DIY (Dorm-It-Yourself) College Dorm Room Hacks: How to Decorate a Dorm Room

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks

Back to school. Back to campus. One thing is for sure, you and your college student may not know how to decorate a dorm room. There are many things to consider, including the college or university’s rules and regulations about what you can and can’t do. For instance, you may not be able to put nails in the wall to hang artwork or paint the walls. What are you to do? We have some great college dorm room essentials that can take a dorm room from drab to fab in no time. Keep reading to learn how to decorate a dorm room.

How to Decorate a Dorm Room

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Instead of hiring a dorm room decorator for your college student, let them DIY – Dorm-It-Yourself, with your help, of course. Not only can your child style their dorm room (or at least their side of it), but you can spend time with your son or daughter before they settle into life on campus. To be sure your student gets what they need, here’s a how to decorate a dorm room guide:

Dorm Room Accessories

Let’s face it: hardwood floors get cold. And stepping barefoot on them may send shivers up and down your college student’s spine. To avoid this, place Rainbow Stripe Area Rugs on the floors. They’re contemporary and stylish and great for a dorm room because they’ll provide your child’s feet with a cozy and soft place and help them to avoid slipping. Plus, the area rugs will protect the floor.

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks-Rainbow Stripe Area Rug

A popular dorm room hack is to use Peel and Stick Wallpaper. It’s printed on a premium substrate that’s removable and won’t damage walls. The best part is if your college student wants to change the design, they can do so in seconds. It’s a great way to get the look of wallpaper without the time-consuming commitment. Simply peel and stick to create the look you want. Please note: check the college and university guidelines to make sure you can hang things on the walls.

Another great dorm room accessory is wall art. Our Pier at Sunrise Triptych Canvas Print is peaceful and serene and can add personality to a lifeless dorm room. To hang them, you may want to use removable hooks to avoid damaging dorm room walls. Please note: check the college and university guidelines to make sure you can hang things on the walls.

Lastly, add lights to the dorm room. Covered with shimmering stars, our plastic and copper Starlight Twinkling Spheres have a built-in timer for 6 hours on and 18 hours off. Instead of hanging the lights, you can pile the spheres into a planter urn to add a decorative touch to a dorm room.


Dorm Room Electronics

Since your college student probably has a lot of electronics, from a smartphone to a tablet, it’s important to protect these from power surges, power outages, and lightning strikes. A great solution is the flexible Quirky Pivot Strip because it bends to fit every sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet. It features four grounded outlets, on/off button, a breaker with a reset button, and a 2′ extension cord. The Quirky Pivot Strip is available in white or teal to brighten up a drab dorm room.

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks-Quirky Pivot Strip

If your college student wants to add a “pop of color” to their college dorm, the Portable Disco Ball Light-Up Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect solution. It uses Bluetooth technology and offers four different color-changing LED light show effects that work in sync with your child’s music. It also features an FM radio, “power on” and “charging” indicator, and micro SD card slot. The Portable Disco Ball Light-Up Bluetooth Speaker includes a USB to micro-USB charging cable and 3.5mm aux-in jack. It’s a fun way to listen to music and unwind at the same time!

Since the handy LED Desk Lamp packs plenty of brightness, it’s a perfect size to fit a small desk in a dorm room! It’s simple to turn on and off and adjusts its brightness level (up to 220 Lux) with its dimmer feature. The LED Desk Lamp includes a USB cord so your college student can charge it from their computer.

For even more charging power, use the Couchlet USB Charging Station. It’s stylish, lightweight, and super-slim and slides in between the couch cushions or mattress and box spring with the fold-out arm. You can conveniently use your mobile devices while they’re charging. And, the 6′ detachable cord uses your current wall charger and gives you 2 USB outlets for multiple devices. How cool is that?

Another dorm room electronic essential is the 5-Port Super USB Charging Hub. It’s compact and can charge up to 5 USB devices at the same time with its built-in power supply (2.4 amp max outlet per port). Use it on tablets, phones, MP3 players, gaming devices, and more. A soft blue LED power indicator light lets you know the charger is on and functional.


Dorm Room Furniture

Although a dorm room has a desk and chair, the student desk chair is hipper. This fun and functional desk chair has a transparent acrylic seat and back, heavy-duty chrome base, swivel seat, pneumatic seat height adjustment, and wheel casters. It’s contemporary design and contoured seat make it an ideal choice for a dorm room desk chair!

