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How to make your dorm feel homey?

Dorm life can be challenging. You’re living in a small space, and it can feel like you’re never really alone. But there are ways to make your dorm feel like home and the main one – is you just need to decorate it. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to do just that!

Cozy bedding and bedcover

One of the first places where to start decorating your room is your bed. You can bring from home your favorite bedsheets (it will also help you feel homier and less homesick) or buy new ones for the new era of your life.

Besides bedsheets, you definitely need a bedcover and decorative pillows. It is better to choose a bedcover in a neutral color and then add a pop of color with pillows and bed throws. Use as many decorative pillows as you like! We say – the more the better!

You can create pillows yourself, buy new, buy second-hand or bring them from home. Or mix and match all the options.

Stick and peel wallpaper

Stick and peel wallpaper is the best friend of renters and dorm residents. If you are not yet familiar with it, you will fall in love with it immediately. It is a wallpaper that is kind of like a big sticker you put on a wall but it looks and feels like ordinary wallpaper.

And the most amazing part – when it is time to leave, you can just peel it off and it will not leave glue residue on the wall. And that’s it!

Another great thing about it is that there are indefinite options for prints. And if you cannot find one that you really, really like – you can create your own custom peel and stick wallpaper!

With peel and stick wallpaper, you can create a statement wall or cover all the walls of the room depending on your style. You can even stick it up on the ceiling if you fancy. Just make sure you match all your decor to a theme – the bedcover, pillows, wallpaper, decors, etc.

Wallpaper has always been the best way how to make a room feel homier. The paper-fabric texture softens the cold walls and gives a warm feeling that we all enjoy so much.

If you are left with scraps of peel and stick wallpaper after adding it to the wall, you can use it to line the shelves or drawers. It will add an extra decor element to unusual places as well as make it feel homier and fun to use.

Wall decors and wall art

If you don’t want to use wallpaper, there are other ways how to make your dorm room feel homier. One of them is wall decals. Wall decals are like big stickers that you stick on the wall and they come in all sorts of designs, shapes, colors, and sizes.

For example, it can be a written saying decorated with birds and flowers or a world map.

Another way is wall art. You can either buy wall art or make it yourself. Wall art is a great way to express your personality and style.

It can be anything from paintings to posters, photos, prints, and more. You can also hang hats on the wall and make it look aesthetically pleasing or add different elements to the wall like records, figurines, or wall hangings.

You can also custom print canvas or a poster. It is a great way how to bring a little piece of home with you – print a picture of your favorite spot in your hometown or anything else that associates with home. The canvas or poster can be any size from really small ones to big ones, so you can definitely find something that will fit your taste and your dorm room.

You can even create a gallery wall of prints from home – make some of them canvas, some posters, and some photographs. And make them in different sizes as well! There can be pictures of your family, and friends, or just nature shots of places you like at home.

To keep them on the wall use mounting putty, no hole hooks, or even double-sided tape. Before using any of these solutions, just make sure they don’t damage the dorm wall by trying them out on a small, imperceptible spot.

Storage solutions

If you have a small dorm room, storage solutions are a must. There are so many things you need to store in your room – clothes, shoes, books, cosmetics, jewelry, and more. And if you don’t have enough storage space, your room will look cluttered and messy. And messy places never fell homey.

So what are the storage solutions for a small room?

The first thing that you need to explore is under the bed storage. It is a great way to save space and have all your things in one place. Make sure you put under the bed things you use less often and make them easily accessible.

Another thing you need to try is boxes and baskets as storage solutions as well as decor elements. You can store a lot of things in those and they will still look cute and homey.

Also, definitely explore using things for more than one purpose.

For example, the bedside table can also have storage under it or a cutting board can also serve as a computer pallet. And another great thing to try is different organizers for the kitchen area, study area, and free-time zone.

Elements from home

The last but not least way how to make your dorm room feel homier is by adding elements from home.

It can be anything that reminds you of home and makes you feel good. It can be a photo frame with photos of your family or friends, a pillow from your bed at home, or anything else that has sentimental value to you.


These are just some ideas on how to make your dorm room feel homier. Try out different things and see what works best for you. And don’t forget that the most important thing is to make it feel like home – a place where you can relax, study, and have fun.

So make it your own and enjoy!