5 Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room On A Budget

Picture this: After your graduation party has wrapped up, you’ve got a hand full of cash, checks and gift cards from family and a bunch of other people you don’t know.

There are SO MANY things you need for your first year of college, but you have NO idea where to start.

It’s already overwhelming to become a freshman all over again, yet alone deal with the pressures of becoming an interior decorator too.

No worries!

As a teen, you’ve probably never looked at price tags because Mom and Dad usually foot the bill.

Sadly, those days are long gone. But there is a way to have a decked out room without breaking the bank.

Here are 5 helpful hints to get you started on turning an ordinary dorm room into YOUR personalized living space!

  • MAKE A LIST. Before you step foot in a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or Wal-Mart, write a LIST of all the items you’ll need. Break down all items into different categories like “Bedding,” and “Bathroom,” & “school supplies.” Try making a color or concept theme!
  • BE REALISTIC. Remember that you’re only ONE person, so you don’t need a million towels or bed sets. Keep the number of sets to a minimum. Many stores like to sell bedding in sets, which is convenient, but you won’t need 4 different comforters. It’s okay, you’ll have access to a washer AND dryer – Trust me.
  • COMPARE PRICES. Bed, Bath & Beyond might be a great place to shop for your room at home, but it’s not exactly college student friendly when it comes to prices. Since you’re on a budget, you may want to stick Wal-mart & Target. Once you find things that you want at one place, be sure to check if it’s cheaper at the other.
  • BE PATIENT. You don’t always have to buy everything before you get to school. Sometimes it’s actually better to WAIT until you move in to get a better grip on things you need. For example, your dorm room might already have a nice desk chair, so you can scratch that off your list. You also need to consider how you’ll transfer everything to your room from home. If your school is far or out of state, you’ll want to buy small things, like bedding & wait for everything else.
  • BE CREATIVE. Keep yourself busy over the summer with a few Do-It-Yourself projects! Instead of paying big bucks, you could MAKE your own room necessities like curtains, pillows, & wall decals.

Just remember to set a BUDGET. Don’t spend all of your money on decorating your room. While you want it to be a comfy space, you don’t want to end up with a nice room & empty pockets.

Happy Decorating!

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Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She loves to help others and hopes to be a television anchor. On campus, Shannon serves as the Vice President of her dance team, as well as a mentor to incoming freshmen. When she's not in school or working, Shannon enjoys traveling, eating, watching movies with friends and trying new things.