Dorm rooms get a bad reputation. Squeezing two or three people in a tiny 8 foot by 8 foot room to live for 9 months can be depressing. At the same time, every college Freshman gets excited about the way they are going to decorate their dream room. Here is my guide to your dorm room essentials to get you started!
Start With the Basics
Your bedding can quickly set a mood for the rest of your room, as it is often the first thing that you see when you enter. Personally, I like a lot of color but my wardrobe lacks color. So I decided to play around with that and have my comforter black, and let my pillows and the rest of the details in my room pop with color in comparison.
Let’s face it, dorm room lighting sucks. If you can, getting your own lights will definitely brighten up the room and make it feel more like your own space and less like a borrowed room. Start with string lights and work from there. Lots of stores offer a wide variety of different kinds of string lights (such as my butterfly lights and big bulb lights) that will give you a step up and more personal approach from the classic Christmas-y lights that everybody else has.
From there, consider getting a floor lamp and a desk lamp as well.
Organizing doesn’t have to be boring and hidden! While you may need some big storage bins or extra drawers that you hide under your bed, you can get some other storage options that you won’t want to hide!
One of my favorite pieces in my room this year is my jewelry cabinet on my dresser! First of all I love that it is white because it stands out and looks clean against the wood grained school furniture. I also love that it gives me a place to store and display my jewelry! While I don’t normally wear a lot of accessories, I like being able to have some handy for special occasions. Last year I didn’t think I would need any sort of jewelry case, and I found myself using Command hooks on my walls to hang up my necklaces. This cute cabinet saves space and accents the room at the same time!
Another good way to organize is to use desk organizers. Right now I use one simple white desk organizer that holds all my highlighters, index cards, post-it notes, and other school supplies.
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This is my favorite part! What’s the point in having a room if you aren’t going to personalize it? I am a huge believer in pictures.
I have a Polaroid camera and I adore taking photos and hanging them on a string of twine on my wall above my bed. So many people compliment this look when they come into my room!
I also have a bunch of pictures tacked up above and on the wall next to my desk. I love being able to see colorful notes from my friends and pictures of good times when I’m stressed.
Don’t Know Where to Start?
Whether you’re looking for ways to spice up your room, planning your future dream dorm, or creating a care package for your favorite college student, I made a list on Shopswell with some of my favorite Dorm Decor items to get you started! Check it out:
Isn’t that list above great? I made it with this super cool site called Shopswell! It’s almost like Pinterest, but for shopping.
Shopswell makes it easy to discover great products from a ton of different sites, all in the same place, as well as sharing lists with friends and family. I know I’ll be using this for my Christmas list this year! They even have this super cool feature called price tracking, where you can select a product and a price and it will alert you when the price changes or when it reaches a specific price!
Right now Shopswell is having a really cool giveaway! Every month they are giving away $10,000 as a part of their Shop.Share.Win. Program! Interested in winning? Check out here for more info on how to play! Want to know where you stand? Check out the current leader board here.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.