A dorm room can be a far cry from the bedroom that you’ve grown used to, but with the new found freedom that it bestows, it can start to seem like home quite quickly. The best thing about dorms, is that businesses know that you need a lot of stuff quick and on the cheap, so there are always a ton of college oriented sales right when you need it. I tend to gravitate towards Target, and IKEA. Let me say that even if your nearest IKEA is a bit of a drive away, if can be way worth what you get, plus who doesn’t like a road trip. Dorms themselves are changing greatly, I spent some time with friends who had a grand place with several bedrooms that connected into a central living area with a decent kitchen. I had the old school cinder block option. Either way, you don’t get much, to start out with. Plan on getting a desk, a chair and a bed, if that.
The dorm room decor is based around having really interesting bedding colors, and kind of theming the whole room, while on a budget without being able to use the decorators favorite cheap trick, paint. So first things first decide on what you want your colors or theme to be.
Target usually has bed in a bag deals, and they carry twin-XL which is what most dorm rooms offer. Once you pick out bedding that you like find ways to accent that with small things.
One of the best things to get to put stuff on walls such as posters, is mounting putty also known as blue tack. You can usually find this in with the hooks and super glue in the home improvement section. Now since I couldn’t afford posters, I tore out ad’s from magazines that appealed to me and just completely covered the closet doors with them. I also did the same with snapshots from my life. I made a border around the room with pictures and post cards. Or you can pick up frames at the dollar store and put really nice magazine shots in there. Presto, super cheap framed art.
You are going to have to get really good at tucking stuff into small spaces. Drawers, storage bags, those mesh hangie things are all really great for this purpose. Get stuff that’s in matching colors or put towels or sheets over clear things so that they look like part of the decor.
IKEA has great ideas about how to make small spaces work for you and if you have the cash to pick up some furniture while here this is the way to go. They have a wide assortment of futons or other things that can help you double your usefulness of your space.
IKEA is the place to go to get dishes and all that if you have a place to cook in. What will run you $1.50 at Wal-Mart is generally $0.25. You can pick up 6 packs of glasses for like $2. The stuff is also really neat looking.
The basic rule of thumb when decorating a dorm room is to be really creative and to have fun with it. If you live it and love it, then it will work.