4 Cute Dorm Decor Ideas When You’re On a Budget

It’s back to school in just a few weeks! Maybe you’re going off to college for the first time, or you’re starting your second year at UCLA. You walk to your dorm, unlock the door, and everywhere you look, it’s white clinical-looking walls. It’s time to breathe some life into this space and make it yours! But how do you do that when you’ve got limited funds from your part-time job? Luckily, cute dorm decor doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few low-cost solutions to turn your dorm room into an oasis. 

1. Maximize Your Wall Decor & Storage

Space is a premium in a dorm, so you don’t want giant, clunky decorations that you and your roommates have to climb over to get to the coffeemaker. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style; make the most of the walls! 

For example, you can channel calm, earthy vibes with these curtains. Long curtains also perform a pretty neat trick: they create the illusion of a larger space by pulling the eyes up. For $8, that’s a worthwhile investment. 

You can also break up bland, white walls with peel-and-stick wallpaper. Or channel all the good memories of you and your besties with this adorable photo clip

2. Choose Bedding You Love

In dorms, your bed will take center stage. Make it something you look forward to seeing every day. When it comes to affordable and comfortable bedding (because you’re sleeping in this every night), Target has you covered. This adorable floral bedding set comes with a comforter, sheets, and a sham. Target’s dorm bedding sets are made with cotton so that you won’t sweat through your sheets during the night. 

3. Choose Items That Pull Double Duty

Some of the best decor for small spaces is the stuff that pulls double duty. For example, this beautiful floral desk mouse pad protects your wrists and adds that much-needed pop of color to your study space. Or a fuzzy ottoman that doubles as storage and a place for friends to sit and watch the latest Gossip Girl reboot. 

Often underestimated, carefully chosen appliances can be both stylish and functional. This cute mini fridge is giving us serious retro vibes. And you don’t have to choose your dad’s old coffee maker. There are plenty of options to add that extra pop of color to your dorm(we personally love blue, and this one comes in at less than $30!).

4. Don’t Hesitate to DIY!

Right now, we’re crushing on this cute DIY headboard. While headboards can cost a pretty penny at Pottery Barn, with this video, you can design your perfect bedtime oasis for just $35!

Or, instead of buying an overpriced planter on Amazon, make your own. However, if you’re a notorious plant killer, there are some pretty cute felt succulent ideas to spruce up a dull dorm. 

Right now, there are lots of ads telling you that you need to shell out $400-$1,000 to decorate your dorm. We’re here to tell you that’s simply not true. You can have cute dorm decor and deserve your own home away from home without breaking the bank. Use these simple ideas to create a space that’s uniquely yours. 

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