36 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas

Start putting together your dorm room design with these great DIY projects.

By: Rebecca Gonner, Editor,
25 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas

It’s almost fall, which means moving back to the dorm rooms for the school year. We know that living comfortably in 115 square feet of space can be difficult (especially if you’re sharing it with a roommate), but these 36 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas can help maximize your tiny space. You live in your dorm room for the majority of the year, so you may as well make it feel like home. Beat the prices of wall decor and dorm accessories from department stores by creating DIY projects that fit with your budget. A lot of thought must go into dorm room design—you only have so much space so how will you use it? We’ve brought together the best small decor and organization DIY projects to help you live large in your cramped quarters.

You can make easy and affordable wall art, or create a tiny garden for your desk. With this collection of cute dorm room ideas, you can have the coolest room in your building. Make your own unique lighting that will make your room a shoe-in for the “hang out” room on the floor. Just don’t forget to make some of those parties study parties.

DIY Wall Decor

Use your walls! Decorating your dorm is so much fun, and with DIY crafts you can have personalized decor to make your room your own. You won’t be breaking the budget when you create these great DIY projects to show off your unique style. Instead of framing, try mounting a favorite poster on wood instead. You can simply add Velcro hanging strips to the back and position it where ever you want in your room. You can even create a little extra shelving space by making a crate shelf you can hang up on a wall or even from the bottom of your lofted bed. Try these DIY projects for unique and affordable college decorating ideas.

DIY Room Decor

Get more out of your decor! Once you have your wall decorations planned, it’s time to focus on the rest of the room. One of the worst parts of dorm life is the utter lack of mirrors. Thankfully, you can make a project that combines a full length mirror and some extra shelving that you can simply lean up against a wall. It’s perfect for dorm room living. You’re going to want some comfortable seating for when friends come to chat or simply for doing homework, and these giant floor pillows are just the thing! Also, don’t forget that succulents are perfect for bringing a little life into a dorm room, and an adorable hanging planter is the perfect place to keep one! With these college bedroom ideas, you’ll be ready to move when fall rolls around.

DIY Organization

Awesome organizing ideas! Fitting everything you need for eight months into one room (or really half a room) is quite the task. Organization is incredibly important to have a successful college experience. These DIY organization projects will help you have a place for everything and keep your dorm livable. If you’re not a fan of lofting your bed (and we don’t blame you) but still want some extra space to store tubs under your bed, make some bed risers to give you some DIY storage room. Mason jars are all the rage, so put together a mason jar organizer to help you keep all the little things in their place. Don’t forget the importance of keeping your room smelling fresh either! Try a homemade air freshener or deodorizer to keep your tiny home free of stink.

DIY Air Fresheners

Keep it clean! Keep your room smelling clean and fresh with these DIY freshners. From air fresheners to calming room sprays, and DIY perfumes to homemade mists, we've got you covered to make your space smell amazing. We will show you how essential oil projects can help you and your room feel refreshed. So, once you have your decor set and your room all organized, craft these DIY recipes for air fresheners to add the finishing touches on your perfect dorm room. 

What's your favorite dorm decor or organization trick?

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So many cool decorative and storage ideas for dorm rooms that can also transition into your first tiny apartment too. You always want to make your room cozy and personalize it with thrifty but fashionable and practical pieces. Don't break lose all your savings trying to look chic in college just DIY through it.

//rolls into the comments section again I think I truly forgot just how tiny dorm rooms were. This page will be a great help in transforming that mini space into something livable for the year. I'm still a firm believer in the rolling under-the-bed storage. My sister got one of those this year, and I'm going to attempt to help her give it a makeover because, boy, do they lack character.

I have made a few of the projects above and love how they turned out. I see myself using them in my future apartment and home!

AH! All of these ideas are so amazing. I'm saving this for my sister who will be headed off to the dorm life next year. Anywhoozles, my fave organization in college was always those rolling storage bins. They fit comfortably under a slightly raised bed (or in the closet). Out of sight and out of mind! It also helped to cut down a lot of the clutter. Those were the days.


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