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26 Cheap And Easy Ways To Have The Best Dorm Room Ever

Cinderblock walls, fluorescent lights, and plastic mattresses be damned.

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2. Line your bookshelves with washi tape.

Washi tape (colored paper tape) is your new best friend when it comes to dorm decorating. Like painter's tape, it removes without residue, meaning it's perfect for temporarily decorating lackluster dorm furniture.

Learn how to line your shelves with it here.

3. Build a simple, temporary headboard.

This super easy headboard is made from stuff you probably have lying around and makes a standard dorm bed look much more luxurious.

Learn how to make it here.

4. Turn a metal wastebasket into a side table.

If you're not allowed to bring in extra furniture, spray paint an inexpensive wastebasket in the color of your choice, flip it upside down, and use as a bedside table.


7. Place some potted plants around your room to add a bit of nature.

Dorm rooms can feel unbearably sterile, so bring in some life with a few plants.

Learn how to make these cute planters here.


17. Transform a boring folding chair and use it as additional seating.

Sometimes you just don't feel like having everyone pile onto your bed. Offer up an extra seat with easily storable folding chairs.

Learn how to make them over here.



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