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Dorm Room 101: Your Home Away From Home

dorm room decor by Mt Pleasant furniture store GDC Furniture

Regardless of their size, dorm rooms can be made into multifunctional spaces that feel warm and inviting, just like your room at home. Your dorm should be cozy and personalized – a refuge for you to take comfort in when your schoolwork starts piling up. Having a stylish space will not only help you adjust to your new surroundings but keep you from feeling homesick. 

Whether you’re planning to live alone or share the space with someone else, here are some dorm room decor ideas to give your dorm room a personal stamp so that you can feel more settled.

Meaningful pictures incorporated into dorm room decor on the nightstand

Display Meaningful Pictures 

A lot of dorm rooms won’t allow you to nail into the walls, but that doesn’t prevent you from hanging lightweight photos or displaying frames on your desk. Pictures of family, friends, and pets can help you feel connected to those you love even when you’re away from them. You can create a collage, hang pictures from twinkly lights, or pin photos to a corkboard. To add a level of sophistication and style to your dorm room decor, you can also display some of your favorite art prints.

Set Up Comfy Seating

To make your room feel more welcoming, try bringing in a cozy statement chair that you can sink into when you want to relax. If you are able to loft your bed, the chair can go underneath along with some pillows and a blanket to serve as a reading nook. If you’re really short on space, you can also use an ottoman that you can tuck away when you’re not using it. Regardless of what type of chair you choose, it helps to have some extra seating options on hand when friends stop by.

A comfy chair with soft accent pillow by Charleston furniture store GDC home
Small statues by Charleston furniture store GDC Home serve as dorm room decor on a desk

Make Your Workspace Chic

Almost every dorm room comes with a desk that’s more function than form, so it’s up to you to make the most of it. If possible, place your desk near a window to allow natural light to illuminate your workspace. You’ll need a bright lamp for those late-night study sessions, so you might as well choose a stylish one like our Ribbon Coral Mini Lamp. Staying organized is key, so we recommend stocking up on binders and organizers that will keep everything in place. You might also like to switch out the chair the school provides with a more ergonomic and stylish version.

Add Greenery to Your Dorm Room Decor

You’d be amazed at what plants can do for the ambiance in a dorm room. They add vibrancy, color, and life – even to a small space. Certain houseplants, like a Peace Lily or Aloe Plant, even work to purify the air and improve your overall health. As you will be very busy, it’s best to buy plants that are easy to care for and require little maintenance while you’re living in the dorm. Plant them in beautiful pots or baskets to add a touch of style to your dorm room decor.

table top plants as living room decor on a table by GDC Home, Mt Pleasant furniture store
light organic dorm room decor by Charleston furniture store, GDC Furniture

Create Innovative Storage Solutions

If there was ever a time to get creative with your storage, it’s now. With little closet space, you’ll need some crafty solutions to avoid clutter. For example, you can use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store things like toiletries, hair products, and first-aid supplies. You can also use command hooks to hang things like scarves, belts, and hats inside your closet. Don’t forget about under-bed storage as you can fit a lot in bins or baskets that are tucked neatly away.


Decorate Your Dorm in Style

Heading off to college is a big move, but having a beautiful room to settle into will undoubtedly make adjusting easier. If you can, gather all your dorm room decor in advance so that you can set up right away and focus on other more important things once you get to school. While leaving home is never easy, this new phase of your life will be exciting and filled with opportunities!


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