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31 Cheap Things That'll Make You Actually Like Your Dorm Room

These things will also work in non-dorm homes, too!

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1. A cactus tapestry to ensure that your new room doesn't suck-ulent.

Promising review: "Gorgeous colors and perfect on my dorm's wall to add color!" —Jennifer Gunn James

Get it from Amazon for $9.79 (also available in two other styles).

2. A microfiber duvet cover your mom would actually approve of.

Promising review: "This duvet cover is really pretty! I have it on my comforter in my dorm room and whenever someone sees it, I get compliments. I was worried the design might be blurry or not sharp but that's not a problem at all. The material feels nice as well!" —Aimee S.

Get it from Amazon for $27.95 (available in three sizes).

3. A macrame banner for a crafty way to cover your walls.

Promising review: "I bought this for my dorm room and I am in love with it. The quality is amazing and it just adds so much to the room." —Gene

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

4. A neon sign you'll ~love~ seeing every day.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

5. A pack of gold stickers to stick on your walls when wallpaper is not an option.

They're easily removable so the RA won't get mad.

Promising review: "Easy to apply and they look wonderful in my daughter’s dorm room. Very nice touch to an otherwise dull wall." —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $8.25.

6. A tiny alpaca planter because plants automatically make every room better.

Get it from Anthropologie for $18 (available in two colors).

7. A rainbow wool garland that'll make a hue-ge difference in your mood once you hang it up.

Get it from TheFeltingDorcas on Etsy for $13.46+ (available in five sizes and eight string colors).

8. Flamingo string lights to add some tropical vibes to your otherwise prison-like room.

Get 10 from Amazon for $11.59 or Walmart for $5.

9. A trendy wood lamp that will be your favorite companion when you're pulling your third all-nighter of the semester.

Promising review: "It totally stays in place — I have left it in the same position for almost a month and it's still up at where I left it. The aesthetic is absolutely wonderful and is going to look great in my dorm room." —imonly

Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in three colors).

10. A wooden desk organizer to free up some desk space for napping when your all-nighter doesn't go as planned.

Promising review: "Excellent product! I have been searching for an organizer to put on the top of my dresser, and I could never find anything unique, functional, and not too big. I came across this organizer and took a chance. I am so glad I did! The product was super easy to put together... just follow the pictures exactly as shown. They even included a screwdriver, so you don't need anything extra to put it together. It is super cute, fun and fits perfectly. I definitely recommend." —lmeglin

Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in four colors).

11. An eared laundry bag purrfect for dragging to the laundry room.

Get it from PBTeen for $29.

12. A large tapestry to cover up the cold stone walls and instantly make even the bleakest dorm feel cozy.

Promising review: "I absolutely love my tapestry! It's much bigger than I expected with wonderful fabric. Also it's double-sided, which I wasn't expecting. I can't wait to hang it in my dorm room! Really a beautiful piece of decor to add to any bedroom!" —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

13. A faux fur rug you can pet when finals week stress hits and your family's dog isn't around to comfort you.

Promising review: "I got the white one and put it in a black chair in my room. Looks very elegant and pretty. It's exactly what I was looking for at a great price. Think I might grab another one." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

14. A geometric glass container to use as a terrarium or a jewelry box

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in six styles).

15. Modern metal bookends for your textbooks — the things are so expensive you might as well display them properly.

Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

16. A curtain of string lights to really make those bleak white walls ~sparkle~.

Promising review: "I bought these for my dorm room and I am absolutely in love with them. I hung them on my wall as a decoration and I love that they come with several different lighting settings. The light they produce is not too bright or obnoxious so I'm able to fall asleep with them without being bothered. The only problem is the plug-in part. It's very bulky and stands out when plugged into the outlets, but as long as you hide it behind furniture it should not be a huge problem." —dna

Get 300 LEDs from Amazon for $17.99.

17. A Gudetama poster you'll really identify with when you're dragging yourself to your 9 am class.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

18. A printed blanket to set the scene for a great new school year.,

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five patterns and two sizes).

19. A floral duvet cover for a ~poppy~ of color to contrast those stark white walls.

Promising review: "I really like to change the look of my bedroom by switching up my duvet cover. It's quick, easy, and inexpensive. I was looking for bright, colorful and happy when I came across this duvet cover: mission accomplished! The colors are vibrant and cheery, and I found no signs of stains or flaws on the fabric. I didn't know what to expect with 'microfiber' (I prefer cotton) and I really like it." —Kathleen M.

Get it from Amazon for $24+ (available three sizes).

20. A set of copper mugs to make pre-gaming super fancy.

Pre-gaming a fun game night with soda, that is! 👮

Promising review: "These cups are great. The copper keeps the drinks very cold. Highly recommended. PLUS they are copper, not lined with nickel." —Stan K.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.

21. A sloth or mermaid mood light for when you're ~hanging~ out and don't want to be ~floundering~ around in the dark.,

Get the sloth for $21 and the mermaid for $16 from Asos.

22. A mermaid sequin pillow that changes colors when you pet it. You can even draw little shapes into it.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors).

23. A cactus humidifier to keep things livable when the heat is blasting.

Promising review: "This little guy works great. I bought it to keep it on my computer desk at work. During winter my office gets very hot and this humidifier helps me to keep my work area filled with moisture." —Angie

Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

24. A mint shower caddy because if you have to walk to the communal shower, you might as well accessorize well.

Promising review: "This has been a great tote for use in a communal bathroom in my daughter's dorm. It holds everything you need. I made one necessary tweak though. Not all dorm shower stalls have hooks where you need them and putting this tote on the gross shower floor was not going to happen. So to any germaphobes out there: I took a plastic hanger with a metal swivel hook and cut off the two ends to leave just the hook and some plastic beneath it. Then I drilled holes to attach the hanger hook to one of the tote's handles with two zip ties. It was super easy, and my daughter says it works great. She can even hang it from a hook in her room to dangle over a waste basket, so it won't drip/drain onto her dorm room's floor." —Lara D.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

25. A pack of gold wall stickers to make your living situation feel way more luxe than it really is.

Get a pack of 21 decals from Walmart for $9.21.

26. An acrylic jewelry box that will make do when you don't have your full vanity from home.

Promising review: "My daughter loved this! She is in the dorms so not a lot of space for storing multiple makeup items and she was really excited to have this to help save space. Sturdy material and packaged well!" —mammajamma77

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five styles).

27. A fancy piggy bank because it wouldn't feel like home without some form of a swear jar.

Get it from Asos for $29.

28. String lights that double as photo clips so you can shine some light on your pictures from home.

Get a 7.5 foot long string from Urban Outfitters for $20 or something similar from Amazon for $16.49 or Overstock for $11.59.

29. A citrusy throw pillow with a zippered pocket for your secret belongings. Orange you glad you know about this?

Promising review: "This is SO SO SO SO cute!!! Love it SO SO SO SO much! It is a very soft cushion, and looks like a real orange. The design is creative and amazing. I put it on my office chair, and my teammates love it too!" —Lee

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

30. LED candles because real candles are against the rules but you still want the ambience.

They're made with real wax!

Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter who is eight and has been begging me for a candle. I did not want to get her a real candle as an 8-year-old should not be playing with fire (obviously). So I thought these would work great! She LOVES them!!! She put them up in her bedroom on her nightstand and plays with the colors all the time." —Jen G.

Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.85.

31. And a pennant flag to remind you that yes, college is more than just partying.

Get it from Oxford Pennant for $25.

You'll never want to leave your dorm again.


Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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