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Decorating a Dorm Room for $200 or Less

Dorm room decorating ideas are a hot topic this summer! High-style dorm room ideas for $200 or less.

Dorm room decorating for $200 or less sounds difficult, right? It’s possible and below are 4 curated collections that are budget friendly and have LOTS of style!

Not decorating a dorm room? Well guess what you may just like some of these affordable home decor finds for any room in your home! Cover photo courtesy of Dormify.com.

pink and gray dorm room
Source: Futuris Architecture
storage cart and small desk with photographs
Source: Futuris Architecture

Dorm Room Decorating

Decorating a dorm room can be a challenge because you are living with the furniture the university provides and it’s usually very BASIC and OLD. My son’s college dorm room furniture looks very similar to what was in my dorm room a LONG time ago. 

For fun, pictures of my sophomore year dorm room at Clemson (along with my large 80’s hair and T-Shirt shoulder pads) are at the end of this post 🙂

How to add style to your dorm room on a budget:

  • Choose bedding that is a base to build from for your overall design 
  • Hang tapestries, photography collages, or Command picture shelves
  • Cover the floor with colorful area rugs
  • Layer lots of pillows and throws for texture
  • Add colorful decals to walls or bookcases
  • Incorporate fun lamps that add ambience 
  • Place unique storage stools not only for storage, but extra seating
  • Use cube bookcases and carts for displaying collectibles and for extra storage

When you are on a budget, using storage items as part of your dorm decor is the best option! Form and function is the name of the game in styling your room.

Make SURE to BUY COMMAND ADHESIVE.  You will need a ton of it, when you begin decorating.

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Dorm Room Styles $200 or Less

Now it is time to inspire your dorm room style! Or maybe your mom is reading this and will find something for herself 🙂  As a single mom, I am always looking for stylish affordable decorating options regardless of the room and hope it helps you too.

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Soft & Glamorous Style

Love luxury, gold, cream and blush pink? This room is for you. Add layers of soft touches and texture like faux fur and a knit pouf to add extra personality! The gold dot decals are an easy way to customize your walls with a touch of glamour.


Gold Decals | Faux Fur Chair | Blush Pillows | Rose Gold Lamp | Blush Quilt | Knit Pouf | Faux Fur Rug

Cool & Worldly Style 

Pink and faux fur not your thing? How about a more sleek, cool, and collected approach? Want to save or travel the world? This style is for you! Lots of storage and clean lines plus a fun world tapestry to hang on the wall.


World Tapestry | Graphic Rug | Blue Cart | Industrial Lamp | Striped Bedding | Gray Storage Ottoman

Homey & Comfortable Style

Want to make your friends welcome and show them your hometown love? Prominently display photographs from home. Then bring in elements of nature to give your dorm room that comfortable “come sit awhile” vibe!

Use the butterfly decals to combat ugly fluorescent lighting and plain walls. 


Picture Hanger | Butterfly Decals | Flower Bedding | Chenille Blanket | Wood Storage Stool | Butterfly Lamp | Pink Rug

Neat & Comfortable

Is being organized and neat your number one priority? You can have storage and style using cubes, storage ottomans, and even a fun shoe hanger! Lots of color to keep you awake and inspired to study those long hours 😉


Blue Tapestry | Storage Bookcase | Pink Cube | Colorful Rug | Green Lamp | Shoe Organizer | Blue Storage Bench

College Packing 101

Now that you’ve found your style let’s think about what is really important, which is all of the other items you will need for your dorm!

CLICK HERE for a College Packing Guide with downloadable packing list! Here are a few essentials to get you started.

Do You Have the Interior Design Bug?

Do you now see how fun and affordable styling a dorm room can be? Even if you didn’t find your perfect style here, hopefully I’ve inspired you to create your own ideas using some of the products shown. 

For fun, I thought I’d share what my dorm room looked like at Clemson when I was 19 years old!


It was the first room that I decorated on my own outside of my parents home. The style pulled together from trips to Wal-Mart, while on a small budget.

What I can’t believe is I hung curtains (with my Mom’s help) AND covered both the air vent and my desk top in flower contact paper! It seems this decorating bug started a LONG time ago 🙂

Good luck to you in finding budget friendly home decor that expresses your own personal style!

Until next time…

Porch Daydreamer


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