The right dorm room decor can turn your college living space into one that feels more like home—and these dorm room decorating ideas don’t have to break the bank, either.

By Lauren Phillips and Amanda Lauren
Updated June 12, 2019
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Filling a dorm room with clothes, shoes, books, and pictures is easy—making it look nice is a little bit harder, especially when you’re shopping on a college student’s budget. Luckily, the right dorm room decor—think small accents and additions—can turn any dorm room into a space that feels more like home, with smart storage, to boot.

Here are 11 pretty dorm room essentials that you can order from Amazon and have shipped to your dorm room for less than $50 a piece. (Some even do double-duty as storage.)

Modway Region Upholstered Linen Headboard

Standard issue dorm bed frames have a tendency to be boring, but that doesn’t mean they need to be. Bring a chic touch of home to college with this gray linen headboard. The contemporary look will work with most styles of bedding and dorm room decor. It’s easy to assemble and makes a big style impact without taking up valuable floor space.

To buy: $48;

AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag

Many college dorms have extra-long twin beds, which means bringing your favorite sheets from home is probably a no go. So, you’ve got a great excuse to buy yourself a new set of bedding. This set has everything you need, including a comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet, sham, and pillowcase—and comes in 15 different colors and prints to brighten up a drab dorm room. Even better, it gives you a comfy place to crash.

To buy: $39;

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mDesign Bedside Storage Organizer Caddy Pocket

This low-profile organizer has pockets for books, journals, water bottles, remotes, and more, keeping all that potential clutter neatly tucked away and within reach, so you can use flat surfaces for photos, lamps, or whatever else brings your room to life. Choose from five different colors to introduce a pop of energy into your dorm decor, or pick a quieter hue to keep your sleep space serene.

To buy: $12;

Slipstick Lift Risers

Putting your bed on risers is an easy way to sneak some extra storage underneath. Available in four colors, these three-inch-high risers do it with style. Designed to hold up to 2000 pounds, there’s no need to worry about the bed staying stable.

To buy: $12;

Intelligent Design Azza Poly Chenille Square Floor Pillow

Dorm rooms demand a lot of multi-tasking, both from residents and from furnishings. The best dorm decor serves multiple functions—take these floor pillows, which can serve both as extra cushioning on the bed and as extra seating on the floor. (Just be sure to throw them in the wash frequently.)

To buy: $35;

Isometry Modern Geometric 3’3” x 5’ Area Rug

Cover up stained tile or worn wood floors with a pretty rug that can also serve as the visual center of your dorm room. This modern, multi-colored rug is available in seven different variations, so you can pick a color that suits your decorating style and stick with it for years, even if your color schemes change.

To buy: $39;

WUBODTI Sheer Voile Room Door Window Curtain

Is your dorm room a little too sunny? Or do you need just a bit of extra privacy? These sheer ombre curtains, available in 11 colors, can do both while bringing a finishing touch to your windows and a touch of color to your dorm decor.

To buy: $20;

Simple Shapes Chalkboard Contact Paper and Color Chalk

Chalk up your dorm room style to this nine-foot roll of contact paper. Use it to create art, write a message, or have a large space to work on those long math equations. No matter what you write, just wipe it down and you can start all over again.

To buy: $12;

USB LED Desk Lamp

Available in six colors to suit any dorm decor style, this modern desk lamp is something you can use every day. It will be especially helpful if you need the light on to study but want to be considerate while your roommate sleeps. Even better, it has a USB port so the lamp essentially doubles as a phone charger.

To buy: $17;

Double Sided Letterboard

Leave your roommate a note (“good luck on your finals”) or spell out your favorite motivational quote. This board is available in 5 contrasting colorways and comes with 536 letters, characters, and even emojis. Hang it up to decorate your dorm room walls or place it on the included stand to display your message.

To buy: $20;

Homebi Multi-Bin Storage Shelf

No drawers, no problem! This colorful unit has eleven bins (five small and six large) to hold everything from sweaters to socks, school supplies and more. Not only does it bring color to the room, it takes care of all your storage needs.

To buy: $50;

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