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks-Student Desk Chair


Dorm Room Organization

Know this: being organized is important because it’s easier to find the things you need, e.g., books and schedules, quickly. Our Desktop Organizer and Charging Station can help organize your college student’s desk and charge their devices at the same time. It features six separate and convenient spaces to store paper clips, sticky notes, pens/pencils, and more, plus docking stations. It’s perfect for corralling clutter that could take over a dorm room.

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks-Desktop Organizer and Charging Station

Another great way your college student can stay organized is with Peel & Stick Cork Organizers. Plus, they add some fun to a dorm room. The hanging organizers can be configured any way your college student likes and used to post memos, hang jewelry, or display photos. The Peel & Stick Organizers are available in three different styles: black circles, pink/taupe squares, and cream/taupe octagons. They’re safe for walls and removable when the time comes. Please note: check the college and university guidelines to make sure you can hang things on the walls.

Another dorm room solution is the adjustable bed riser system. The system includes four 3″ risers and four 5″ risers that can be used separately or stacked together. The small bed riser nests securely over the locking ring on the large bed riser and won’t slide. Use the Adjustable Bed Riser System to create extra space under a dorm bed for storage. Each bed riser has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. per riser; 1,200 lbs. for the set. You college student can use the extra space under the bed to store clothes, blankets, and more.

Finally, your college student can build customized storage for their dorm room with the Perch™ Wall Storage. But get this: all you do is mount the perch, a magnet wall organizer, to a dorm room wall with the included integrated 3M© Command™ Mounting Strips and then add the magnetic containers. Pieces include Wally, the magnetic wall plate, Twiggy, Stumpy, Bitsy, and Biggy. Your college student can store notepads, pens, sticky notes, their smartphone, sunglasses, comb/brush, toothbrush/toothpaste, and more. The possibilities are endless! Please note: check the college and university guidelines to make sure you can hang things on the walls.


Dorm Room Bedding

A typical dorm room hack is to use bedding to show off your personality and add color to a dorm. For instance, Hemstitch 400 Thread Count Solid Sheet Sets are super soft and available in five sizes and eleven colors: Gold, Blush, White, Navy, Grey, Willow, Ivory, Blue, Lilac, Fawn, or Coral. All your college student will have to do is choose the color or colors they like. They can even mix and match sheets and pillowcases to give your bed a different look. Add some throw pillows on top to create a cute and comfy place to relax.

DIY-Dorm it Yourself College Dorm Room Hacks-Hemstitch 400 Thread Count Solid Sheets

Rather than use a comforter, your college student may prefer a down alternative blanket. It’s comfy and extremely cozy during any season of the year, from winter to summer. It features a down-like loft that’s ideal if your college student has goose down allergies. The design of this down alternative comforter includes an embossed striped pattern with an elegant, silky-feeling 3″ satin border. The Down Alternative Blanket is available in two neutral colors to complement your dorm room decorating.

In addition to the Down Alternative Blanket, the Grand Hotel Thermal Cotton Blanket is cozy and comfortable. Your college student will enjoy a warm and comfortable night’s sleep under one of these basket-weave design thermal blankets. Their luxurious weave makes these versatile blankets perfect for warm or cool nights. The blanket is available in three sizes and six neutral colors: Aqua, White, Navy, Taupe, Grey, or Ivory. Even though your college student may have a twin bed, they may want a bigger size so they can wrap themselves in the blanket on cold nights.

With the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, your college student will sleep like a dream. The 6″ thick memory foam pillow will never go flat and offers the ultimate in comfort, and the breathable bamboo cover keeps you cool and comfortable all night long. If your college student is a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or back sleeper, no problem. The memory foam pillow is ideal for all of these.

If a dorm room mattress gets damaged, you may have to pay for it. Keep it dry, clean, and stain-free with a 300 thread count, machine-washable waterproof mattress pad. The specially designed waterproof backing is quiet and won’t rustle or disturb sleep. It also features a cotton top with hypoallergenic fill and fits any mattress up to 18″ thick.

Make Your Dorm Room into a Cool Space

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Since you know how to decorate a dorm room, you and your college student can use these dorm room hacks to create a space that’s both stylish and functional. And if your child has their roommate contact information, suggest sending an email or text to find out what they’re bringing, and to get a sense of their style. And even more important: your college student and their roommate could bond over dorm room decorating ideas. After all, getting along can make the college experience more enjoyable.

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