas

As a general rule dorm rooms are boring. The walls are off-white, the lighting isn?t the best in the world, and the only furniture is usually a bed and a desk. If you?re lucky you have a closet. What?s a college student to do? Try these budget dorm decoration ideas to add your personality to your dorm room.

Most likely you won?t be able to paint your walls, but that doesn?t mean you?re stuck with bland. Measure the wall from top to bottom and side to side. Find fabric you like, soak it in liquid fabric starch and adhere it to the walls. It is easy to remove and can be reused. You can also use posters or other wall art. Print out inspirational sayings that can be taped to the walls.

Your dorm bed is not going to be the most comfortable bed you?ve ever slept on. Chances are it will have drawers in it to store clothing. Find a great comforter and bedding to make a statement. Add extra pillows to create a daybed look. You may also be able to find an accent rug which coordinates with the fabric you?ve chosen for the bedding. Choose curtains in a complimentary solid shade so they don?t clash too much with your roommate’s bedding.

Raise your bed with cinder blocks if you need extra storage. You can then slip plastic totes under the bed. Closet organizers might also be a good choice if you have more clothing than space to store it. Think of ways you can use items to get double duty out of them. A storage trunk can be used to store things and as a table when necessary.

Your dorm room will come with overhead lighting and a fluorescent lamp on the desk. Neither is very flattering and may not provide the best light. You can use a floor lamp to add interest as well as mirrors to make the room look larger. You may also want to add white Christmas lights can also be helpful when trying to change the lighting in your room.

Chances are you?ll have a roommate with the same lovely furniture you have. Try different ways to arrange the furniture in the room. Rather than having a bed and desk on one wall, try arranging the beds in an L-shape. This will leave a space in the corner to place shelves or a table. Think of ways to add originality to the room layout.

Don?t forget to bring items which remind you of home. Pictures, plants and your favorite stuffed animal can help you avoid homesickness, but they can also be a focal point upon which to decorate your half of your dorm room. Having familiar items around you may also help you study.

Try these budget dorm decoration ideas even if you don?t live in a dormitory. These same ideas can be used whenever you have a small area to decorate. Your dorm room is a temporary dwelling. Consider the space you have and then try to make the most of it.

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