Every dorm room needs a little bit of love, just to bring it to life. But between college fees, books, and food, there’s precious little money left over at the end of the month for dorm room home improvements. That’s why most people take to DIY projects to spruce up their dorm room.
If you’d like to do the same, then take a look at some of our awesome DIY dorm room ideas. None of them are expensive, and none of them will take too much time and effort. There really is no reason to keep staring at those ugly, blank walls. Get decorating!
Over the bed, canopies are what they sound like: little net or fabric canopies that hang over your bed. Sort of like the four poster beds from Harry Potter, the ones that had little curtains that you could draw back. Only these ones, you make on your own, rather than paying through the nose for an expensive four poster.
Over the bed, canopies are awesome because they can help you achieve some much-needed privacy in a shared room. That can be a difficult task when you spend most of your evenings sitting in one room with another person, or two or three other people. It can get pretty stifling. With a canopy, you won’t be able to see them. Although you will still be able to hear, and smell them.
DIY coat rack
It can be tough making the most of your tiny wardrobe space. You can always leave all of your Winter clothes at home during Summer, and Summer clothes at home during Winter; but can you be bothered doing that? No, of course not.
You can save a bunch of precious wardrobe space with a DIY coat rack. You can make it from some simple wood offcuts, so it won’t cost more than a few dollars and the cost of some screws or nails. If you like, you can decorate it to your taste.
Washi tape wallpaper
Oh, washi tape. The hero of every DIY dorm tip, used for everything from decorating ceiling fan blades to stool legs. What list would be complete without it?
Washi tape wallpaper is that perfect blend of easy and effective. You can make big, bold statements with color and pattern using washi tape on your wall: all you need is time and a little effort. And maybe some string to guide out where the tape is gonna go.
There are two schools of thought on washi tape. One is that it’s great for geometric, colorful patterns. And it is. But you can also use it for sort of ‘drawing’, too, if you like. Whatever means most to you.
Picture collages are a super way to personalize your own little space, and you can make them however you like. Just pick out whatever pictures you want to look at in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening when you go to sleep, and pin them up above your bed.
But to take things a step further, string them together- with string. You can hang them in a sweet geometric display, or hang them in garlands. You can use pins, or you can use clips. The important thing is to avoid picking any embarrassing photos.
String art is another neat way of making something cool on a limited budget. Basically, you ‘draw’ the outline of something- anything- using string. But you do it by wrapping the string and pulling it tight around pins. If you’ve somehow never encountered string art before, just check out Pinterest. It’s basically what Pinterest is all about.
String art is awesome because you can personalize it. You can ‘draw’ whatever you like: the outline of a state, a heart, an initial, a wine bottle… Maybe a… Dolphin? Does that mean anything to you? Look, we come up with the DIY ideas, you deal with the creative side.
DIY bulletin board
Bulletin boards are a good choice because you’re going to need one anyway. You may as well make it personalized while you’re at it.
When you buy a bulletin board, it’s normally pretty bland looking. But you can spruce it up with cheap fabric either just as trim or all over. It’s so easy just to pin some fabric to it- the thing is literally designed to have pins pushed into it. But if for some reason you can’t or don’t want to do that, you can glue it down, super easy.
Make your own modular shelf
Modular shelves are pretty useful. I don’t need to tell you what you can use shelves for: the opportunities are, well, limitless. But don’t waste your hard earned money buying stuff from Ikea. Make your own shelves with plywood, and live the experience of being a carpenter for a day.
All you need is a little bit of plywood, some nails and maybe some hot glue. It’s ridiculously easy, but at the same time, it makes you feel really useful. You can tell visitors that you put together most of your room with your own bare hands, and your parents will be proud of you.
DIY desk accessories
Last, but not least, we recommend that you create your own little DIY desk accessories. These are the sorts of things you pick up from Staples before you even leave for college: little things like pen holders, mini staplers, that sort of stuff.
There’s all sorts you can do with them. Whip out the washi tape and make them more colorful. Or use the string that you made your string art with. Or get rid of them completely, and replace them all with mason jars and jam jars. Just be aware that mason jars are very, very cliché at this point. You might still be able to get away with it, but only just.