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6 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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Moving to a dorm room when you’re used to living in a comfy house or apartment can be tough. Student housing can be underwhelming, and you may want to find ways to personalize your space so you can at least make it feel familiar. Thankfully, there are so many things that you can do to bring life to a stale room, and many of them are pretty affordable too. Let’s take a look at how to make your dorm room feel like home on the cheap.

Add Some Plants

You’d be surprised at how much plants can transform a room’s decor. Plants can also enhance the air quality of your room, which will boost your overall well-being and could even help you concentrate better. If you want as much bang for your buck as possible and want something that requires little maintenance, you could get a few hibiscus plants. These are really inexpensive and can look majestic with nice flowers. They can also be decorated with string lights for a more dramatic effect.

Get a Nice Rug

Check out the classifieds where you are and check if you can find used rugs. Nice rugs can get very expensive, but you could get something very luxurious on a site like Craigslist if you know where to look, so start searching for options right now.

Get a Bean Bag

Bean bags are popular in dorm rooms for many reasons. They’re very versatile and can be used as a loveseat, sofa, or bed if you want to. They come in so many styles and sizes too. If you’d like to know more about the different models of bean bags available and find one that would work for your room, see here.

Decorate the Walls

You should also try to find ways to decorate your walls, but make sure that you do so without violating the terms of your housing agreement. You could get some nice posters and wall art and use adhesive hooks or poster putty so you won’t damage the walls.

Get LED Lighting

Led tile lights or strips are one of the best additions you can make to a dorm room if you want to make it stand out on the cheap. Go for a set of lights that is easily customizable and offers a wide range of colours and lighting modes. Also, make sure that it comes with a nice application that will allow you to control the lights at distance.

Buy some Stools

Stools are a very quick and inexpensive way to upgrade your space. They can become plant holders, and bookshelves, and even be turned into media consoles. If you really want them to stand out, you can also paint them, or even stack them on top of each other. They can make a big difference in your room’s interior, and also help you keep your space more organized.


All of these tips will help you create a livelier dorm room on the cheap. Consider trying some or all of these options, and always look for more inspiration.

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