12 Dorm Room Decor Essentials That'll Liven Up Your Tiny Space

No dull dorms allowed.


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 you can actually do a lot with it if you have a few key pieces to make it less basic. 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!

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1 Fairy String Lights

Make sure your dorm room is lit — literally and figuratively — with these delicate, wire-strung lights.

2 Comfy Chair
Urban Outfitters
$19.75 (75% off)

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.

3 Colorful Bedding

Your bed is the only spot in your dorm that's wholly yours, so you have permission to go all out. That obviously means you need flamingo bedding. 

4 Leaning Mirror
Urban Outfitters

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.

5 Peel & Stick Wallpaper

You can't paint your walls, but you can cover them in temporary wallpaper! 

6 Paper Lantern Set
Urban Outfitters

Here's how to make your dorm room look party-ready 24/7.  Add some candles, and it's boho vibes for days.

7 USB Desk Lamp
Urban Outfitters

This modern lamp 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.

8 Woven Wall Hanging

Dorm rooms can feel stark and cold. Warm it up with a woven, modern wall tapestry.

9 Winky Eye Bath Mat
Urban Outfitters

If you have to use a communal bathroom, you can at least have the cutest bathmat in it.

10 Printed Laundry Bag
Urban Outfitters

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.

11 Round Jute Rug
Urban Outfitters

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. 

12 Picture Frames

No matter where you go to college, you can keep all your high school besties with you.

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