Moving away to college this fall is stressful for me on so many levels. I remain the most anxious about dorm living, specifically how my room is going to look. Now that I know where I’m living, who I’m living with, and what kind of bathroom situation I have, I feel a little more comfortable about taking the big transition from bedroom to dorm room.
Considering this will be my home for 9-10 months out of the year, I figured I should look into cute ways to personalize it. Since it took me roughly three years to get my current room to please me, I’ve been stressing about my dorm since my junior year of high school. Crazy, right? Now that I have a picture in my head of how I want my room to look, I have something a little more important to worry about: money. It’s no secret that college students (or rising in this case) are broke, so how am I possibly going to find what I want for a decent price?
After browsin’ the ‘net, I have my heart set on five different websites that I would like to introduce you all to for dorm–or any kind of room, for that matter–decor. Keep in mind, though, that if you can’t afford it, just make it. If the object is going to be cheaper as a DIY, you can add your own touches and spare your wallet without waiting for you new decor to arrive in the mail (score!). I’ll shut up now and introduce you to my favorite websites.
I’m pretty sure everyone knows–or at least has heard of–Pinterest. If you don’t have this cool form of social media, go make an account right now! Pinterest is a great way to find things that interest you (hence the name, probably) such as do-it-yourself projects, clothes, quotes, etc. Most “pins” also serve as a direct link to the product or tutorial they are advertising. This is a great way to find both inspiration and the directions or product for something you are seeking. You have the ability to pin things that you like and “follow” your friends to see what they like as well, furthering your ideas. Two boards of mine that are super helpful when planning for college are my College & Dorm and DIY boards.
P.S. If you search “college” on Pinterest, you can find links to websites providing lists of stores/places that provide discounts to college students. Super helpful!
My dad–yes, my dad–introduced me to this website. Though it’s name includes “apartment” there’s one thing that both apartments and dorms have in common: lack of space. Apartment Therapy provides a plethora of ideas on how to decorate and personalize small spaces. Looking for something more dorm specific? They actually have a Dorm Room page that has trendy teen/young adult styles as well as posts devoted to reaching a dorm room look for under a set price. Plus, Apartment Therapy also provides links to objects used for their tutorials, so you are just a click away from the room of your dreams!
ModCloth is Urban Outfitters except a hell of a lot better. I’ll warn you, though, ModCloth is pricier. I enjoy looking at their decor products still because they can provide inspiration for a future DIY project of mine. If I happen to find something that I can’t live without, however, I could splurge a bit for it, though, right?
I stumbled upon Society6 via Pinterest and fell in love immediately. Though Society6 is on the higher end of my budget regarding decor, they have an assortment of reasonably priced items as well. This company’s uniqueness derives from the fact that one design is available on multiple products (if not all of the products they offer). This makes it super easy to find cute hipster-isque things printed on multiple platforms. Consistency doesn’t stop here, though. Prices remain the same within the same product line. For instance, all of their throw pillow covers are $20 regardless of the print or style of them. This way you can enjoy whatever style you like and not be worried about an inflation of price!
This is, by far, my favorite place to buy things for a dorm room. While their products lack style, they thrive in functionality and their price tags are amazing. Here is a website geared only for dorm and apartment inhabitants and they understand our need for reasonably priced items. Plus their shipping is super cheap! This is your one-stop shop for a mattress pad, bedding set, desk lighting, bookshelf, and more!
Remember: if you ever find something you love but don’t want to pay for, you can always find an alternative; I always turn to the do-it-yourself method of madness. I hope this post helped you in your quest for the perfect dorm room!