Decorate Your Dorm Room For Less

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Spring is on its way, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking now would be a great time to spruce up your place. Looking at the same surroundings all the time gets boring, and it certainly doesn’t help to improve your mood or motivation. Most college students don’t have a lot of extra spending cash, so I’d like to offer some suggestions for where to shop for your dorm’s seasonal update.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores, like the Salvation Army or Goodwil,l are fabulous places to find bargains. You might be able to find a great piece of furniture or even a fun, new comforter for your bed. Don’t worry, items like clothing and bedding are washed before being sold, but you can always throw it in the laundry yourself as well. Keep your eyes peeled for vintage items you could use to accessorize, like jewelry or even record albums.

Garage Sales

This is the time of year when people start having yard sales or garage sales. No matter what you call them, if you live in a college town, it’s likely you’ll find them advertised in the local paper’s classifieds section. There are all kinds of treasures to be found at rummage sales. I once found a pretty set of dishes for my college apartment at a yard sale.

Fabric Shops

Check out the bargain bins at your local fabric store. You’re likely to find ideas for enhancing your existing dorm or apartment’s curtains or other ways to add creative flair to your space. Fabric can be used as a bed canopy, a room divider, or window valance. Maybe you can find some tassles or sequins to add sparkle to your decor.

Dollar Stores

My personal favorite is the dollar store. You’ll find cheap holiday decor here and other accents like rugs and candles (if open flames are permitted in your residence). Look for fun storage ideas like crates or baskets at the dollar store as well. You’re likely to find more than you expect.

Big Box Stores

Check out the big box stores in your city or town, like Walmart or Target, if all else fails. I prefer to look for super cheap bargains, but sometimes you can get a really good deal at the box stores.  I recommend heading straight for the clearance aisle. Ask an associate if you need help.

Sprucing up your space can be fun and economical. You may just have to be creative, and you’ll probably notice a big difference in your mood once you’ve added a change or two to your surroundings. For more cheap college decorating ideas, check out this article from Rental Decorating Digest.


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