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6 DIY Decorative Dorm Room Ideas

As fall moves in closer, students start looking forward to yet another year of life in the dorms. As the weather begins to get drab, you’ll soon realize that your time spent in your dorm room will increase. So instead of leaving your room dingy, boring and just the way you found it why not spiff it up a bit, add a little of your personality, and a splash of excitement to personalize your room.

6 Do It Yourself Dorm Room Ideas

These DIY ideas are sure to lighten up and make your dorm room friendlier whether it’s your first semester at college or just the start of senior year. Your room doesn’t need to be dull and lifeless. It can become one of the warmest and most welcoming spaces to hang out. And you don’t have to abide by mom and dad’s rules, do you? So feel free to get wild and push the envelope. Seeing as how college can be so costly and it leaves little to spare in your wallet we’ve decided to share with you 6 DIY Decorative Dorm Room Ideas for the college student budget.

Vinyl Record Wall Décor
Vinyl Record Wall Décor

It seems nowadays that records have now become obsolete, thanks to the iTunes, Pandora, and the rare few that still buy and listen to CD’s. Given that records are a thing of the past you can often find them at thrift shops or old records stores for a couple of bucks or close to nothing. A great idea to spruce up your dorm room is to take these old tunes and display them on your wall which gives your room dimension and a lively look. Depending on how many you buy the cost can vary but you should be able to find records for roughly $1 apiece.

Cloth Curtains & Dividers
Cloth Curtains & Dividers

It’s 2am and the guy next door loves to blare his heavy metal music all throughout the night. You’ve got an early lecture and need your sleep, so what do you do? A simply way to cut down the noise is to decorate your walls with cloth which acts as a sound barrier while giving your walls some color. Take a look through the remnant section at any cloth shop and you should be able to find some fun material for just $10-$20.

Wallpaper Collage
Wallpaper Collage

Think of your dorm room walls like a blank canvas just waiting for you to personalize it. An inexpensive way to express yourself is to create a wallpaper collage using postcards, posters, magazine cut-outs, ticket stubs, and pictures. Postcards are fairly cheap and you can collect them on your travels or bring some from home. Been to a few concerts, festivals, or movie openings and have posters left over or ticket stubs? Wallpapering posters is a good way to turn a boring wall into something fun. If you have a stack of Vogue, GQ, or Cosmopolitan magazines just sitting around, grab some glue, construction paper, and scissors and put together a dream board. Whether it’s your dream vacation, dream career, or dream house this allows you to be creative. Finally an easy way to make your space a little homier is to print pictures and display them within your collage making it a tad more personal.

Old T-Shirt Doormat or Rug
Old T-Shirt Doormat or Rug

Have a lot of old shirts that you now no longer wear? Why not take these colorful and classy t-shirts and put them to good use no matter how old they are. A great way to repurpose your old shirts is to cut them up and stitch them together and turn them into a doormat or rug. As long as you have a bunch of old shirts, a needle, and some threat this DIY decoration can come at no cost.

Painted Cans or Mason Jars
Painted Cans or Mason Jars

Does your table seem too dull and lifeless? Or do you keep losing your pens and other important things? A quick creative solution can be found with simply finding an empty can or jar. To spruce it up all you need is some paint, maybe a ribbon, and if you’re feeling glitzy just add some glitter. Turning these empty cans or jars into custom made holders for your pens, pencils, hair accessories, etc. Never lose your pens and other small supplies again. This one might cost you around $5 depending on the paint, ribbon, or whatever else comes to mind when customizing your holders.

Clothespin Photo Wall
Clothespin Photo Wall

All you need for this personalized wall decor is some thread, clothespins, and a few pictures to get you started. Maybe start with a few pictures hung up that you can reminisce over but take this space as a project. Adding photos throughout the year so that once it is over you can look back on your journey. This will cost you only $2-3.

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  1. I love these ideas! Especially the vinyl record wall decor and old t-shirt doormat! They seem like they’re quite simple to do as well. I may have to try them myself!

  2. These are some really cool ideas. Really like the record idea. I like to see rooms that aren’t just a bunch of movie posters or worse, nothing at all. My one friend had a room with nothing in it and he was totally bland.

  3. Fun ideas! I had a friend in college who decorated with the clothespin photo wall and I always loved visiting her room. The old t-shirt doormat sounds like a really cool idea and a good way to recycle too.

  4. Wow, I love these!!! I wish I had come across this sooner, I bought some vintage posters for my room but that seems kind of bland compared to some of these. I’m definitely going to do the rug and the vinyl will look great with my posters. I hope you’ll follow up with some space saver / organizing tips, still trying to find a way to maximize space in here.

  5. I love most of these ideas, though I think covering your walls in posters and magazine covers is a little high school/teenager-ish… but… to each their own :)