Why settle for less than enchanting ways to decorate a college dorm room? Though small on space, your college dorm room is your first home away from home. Make it uniquely you by coming up with fresh ideas to decorate and organize your dorm. You don’t have to be rich to surround yourself in beautiful things, especially with these enchanting ways to decorate a college dorm room using unexpected things. So let’s get started.
#1. Hang a Chair Hammock from the Ceiling
Why stick a bulky chair or beanbag in the corner. Instead decorate your college dorm room with a swinging chair hammock. You’ll need to find a beam in the ceiling using a laser guide, which you can borrow from family or friends. Drill a hole in the beam, then smear liquid nails on a heavy duty screw hook and screw it into the hole. Wait 24 hours before hanging the chair hammock and losing yourself in a daydream as you swing about.
#2. Make a Chiffon Shawl Window Treatment
Why settle for drab blinds when you can add enchanting decorating to your college dorm room with a chiffon or rayon shawl. Look for a cheap shawl online and make sure its top measurements are equal to the width of your window. Use nails to hammer the wider side of the shawl along the top of your window. For even more enchantment, decorate your college dorm room with a rectangular shawl with long fringes.
#3. String Christmas Lights Along the Ceiling
Decorate your dorm room with twinkling Christmas lights. Choose single colored bulbs or a medley of colors depending on your taste. But avoid lights that flicker on and off as these will drive you crazy with time. Twist small screw hooks into the walls along the ceiling, then hang the Christmas light string and plug it in where you can reach the cord and unplug the lights at night.
#4. Get Organized with Decorative Baskets
There’s no way a small college dorm closet is enough. But with matching decorative baskets you can tuck your stuff out of sight and decorate your dorm room at the same time. String raffia or rope through the left and right top of each basket to create a handle, then hang the decorative baskets in cascading lines on the wall using swag hooks.
#5. Bizarre Wall Art
Don’t be drab, decorate your dorm room with bizarre art. Look for wall art that speaks to you alone, like giant wooden utensils or old record covers. Look for mirrors in odd shapes or giant clocks. Hang strange puzzle art that no one can make sense of but you. If nothing else, your art will be a great conversational piece.
#6. Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns come in a thousand shapes with light bulbs already inside. Decorate your dorm room with a string of paper stars, or hang a Japanese lantern over your bed. Hang a candelabra from your ceiling to add more flickering light to the ambiance of lanterns. And twist the neon light bulb off on the ceiling in case your dorm room is graced (or disgraced) with one.
#7. Glass Ornaments
Decorate your dorm room with the inimitable sparkle of glass. Hang glass butterflies on fishing wire by your window. Hang a wind chime just outside the window, and listen to the breeze on warm days. Cluster blown-glass ornaments in a cascading waterfall of color and light from your ceiling. And add a twinkling glass music box to your beside table.
#8. Be Outrageously Comfy
Decorate your dorm room with the most unexpected bed cover in the world. Go to a fabric store like JoAnn’s and buy luxurious faux fur fabric to sew a blanket out of. Use fleece for the blanket back to make it less bulky and more comfy.
#9. Warm Your Paws
No need to settle for the stained and abused carpet or flooring. Decorate your dorm room with a cheap rug that you can find at Costco, Home Depot or online. If a large rug’s outside your budget, buy a fluffy bathroom rug to place by your bed for cold winter nights.
#10. Don’t Forget Your Door
Decorate your dorm room door with an eye-catching tapestry or poster that casts the spell of another realm. Choose a fairy’s glen or a misty mountain top. Make sure the image is a drawing not a photograph to complete the illusion of stepping over the threshold to a world of the imagination.
And check out these ideas for a Victorian, Moroccan or Asian decor.