Your dorm room is your first real space away from home. You will be spending a lot of time there so it should feel like home to you. The problem is that you are probably on a strict budget. So how can you make your space look like a palace on a Motel 6 budget. Here are some ideas to get you started. Best of all, they are free, or almost free.
Windows and Walls
♣ Decorate walls with magazine collages. You can find people everywhere that are willing to get rid of old magazines
♣ Get old posters from movie theaters, entertainment retailers, or others. Most of these places are happy to get rid of them and will give them to you for free
♣ If you are artistic, draw on your walls with colored chalk. It looks beautiful and washes off easily when it is time to move out.
♣ Blow up a photo of you and your roommates to add style to your door.
♣ Attach a full-length mirror, if you can find one cheap. It will brighten up the room and make it feel bigger.
♣ Turn old tees into cute throw pillows for your bed.
♣ Paint your bed and nightstand, if they are yours, in a cute color scheme that matches your bedding.
♣ Hang strings of garland around your bed for a curtained look that will make your space feel more private.
♣ Pick up tree branches, pine cones, or other natural objects, paint them, and use them as cheap, chic décor.
♣ Fill empty, washed jars with Skittles or other colorful candy to create a windowsill display.
♣ Use duct tape. This wonder now comes in a great variety of colors and patters and the Internet is full of patterns for making almost anything with this amazing tape.
♣ Wrap your milk crates or other storage containers in a pretty fabric to add a comfy feel to your space.
♣ Hang a clothesline to use for holding seasonal decorations, photos, or anything else that catches your eye. When strung from two removable-adhesive hooks, this allows for a great deal of hanging space without marking walls.
♣ Scour yard sales and flea markets for super-cheap tins, pictures, baskets, bottles, or other decorations that will make your space more personal.
♣ Consider adding a goldfish or two in a cheap bowl. Not only will they add some life to your room, they will also give you someone to complain to when you have to study for midterms and finals.
♣ Hang sheer fabric panels to separate areas or to enclose your bed for an added feeling of security.
Making your dorm room feel more like home can be very cheap and easy. Be careful, though, when considering using holiday lights, candles, plug-in warmers, or other electrical or flammable objects. Many colleges forbid the use of such items. Check with your dorm regulations before making these a part of your environment.
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