Decorating a dorm is tough—they aren't exactly cute by nature, and you're not given a lot of free space to work with. But it can also be fun! And you can actually do a lot with it if you have a few key pieces to make it feel more like a stylish home. We've rounded up some dorm room decor essentials you absolutely need, and if you prefer to DIY your decor yourself, we have ideas for that, too! Ahead, twenty dorm room decorating ideas to get you ready the school year.
You need a spot to lounge other than your desk chair and bed. This one is plush, actually cute, and a rocker. Done and done.
This modern lamp will boost the cute factor in your dorm, and give you a little extra lighting during those late night study sessions.
Make sure your dorm room is lit—literally and figuratively—with these delicate, wire-strung lights.
You're going to need a place to cozy up and feel at home, so make sure you pick bedding that does the trick.
Your bed is the only spot in your dorm that's wholly yours, so you have permission to go all out. Fun, colorful throw pillows and blankets are a great way to add color and personality without dominating the room or costing a fortune.
This mirror serves double duty: It's a spot to get ready and check out your outfit in the morning (crucial) and gives you added hanging space for bags, scarves, or jackets.
You can't paint your walls, but you can cover them in temporary wallpaper!
Keep your desk organized and school supplies tucked away by keep them in chic containers.
Paper Lanterns will make your dorm room put-together without taking up any useable space.
This minimalist tray will boost the cute factor in your dorm, and let you charge your tech. Here's to never being in the red zone on your way to class ever again.
There's a 99.99 percent chance that your dorm room won't have enough outlets to accomodate all of your needs. Plan ahead with an extension cord that doesn't cramp your style.
Dorm rooms can feel stark and cold. Warm it up with a woven, modern wall tapestry or a photograph that reminds you of home.
If you have to use a communal bathroom, you can at least have the cutest bathmat in it.
Keep that pile of textbooks organized in style with some baskets and bins. Put them under the bed, on some floating shelves, or on your desk.
Cool bluetooth speakers will make your dorm room ready to set any mood, from pump up party vibes to study session chill vibes.
Make the least exciting task a little bit better with a cute printed laundry bag. This one has handles, so it's super easy to carry with you to the machines.
Check whether your housing accommodations have central air conditioning or allow AC units—if they don't you will definitely want to have a fan running to keep your room cool during welcome week.
No matter where you go to college, you can keep all your high school besties and beloved family with you.
Keep your favorite jewelry from getting all knotted up with a stylish organizer like this one.
Even though this rug is neutral, the texture on it is so cool. It'll match with your and your roommate's decor, and — bonus! — it's small enough to fit in even the tiniest spaces.