Having a well-decorated and insanely comfortable dorm room is like experiencing the highest form of satisfaction and you never want to go out again. When you go to college, you will most likely live far away from your family and you can get homesick. You have been brought to your dorm room – big enough, but extremely boring. You will be staying there until you graduate, or at least until the school year’s over. You need to do something to your dorm room or stare at the blank wall for the entire year. A clutter-free and well-decorated room will boost your motivation to learn because the place will relax your mind. You need to regularly redecorate your room to avoid boredom. However, it does not have to cost a lot. You just need to be more resourceful and creative in figuring out how to decorate your dorm room. In fact, you can use recyclable stuff and turn them into something useful. Here are the top 10 dorm room decorations that are affordable and will trigger your creativity.
10. Magazine Collage
Making a magazine collage is one of the first things that might come to your mind. This is also the easiest form of art to do because most materials are just within reach. Do you love magazines? Perfect. You need to gather all the colorful magazines that you have read, along with a white glue (acrylic medium or glue stick), scissors and an illustration board for your collage’s background support. Depending on your preferred theme, cut all the magazine portions that you think will complete your collage. You can either make it look realistic or abstract. You can describe your life goals using cutout images. Cut however you want, it will definitely look nice once done.
9. Wire Photo Wall
What do you do to your white and boring wall? Decorate it with photos. One of the most creative ways to display your memorable photos is to have them lined up in strings of wires, like hanging your clothes to dry. You need some wire, mini binder clips and black card stock. There are many DIY instructions on the Internet to help you out. Reminisce on your favorite memories that will keep you going throughout your college life. Add more photos as you move forward on your college life. Make sure the wires are tight enough to support the weight of your photos.
How do you make fun with your door? Cut a black fabric in the form of your body figure, with or without clothes, that will look like a silhouette once posted on your door. You can use a staple gun to attach the finished artwork to your door. If you are having a hard time drawing your silhouette on the black fabric, you can have your artistic friend draw a figure for you. You can also find silhouettes from Stencilry.
7. Throw pillow out of your old shirt
If you think that you need some closet makeover, do not throw or donate all your clothes yet. Choose some of your favorite shirts and turn them into throw pillow cases. You just need a throw pillow sans cover, an invisible zipper, needles, sewing machine, thread, iron and chalk. Draw the cutting lines on your shirt using the chalk and cut them after. Separate the two layers of the fabric and then stitch along the edge of each piece. This is where you will place the zipper later. Sew the invisible zipper and the sides, maintaining a ½” seam allowance. Place the pillow once you are done. Voila!
6. Homemade lava lamp
Adding some lighting in your dorm room will make it more spacious. Aside from the lamps you will need when you study, you can also place a java lamp beside your bed for something to relax your mind with. Instead of buying yourself one, why not make it yourself? To let you in on some science trivia, the wax’s low temperature almost has the same density than its surrounding liquid. When you heat up the lamp, the wax will expand and rise. It cools once it reaches the top and then falls. You can search the Net on how to make the homemade java lamp. Basically, you put the liquid and wax in a container and place the 40-watt bulb under.
5. Cardboard Frames
This is the way to go if you want a new dorm room look. Grab some cardboard boxes and turn them into fun picture frames. You will need a pair of scissors, glue and your creative mind. The frame does not have to be cut on basic shapes, you can cut it however you want – even asymmetrical. Try it and explore your creative side on this one. You can even give it as a gift.
4. Buy a plant
One of the most basic ways of decorating your dorm room is to add something green, like a plant. You have no idea how it will lighten up your room and your mood at the same time. It is classic, but it has never been taken out by any interior decorator no matter how modern the look of a place is. It can even remind you of your home rather than some empty place you would not want to be.
3. Get funky with your bedding
Do not just stick to your old and boring bed sheets. Get funky by choosing bright and colorful bed sheets to keep your dorm room alive. Buy some reversible comforters so you will not have to buy a lot of it – you just need to turn them around. Make your bed even more comfortable by placing loads of comfy pillows.
2. Place a mirror
Make your dorm room look bigger by placing a mirror. Surely, you do not want anything square shaped aside from your room. Place a mirror of any shape than square, like a puzzle-shaped mirror. Not only will it turn your room into art, but it will also reflect your character.
1. A nice couch
A nice couch is every room’s must have. It is where you entertain your friends, a place to rest while watching TV or reading a book and it can be your bed when you are too drunk to reach the real bed. If your dorm room does not have enough space for one, try a bean bag seat.