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10 Dorm Decor Essentials To Spruce Up Your Space

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Making sure that your dorm room feels like home is essential to surviving college. You don’t want to live in a dorm that has no sense of comfort attached to it. Whether you want your dorm room to be a haven, hangout spot, or to have a chill vibe, dorms are a great way to showcase your unique style.

At Collegeboxes, we have seen our fair share of dorm rooms. So, we know what pieces will elevate your space without creating too much clutter. Here are a few decoration ideas that may inspire you to deck out your dorm room. 

Mirror leaning against the wall next to a stool


A long mirror, whether it hangs on a door or is just one you put on the wall, seems like a simple detail, but it’s a huge necessity. This is where you can check out your fits, take cute mirror selfies, and do any quick fixups before leaving your dorm. 


Having a rug in your dorm can add color and comfort to the room. It doesn’t have to be anything big or bulky, but a little bit of color and texture goes a long way in making a cozy and comfortable place to live.

Bean Bag / Couch 

A place to lounge in your dorm room is a nice touch for when guests come over. They’re also really awesome for when you just want to chill. Having a bean bag or small couch provides a much-needed alternative to laying on your bed or sitting on the floor.  

Man sitting back on a beanbag and reading a book

Decorative pillows and a white blanket on a couch

Pillows and Blankets

Decorative pillows are a fun way to spice up your bed, couch, or chair. It doesn’t really matter if they’re fancy or not. In fact, you can find cute and affordable pillows at Target, TJ Maxx, or other home goods stores.

Throw blankets are super cozy and convenient. They’re also a stylish addition to your bed or couch! No matter who you are, a cozy throw blanket is a necessity for any dorm.

Small Coffee Table 

A small coffee table is a timeless addition to any room.  It can be used as a small dinner table while eating, or as the finishing touch to your lounging area. You can even decorate the coffee table with a little tray, a vase, coasters, or knickknacks. 


Adding faux plants to your living space is a perfect way to add an extra earthy feel to the room. If you have a green thumb, you could even use real plants!

Wooden coffee table standing in front of a couch

Bon Iver poster hanging on a blank white wall


Tapestries come in many cool designs and can even be customized to fit your own personal tastes. You can find tapestries in any style; from landscapes, to mandalas, to breathtaking illustrations. They’re a great way to cover a lot of wall space without having to break the bank.


Posters are an easy way to add personality to any room. A poster of your favorite movie, show, or artist is always a fun and inexpensive touch.

Pictures of Friends/Family 

Decorating your dorm with pictures is a great way to add a personal touch to your space. When homesickness starts creeping in, it’s nice to have them on display so you can always be reminded of your loved ones. 

LED Lights / Fairy Lights 

Everyone knows that you always need another light that is not just the overhead light. Dorm rooms typically do not have a lot of light from the overhead. LED and fairy lights are an easy fix to this issue, making your dorm brighter in a more aesthetic way. 

LED lights and pictures hanging above a bed

Two women unpacking boxes in a dorm

Feeling excited at the idea of decorating your dorm? Well, Collegeboxes can help you get a head start! With our Ship to School program, we can pick up all your stuff and have it in your dorm before you get to campus on move-in day. That way, you can forget about lugging all your belongings upstairs and focus on decorating your space instead! 

In need of some extra storage? No problem! With Collegeboxes, you can store your stuff for as long as you need. And with prices that start as low as $13 a month, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. 

Let’s move to school in style, sign up for Collegeboxes today!

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