Moving into a new dorm can be an incredibly exciting event. Not only will you have newfound freedom, but you’ll also be able to decorate it in any way you wish! Well, so long as everything fits in the relatively small space which will become your new home…and you can afford to buy new items that will make your room both stylish and practical.
Yes, decorating a dorm room has its pros and cons, but you just have to make the most of it! You may not be living in a mansion, but you can certainly decorate it in a way that can make it feel like a mansion. Below are 4 ideas for how to make your dorm room way more luxurious than you ever thought possible.
1. Don’t Scrimp on Bedding
Most of the space in your dorm room will be taken up by your bed. So it makes sense to make your bed as comfortable as possible. This doesn’t mean you need to get high thread count bedding (although that would definitely help to make you feel like a king or queen!). It means making your bed a place that you look forward to relaxing and sleeping. Even without a big budget, there are ways to go about this. For instance, instead of going for plain colored sheets, you could buy a lively sheet pattern. Or, you could spend a bit more to get a really comfortable pillow.
Remember, around ⅓ of your life is spent sleeping, and it’s especially important to get some quality zzzs when you’re studying. So if there’s one area to splurge a little, it’s without a doubt your bed. It’s not just about what you buy, either. Taking the time to make your bed every morning is such a small thing to do with a tidy payoff. It will not only make your room look tidier and more appealing, but it will also make getting into bed after a long day in lectures even better.
2. Buy a Small Rug
If you’re after an item that will add a touch of luxury to your dorm room, a small rug is the way to go. Whether you opt for one that’s pattered, fluffy, or in a bold color is up to you. Just choose something that matches your aesthetic. Rugs aren’t just for looks, either. When it’s cold out and your floor feels like ice, it can be a welcome comfort to step on your rug. If you’re thinking that a rug will be a real investment, you’ll be happy to learn that you can find affordable options from places like Ikea.
Just be sure to first check with your roommate (if you have one) that they’re fine with your choice of rug! While it may be on “your” side of the room, it’s always a nice gesture to ask them what they think. Who knows, they may even pitch in for half!
3. Personalize Your Space
You may not have a ton of space to work with, but that’s precisely why you need to personalize it. “Have fun working with the space you have and finding ways to make it your own,” advises Angela Stringfellow from Higher Learning Today. “This can mean adding personal touches like photos of your loved ones, or decorating your space in a way that’s pleasing to your eye.” There are so many things you can do, so it’s really up to your imagination.
It’s your space, after all. You may find the concept of decorating your own room a foreign concept if you didn’t have too much freedom doing so in your parents’ place. But now you do have total freedom, it’s time to let your creative juices flow! If you’re stuck on ideas, consult some interior decoration blogs or Pinterest boards for inspiration.
4. Decorate With Indoor Plants
One of the most inexpensive ways to give your dorm room a luxury touch is to buy some potted plants or succulents. Not only will they bring some extra life and color to your room, they can also be beneficial for your health.
It’s important, however, to choose indoor plants. Just because a plant is small and cute doesn’t mean it’s an indoor plant. So be sure to check the label or, if you’re buying them in a gardening store, ask a staff member for help. It’s also vital that you follow any instructions for keeping your plant healthy and, well, alive!
You’ll need to check how much sunlight or shade your plant needs, how often it needs to be watered, and how much you should water it each time. Attending to your plants may seem like a bit of a hassle at first, but it’s worth it for the positive impact they will make to your dorm room.