When it comes to decorating a dorm room for cheap, a balance has to be maintained between your own personal style, the rules of the dorm and a very small decorating budget. As with everything that is new, it might take awhile for you to completely understand what your style exactly is and how to achieve it. Being that a dorm room is a transitional place, it is the best space in which to start experimenting with different ways to decorate for cheap. Here are some simple things you can do to make your dorm room feel more like home.
A lot of dorm rooms can not be painted, so a trick is to buy some inexpensive white sheets and dye or paint them the color that you wish that your walls could be. Have someone help you hold them tight to the walls while you staple them first at the ceiling. Then smooth them out and staple them to the baseboards. Instant Color!
Many dorm rooms have standard issued desks and beds. Just adding your own bedding and accessories to this area can make them your own. With your desk you can even create an original desk top out of a measured and cut piece of plywood. Whether you paint the top, decoupage or mosaic with old tiles, you add instant style.
One of the most important things when decorating any space is the artwork that you choose to hang. Now this can be made by your own hand or a group of talented friends. Many college freshmen also choose to hang up picture collages of all of their family and friends to remind them of home. Another option is to buy an inexpensive re-production poster of a print that you wish to someday own. Or go to a local museum, take a picture of the art piece that speaks to you the most and blow it up. A picture within a picture is always very interesting and will add a statement to your dorm room.
Organization is the key to decorating any space, especially when trying to balance school work, personal time and other aspects of a busy student’s life. No matter how colorful or stylish your dorm room is- if it is cluttered you will not be able to concentrate or relax. There are many cheap options available, from colorful plastic bins to old hatboxes to separate and store all of your stuff. You can also create your own storage solutions with decorated shoeboxes, unfinished wood boxes and old suitcases. As long as you stack things in an organized manner, almost anything that is meant to hold something can be made to look attractive. The trick here is to make everything look deliberate instead of haphazard and little eyesores can instantly become decorative statements.
When decorating your dorm room for cheap, do not feel like you have to out-do everyone else on campus. Most of your fellow students are also just starting out, trying to find their own style and experimenting with different ideas. That is what college is all about.