18 Surprisingly Useful Dorm Decorating Hacks
Because you'll be moving in before you know it!
~Borrow~ white holiday lights from your parents and transform them into glowing globe lights with a cheap pack of ping pong balls.
Transform your basic set of plastic drawers by taping your favorite scrapbook paper to the inside.
Illuminate the space over your bed or a drab corner with an "overhead light" made from a cord kit, lantern, and a couple small removable hooks.
If you want to really get decorative and hang window curtains, you can hack a couple of removable adhesive hooks to make it happen.
Or use two sets of tall shelves + a long-enough curtain rod to hang privacy curtains in front of your bed.
Hang a tapestry without any damage to the fabric *or* your walls by attaching removable adhesive strips to the back of clothespins.
Repurpose the rest of the clothespins to pin up all your favorite printed (or Instax camera) photos on a string of fairy lights.
Make your windows a little more private without sacrificing the light by pasting constarch and water over light fabric (like lace) or paper.
You can also use this technique to temporarily "wallpaper" a door or accent wall with your favorite fabric.
Hack a little more bathroom storage space on the cheap: Stick removable adhesive to the backs of magazine files, and hang those to add extra storage to your under-sink area.
If your closet has two doors, hang two cheap, lightweight, full-length mirrors to dress it up a little.
Or if you have sliding doors, take them off and use a simple tension rod to hang a set of curtains to soften the space.
For extra-dreamy vibes, simply drape swaths of tulle across your ceiling.
Transform a blank wall with removable vinyl cutouts that you can always rearrange and even bring to your room *next* year.
Or "hang" paper wallpaper (or posters) using the painters tape method: first a layer of painters tape, then a layer of double-stick.
Upgrade the boring default headboard by simply cutting out cardboard in whatever shape you like and covering it in fabric.
Make a reusable dry erase calendar from a simple poster frame and paint chips, because sometimes it's useful to realize you have a big paper due Monday when you're making your weekend plans.
Glue several three-ring binders together to make a secret stashing spot — it's not super decorative, but it's definitely useful...
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