How can I Decorate my Dorm Room on a Budget?

Lauren Romano

When you go off to college, chances are you don’t have a lot of money to take with you to decorate your dorm room. That doesn’t mean that it has to be bare and boring. There are ways you can decorate your room on a budget and still have it be stylish and comfortable.

Garage sales are great places to find cheap decorations.
Garage sales are great places to find cheap decorations.

One way that you can decorate your dorm room on a budget is to buy a silk plant as opposed to a real one. Some college students buy some type of real greenery for their room, but after awhile it’s going to have to be replaced which means spending more money. A silk plant can last for a very long time and can stay with you year after year.

Throw pillows can be used to decorate a dorm room.
Throw pillows can be used to decorate a dorm room.

Using throw pillows can serve a double purpose as they can be used to lay your head down on or for decoration. They could end up being quite expensive, especially if you’re buying more than one. Consider refurbishing ones that you already have. You can make a new pillow cover out of an old shirt, sweater, or sheet that you no longer want. You can interchange it as often as you like without having to frequently buy new pillows.

While you may prefer buying unused items, there is a chance you might be able to find items for your dorm room at thrift stores, yard sales and garage sales. You could find unique items that cost very little and may work well with your décor in your dorm room. Chances are no one will even guess where you got them.

As an alternative to buying all new items for your dorm room, consider bringing some items from home instead. You may want to bring some pictures, special figurines or even a lamp. Not only could you bring a bit of familiarity with you when you go to college, but you can save yourself some money as well.

Instead of buying posters or framed artwork for your dorm room, consider creating your own instead. You could take pictures of items around you that you’re fond of, such as your friends, plants or architecture, and put it onto the wall. Consider getting the pictures enlarged and possibly changing them to black and white for an extra artsy effect.

Decorating your dorm room doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It is possible to make your room a reflection of who you are while sticking to a reasonable budget. There’s no reason you should have to spend an exorbitant amount of money just to have your room be a place you can’t wait to get to at the end of the day.

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