Bed and bath stores and department stores are bursting with back to college gear, that will transform a dull, lackluster dorm room into a virtual palace at a price. For those who don’t have a couple hundred dollars to blow on bedding, butterfly chairs, and storage containers, you should know that you too can have an attractive dorm room while saving your money for textbooks and supplies.
The first thing you need to do is go shopping in your bedroom and in your home (with your parent’s permission). Most of these items you probably own. You shouldn’t have to purchase much.
Let’s start with a list of supplies you will need:
Card stock paper
Coffee tins (or large cans or jars all the same size)
Plastic Storage Bins
Decorate the wall to resemble a polaroid wall. You don’t need to take hundreds of polaroid photos to create this effect. All you have to do is cut out images from magazines and copies of your favorite photographs all the same exact size. Mount these pictures on Card stock, all also exactly the same size using rubber cement or tape. These images can now be used to create a very attractive picture grid on the wall. When selecting pictures to choose, try to keep a central theme. It can be sports images, fashion images, images from your hometown, or your favorite actors. To make the theme even more cohesive, you can photocopy all of the images in black and white directly onto card stock. Use rubber cement to adhere the images to the wall, as it is easily removed.
Create a feature wall with wrapping paper. Wrapping paper can be used to Jazz up the wall behind your desk or perhaps at the head of your bed. Another option is to cut the wrapping paper into shapes or a design and adhere it to the wall.
Decorate the bed with beach towels. You don’t have to spend a fortune on designer bedding for your dorm bed. You can take your old bedding from home, or purchase inexpensive solid color bedding and use an attractive beach towel (which is on clearance in August and September) to decorate the bed like a runner. Use a second matching beach towel to cover your pillows so visitors don’t get them dirty. Placing the towel on the bed will also keep the bed clean when other sit on it.
Organize your desk top using the coffee tins or jars. Use wallpaper, or tape more pictures onto the jars to decorate them so they don’t look like cheap containers.
Use plastic storage bins for under the bed storage to hold extra supplies and out of season clothing. These bins can also be used to contain dirty laundry and for transporting your clothes to and from college.