How-to Decorate Your Dorm Room on a Budget

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



Many college students around the world spend hundreds to decorate their dorm rooms. That’s a ridiculous amount of money to splurge on decorations when there are many ways you can turn a dull dorm room into a warm inviting place without emptying your bank account. Here are four budget-friendly ideas to add character to your dorm room and make it a space you want to go to after a long day of hard work.

Hanging Lights

Price: $5-$15

Lights are a simple way to decorate your dorm room, bringing any tired and dark room to life.  You can place them around the border of your room or wrap them around the frame of your bed. Feeling creative? You can hang them in a pattern and put up pictures intermixed with the lights using clothespins.


Price: $5-$10

Putting up picture frames is a quick, inexpensive way to fill up space on a boring off white wall.  You can buy cheap frames from Walmart, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. There are often 40 percent to 50 percent off frames at both Michaels and Hobby Lobby. To fill the frames all you need is online pictures. Print them on photo paper and place them inside the picture frames.



Tapestries can also fill up space on a plain wall. Bonus: this is a trend on Pinterest right now which provides the opportunity to find more in stores. However these can get a little pricey. If you aren’t willing to spend more than $20 you can always go the less expensive route and use a bed sheet with an artsy design. No one will be able to tell the difference and your room will look fabulous.

Washi Tape


The possibilities are endless with washi tape. With all the designs available you are likely to find something that fits your style. You can create a wall mural out of washi tape, stick it around the border of your bookshelves or even place tape as a border around pictures if frames aren’t your style.

Get creative and don’t be afraid to look on Pinterest to get some inspiration. By using these low-cost dorm room decorating ideas you not only save money, but also create a space that is unique to you. With the right dorm room you can take the college life by storm.

Alaysha Harris is a senior studying communication.