1. Tapestries Are Your Best Friend
Hanging up a tapestry is the easiest way to transform the look and feel of a space. Of course, tapestries is on the top of our list of dorm decoration tips! Retailers like Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Society6 have a wide variety of tapestries to choose from.
Keep in mind that you’ll more than likely live in a tiny space with limited real estate on the walls. A large 88” X 104” tapestry will be too big to display in its entirety. If you plan to make the tapestry the main focal point of your dorm room, a medium 68” X 80” tapestry will do, but it will still run on the big side. Smaller tapestries that are about 51” X 60” are ideal for dorms, especially when you want to hang up other posters too.
2. Bring A Lot of Pushpins and White Toothpaste
If you’re going to decorate your dorm with tapestries and posters, you will need to bring pushpins. Pushpins are wonderful, multifunctional little things because you can use them to hang necklaces, tote bags, or whatever else you want to display on your wall.
Some dorms come with sections on the walls lined with carpet-like material that is perfect for pinning whatever you want without the permanent holes. If your dorm does not come with this, bring white toothpaste. All you need is a little dab to cover up those tiny holes. Who will know the difference?
A word of caution: make sure that your dorm walls are a matching white color before banking on the toothpaste idea.
3. Use All the Space You’re Given
One of the biggest dorm decoration tips you can benefit from is learning how to use your space wisely.
If you’re a person who has a lot of stuff and likes it that way, this tip is especially for you. Some students loft their beds and place futon couches underneath them. This extra hangout space is great for having friends over because, frankly, who wants to sit on someone’s bed for any more than five minutes?
Even beds that are not lofted, but still have that extra space underneath (crouching room only), can be used for extra storage. Simply hang a tapestry or beaded curtain over this area if you want to cover up your new storage space.
4. Display Pictures
You know that feeling of warmth you feel when you’re in a comfy, cozy space that you can in relax in all day? The Danish call this feeling hygge. This word can be an adjective as well.
Make your dorm room hygge with pictures! Displaying photos of your family, pets, friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends will immediately turn your dorm into your second home. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Use clothespins and transparent string to creatively drape your pictures across adjacent walls.
5. Don’t Go Overboard
It’s easy to accumulate knickknacks, posters, and other dorm decorations during the school year; taking things down and packing them on move-out day is another story. The dorms are temporary, so it does not make much sense to bring books that you won’t have time to read (but they sure do display nicely), a figurine collection, or your family of potted succulents.
A lot of dorm decoration tips online suggest buying loads of stuff for your dorm, but you don’t need to do this to achieve the look you want. Decorate minimally, but with functionality in mind. Before getting a piece of décor for your dorm, ask yourself if you will really benefit from having it.