DIY Dorm Room Style: 7 Budget Projects to Create a Cool College Crib

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If your college-bound kid is depressed by the idea of the bland, beige dorm room that's about to become his or her home away from home, why not encourage some personal design creativity? DIY dorm projects!

Sure, you can buy a colorful bed in a bag and all the blindingly bright clothes hampers and rugs you can find, but nothing shows real style like do-it-yourself design done right.

Read on for seven low-cost and temporary dorm-decorating ideas.

Keep in mind these four important things about college dorms:1) Personal space in most dorm rooms is VERY limited, 2) most college dormitories have strict rules about what you may or may not bring in or hang on the walls, if anything at all, 3) furnished dorms usually require that you use the existing furniture; no removal allowed, 4) you'll be hard pressed to ever find a college dorm that will let you paint the walls or furniture.

Be sure to CHECK THE RULES before doing any creative decorating to your child's dorm room.

All this is good news, of course, cause it means you and your college student have to get really creative.

Are you helping your college student get a dorm room ready for the fall semester? Any creative DIY tips?


Top image via Lovely Undergrad 


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ethan... ethans_momma06

These all look so cute and beautiful that I wish I was going away to college!!

MomIWant MomIWant

I love the clipboard idea & the fake wallpaper!  I am going to use the clipboard in my son's dorm room!  These are all great ideas!!!!!!

tonya... tonyalynn

i dont have college age kids

Sultr... SultryLadyBug

Don't have college kids but I wish I were this creative when it came to my college dorm.

Carey... Carey2006

Don't have any college age kids but usually I go with school colors.

Rajeev Aryan

I know the mini-fridge, snacks and a cup of coffee, peopledorm bedding .with the touch of a button, you can make coffee, tea, or hot oatmeal

Harry Handerson

This is a great article, it can be very hard to find good
dorm bedding for twin xl beds.

nonmember avatar Patty

Instead of using the round placemats on the wall, I went to the local craft store and found round scrapbooking papers in a couple of coordinating prints and they looked awesome on the wall!! Not to mention, we then purchased other coordinating papers and covered a can for pencils, boxes for paperclips and the like...awesome and CHEAP!!

nonmember avatar Victor

Great blog you have here.. It's hard to find good quality writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

Barbara Simpler Rooke

I wish more people would show us ways to decorate an assisted living room for our loved elders, dorm spaces are similar but often not mature enough in decor.

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