Dorm decor can be super overwhelming. There’s so much to plan before you even get there, and once you're moved in, you might come across problems like outlet space, too much furniture, and dungeon-like lighting!
But because dorm rooms are so boring, there are so. many. options. for spicing up the space with a little creativity and a solid colorway.
These nine dorms underwent complete transformations that are truly HGTV-level amazing. They are beautiful, unique, and OTT in the best possible way. Click through to see some incredible "before and afters" that will inspire you to hit up your nearest Home Goods, stat.
Play Furniture Tetris
Struggling with space in your cramped room? Here’s a tip: Rearrange your furniture. Most of the time you have a lot more space than you even realize!
Um, also, a pool noodle between your bed and the wall can save you from dropping your phone into that dark crevice (you know the one)! You can also chop up a pool noodle and pop it over top of the ladder steps on your bunk to save your shins! GENIUS!
Make Dorm Furniture Look Chic
If you have an ugly chair or couch in your room, courtesy of your university, cover it with a blanket to make it look brand new! Top it with some throw pillows and it's basically a custom piece.
DIY Your Wall Art
If you’re dying for some cute wall decor, take a note from this video. Here, they make amazing watercolor art in only a few minutes! Who needs a poster sale when you've got two hands and some brushes?
Mirrors can do a LOT when it comes to opening up space. If you’re trying to make your room seem bigger, try putting a mirror on a desk that's facing a wall. You'll feel less claustrophobic and catch glimpses of your gorgeous face while you're hitting the books.
Curtains + Wall = Easiest Wall Decor Ever
Using curtains to add texture to blank walls and fill up the empty space is an amazing way to make your room comfier and cuter. It's like paint, but way easier.
Turn Posters into Wallpaper
You know those adorable posters everyone hangs on their walls? They're basically wallpaper. Annnnnnd, you can totally make your own! Combine posters or printables from Etsy with DIY word art.
Buy All of the Lights
Overhead lighting is kind of the worst. If your room has terrifying fluorescent lights or no lights at all, consider adding dainty little "fairy lights" or string lights along a wall to set the mood (laptop Netflix binge? Choose your own adventure).
Here, one YouTuber explains how she used her lights to add a lil somethin' somethin' to her space.
Make Your own Headboard
To turn your XL twin into something you actually want to sleep or hang out in, consider busting out your sewing machine to craft a makeshift headboard you can slip over the top of your bed posts.
Sticking to a color palette is key in making your room look cohesive. Neutrals are great because they never look dated and always look sophisticated.