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Dorm Room Ideas

When it comes to moving into a dorm room, maximizing your storage as well as creating an inviting space are the two most important factors. Learn how to create an exciting and cozy living space with our dorm room ideas.

Dorm room with lofted bed, desk with monitor underneath, and a small couch and tray table

Maximize Your Dorm Room Space with a Loft Bed

A loft bed can be a great way to create functional space. Use this extra space for your desk as a work area, a relaxation area or reading nook with bean bags, or a storage location for all your dorm room essentials.

Black Frigidaire mini fridge in a dorm room

Save Space with Mini or Compact Appliances

Having your own mini-fridge or other compact appliances like a microwave or coffee maker can help save money in the long run. You’ll have a fridge to store drinks and food and be able to spontaneously make a hot meal to accommodate a busy schedule.

Dorm room with string lights, closet, and bins under a raised bed

Use Bins for Easy Storage

When you have limited space, it can be difficult to cram all your textbooks, clothes, and files in a small closet or storage unit. Purchasing bed risers or getting your bed lofted can allow you to put storage bins underneath – a great solution for lack of storage.

Desk and chair with vertical storage solution above the desk

Make Sure to Use All Vertical Space

When there’s no more space on the ground or inside storage units, a solution is to build up. Having vertical shelving above your desk or built above your bed or closet can be convenient for decorating or placing any items you don’t use regularly.

Modern desk and chair with a desk lamp, and frames and a cubed wall shelf against a white wall with black polka dots

Apply Wall Decals to Cheer Up your Walls

Colours, picture frames, wall murals and decals, photo collages, and peel-and-stick wallpaper are all fun options to liven up your dorm room. At The Home Depot, you can purchase decorative mirrors, wall sculptures and decals, and wall art at a variety of price points.

Organized closet with wicker baskets, a laundry basket, over-the-door shoe storage, and a hanging closet organizer.

Utilize All Spaces and Levels in Your Closet to Optimize Storage

Organizing your closet and using accessories to facilitate that will help maximize your closet space. Using slim hangers, space-saving closet organizers, over-the-door storage solutions, and a hamper that fits the bottom level of your closet are just some of the many ways you can make an upgrade.

Wall mount rack to hang earrings

Use Wall Shelves and Organizers

There are a variety of wall shelves and organizers available to keep items neat and create visual appeal. Using wall storage for things like accessories, plants, and books means clearing up desk space and removing the need for an extra storage unit.

A bed with decorative throw pillows and a patterned orange storage ottoman

Use Simple Multipurpose Furniture

Purchasing multipurpose furniture is a practical way to save money and space. Some ideas include an ottoman that acts as a storage unit, floor lamps with shelving, beds with built-in drawers. There’s no need to buy two separate furniture pieces when you can get both in one.

Person placing a black photo frame with flowers art on a wall

Hang Frames, Photos and Posters to Make the Room your Own

Personalize your dorm room with photos, posters, frames. Use adhesive strips and hooks for hanging to ensure a secure attachment to your walls. You can even hang decorative planters that contain low-maintenance plants to give life to your space.

Pale blue double-drawer desk with a desk lamp, laptop, and a blue chair

Have Everything Handy and Organized in Your Study Area

Your study area is where you’ll likely spend most of your time in your dorm room, which makes organization and comfort a priority. Ensuring that all your study essentials are conveniently located can boost your productivity. Consider buying a desk with built-in drawers or organizers for your desk.

Dorm room with two beds, a rug, wall décor art and decorative mirrors

Make Your Dorm Room Cozier

Adding a decorative and personal touch to your dorm room can make your room cozier and more welcoming. Here are some dorm room ideas to get inspired:

  • Add a bit of excitement with colorful, patterned, or fringed throw pillows, blankets, and bedding sets
  • Invest in mattress and pillow protectors to maximize their lifespan, and a mattress topper for more comfort
  • Get curtains for your windows or blackout curtains or insulated shades for a more functional purpose. You can also get temporary shades in a variety of styles
  • Play around with the lighting in your room by hanging up string lights, placing a lava lamp, or including both a floor and desk lamp into your decor. You can even purchase smart lighting to control the colour and power by simply using your voice or smartphone.
  • Add personality to the room by laying down an area rug in a modern or bohemian style

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