Private Dorm Room Ideas
Are you lucky enough to have your very own private dorm room? Over the next few years, you’ll have as much peace and quiet as you want. And some more good news? You can decorate your room however you like, with nobody to complain about your color scheme or your overuse of mason jars.
To help you make the most of your complete freedom, we’ve put together this list of dorm room ideas for anyone lucky enough to do whatever they want!
What room would be complete without a photo mural? It should literally be one of the first things you think of when you first decorate your dorm room. Why? Because it can remind you of home, remind you of friends, and tell the world about who you are as a person. Moving away to college, especially if you’ve not yet left home, can be stressful and emotionally draining. But a little reminder of home can help you through it.
As you probably know already, there are any number of ways you can make a photo mural. You can either pick photos you’ve taken yourself- the hipster inside you longing to be let out will probably want to use actual Polaroids for that- or you can put together an actual mural, maybe thirty photos, that fit together to make a bigger picture. This example is of a basic street scene, but yours can be whatever you like.
Accessories With Sharpies
Sharpies are the perfect way of accessorizing your stuff. It’s as simple as it sounds: basically you take whatever stuff you want to make cooler, and draw whatever patterns or pictures you want. And obviously, the choice of what to accessories is completely yours.
You can draw patterns on your lamp or lamp shade, like in the example above. You could decorate your planters (if you have any plants), you can make your desk look a thousand times better by making your stapler or pen pots look more colorful. It’s little things like that which can make the difference between somewhere you’re happy to live, and somewhere you aren’t.
The best thing about it is that all you need are Sharpies- which you probably already have anyway. All you need is time and a steady hand, especially if you’re drawing a pattern like the design The Spruce used above. Alternatively, you can draw shapes where all you have to do is fill in the lines. Who knew you’d still be doing that at college?
Gold-Dipped Mirror Frame
If you have a full length mirror in your dorm room, you can make it look cooler with blocky colors and patterns. You don’t necessarily have to actually dip your mirror in paint for this to work; if you can’t remove the mirror from the frame, you won’t be able to anyway. The point is more in the color than the act of dipping…
If you can remove the frame, you literally dip it in paint and hang it to dry. If you can’t, it’s as easy as using masking tape on the mirror and frame to achieve the same effect. Whatever color you pick, the effect will still look good; this example was dipped in gold.
This one is more of a practical tip than a cosmetic one! Because you’re living alone in your dorm room, it might feel less cramped. But the floor space you have available is actually a little smaller (at least it usually is) than you’ll get in a double, triple or quadruple room. So even though you’re alone, you still want to make the most of your space. And this is a great way to do it.
An over the fridge caddy sits on top of your fridge, held down by the weight of plates and cups or… well, anything heavy. It helps you save on vital storage space, and at the same time, it can actually look pretty good too. If you take the time to shop around, you can find them in all different shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of colors. So now you can color match stuff you didn’t even know you needed!
DIY Hanging Shelves
Here we go again with an actually useful tip. It’s so easy to make your own mini hanging shelves that you’ll wonder why you haven’t already. All you need is some wood and some screws or nails, and if you’re making a hanging shelf, some string to hang it up. You can decorate it however you want, or leave it completely plain.
Obviously, hanging shelves help make the most of your precious floor space. Bear in mind that you’ll probably have around 100 square feet or fewer to work with, and that’s minus anything taken up by your bed, your fridge and your wardrobe. Any space you can save by hanging stuff up on the wall is vital, otherwise you’re gonna spend the next four or five years in what feels like a storage closet.
DIY Typography Pillows
Last but not least, we recommend personalizing your pillows. It might seem like a bit of wasted effort, but if you take the time, it can really make the room seem like your own. Now, there are all sorts of ways to do it: you can dye your pillows whatever color you want, or even tie dye them if you’re into that sort of thing.
Alternatively, you can decorate them with mini fabric flowers, or like this example above, stencil them. Obviously you can stencil whatever you want on them, but the guys at Brit + Co have stenciled them with words and phrases. You can motivate yourself to wake up in the morning with some real hyped up, go-getter stuff like ‘There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope: Bernard Williams.’
Don’t worry, we know that wouldn’t actually motivate you to get up in the morning. But you get the point.