Dorm Decorating Advice

This time last year, I was freaking out about getting ready to go to college. I had no idea what I should pack or how much, I was soooo worried about not having enough space or just having an ugly room. Hopefully this will help you out a bit as you try to decorate your room! ( I will link everything at the bottom so its easier to see!)


Your bedding is the absolute most important thing for your room, its what you base all of the other decorations off of.  So, get some inspiration from pinterest on the basic styles you want! My style is more glam/chic when decorating so check out my boards if you’re having trouble. I got my bedding from target and all of my pillows and blankets from Marshalls and TJ Maxx. Since I had my bed raised so high, I didn’t want to have to see the junk under my bed.  I just got a simple piece of fur for $5 from Joanne fabrics and stapled it to the base of my bed, no more ugly junk!

Wall Decor

There is a high chance that the walls of your dorm are going to be super ugly. Cover them up as much as possible. I used polka dot wall stickers( from hobby lobby) to try to cover everything up! I also used a flat sheet to cover up the pukey colored pin boards on the wall behind my bed.  AND I got a little crafty and made some wooden picture frames? from Michaels. I spray painted the cool wooden sheet and then modge podged on some of my favorite pictures and BAM! cute wall décor that wont fall off and break!


If you are a fabulous gal like myself, you have a lot of stuff…. you will need somewhere to put it! I got 2 of the biggest storage drawers that I could find, I then spray painted them to match my colors, so it wouldn’t look out of place or cheap.  ( if you get the big ones, you will have to raise your bed super high, I would recommend getting the normal size ones) I also took a pop up closet because I am really weird with my clothes just hanging up for anyone to see, touch or get something on. It was probably the best decision I made, especially after hearing the horror stories that some of my friend had. . . plus it was super cute and organized.  I also got a cute little storage cart, like the ones ALL over pinterest, I used it for my makeup and beauty stuff… IT WAS PERFECT!


Your work station is a super important thing to keep organized. Having cute and purposeful decorations is a necessity. I got some storage boxes from tjmaxx and they had ALL of my odd and ends of stuff. I didn’t want to just have a random first aid kit or hot glue gun sitting out so, these were so useful.. and cute! I also made sure that I got some matchy matchy calender and stationary stuff!


You will most def need a regular area rug and a walk in mat. The walk in mat will help you keep dirt and gunk out of your pretty new room. Both rugs should be bought to tie together your bedding and other décor, I just got a plain colored one! AND keep in mind that your rug will get super gross through out the semester. SO, buy a cheap rug that you’ll be okay with throwing away.

What not to do

  • DO NOT take a bunch of fancy picture frames/bulky wall decor! It takes up so much needed space on your desk. Even if you hang them up with special tape on the wall, they will fall after a while, or you will hit your head on it.  It probably sounds like a good idea to take a bunch of this stuff but, sometimes its better to not have things fall on your face in the middle of the night…
  • DO NOT over clutter, take things that are easy to take down for when you move out! Every decoration you bring should have a purpose. If there is something you absolutely need to take, just take it! But remember, the less clutter the better. No matter how clean an organized you think you are, you will have lazy turd days where you don’t want to fix up all the junk you took!
  • DO NOT obsess over the decorations, you will probably not even spend a lot of time in your room. Just to sleep, get ready and sometimes study! There is a whole campus for your to better spend your time.




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(Not exactly the things I got, most of my stuff came from TJ Maxx)



I hope this little of advice will help you choose what to take to school! I will hopefully be doing another post for what to pack!  Let me know what you think in the comments!



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