1. Make it A Space that You Love
Wall art is a great way to add a fun touch to your home away from home. Your dorm room is not only where you sleep - but where you study, eat and spend your down time, so make sure it's a space that you love. Instead of messy posters hung up with masking tape, find cute frames to hang your art in. And since many colleges ban hammering nails into the walls, framed pieces displayed on a shelf can be an easy way to channel your inner Joanna Gaines right in your dorm. And no home is complete without a welcome sign.
2. Build a Coffee Bar
While you likely won’t be cooking meals in your dorm room beyond microwaved mac ‘n cheese, you’ll definitely be relying on lots of coffee to power through late night study sessions and 8am classes. Investing in a Keurig or another instant coffee maker could be a life saver, and also save you lots of money by avoiding the Starbucks on campus too. Designating a small spot for your coffee maker and all coffee-related accoutrements will not only be functional, but can be super cute too!
3. Throw Down an Area Rug
Even if your dorm room is already carpeted, it’s likely to be a thin, low quality rug and not the most attractive. Putting down an area rug will make the entire room feel more cozy and welcoming – especially if your dorm has linoleum or cold tile flooring. And in our opinion - the more colorful, the better!
4. Keep it Clutter-Free and Organized
Since you only have a small space to work with, a heap of dirty laundry or messy desk can make the entire room look like a disaster. Try to minimize what you bring with you to college in the first place, and make sure you straighten up the room at least every other day. Clothes can be a killer - try not to over pack, as there is a serious premium on closet space in the standard size dorm room.
5. Use Different (and Better!) Lighting
Many dorm rooms come standard with florescent, corporate looking lighting that is very harsh and unforgiving. Instead, opt for a standalone lamp or string lights. They will fill the room with a warm, soothing feel and can add a bit of an inviting "homey" feel. You can also dim many lamps when you're trying to pull an all-nighter studying but your roommate is already asleep.