With the start of a new school year fast approaching, many of you may have dorm decorating on the mind. Whether you’re excited to meet your roommates or can’t wait until you can deck out your new space, come fall, you’ll be more than ready to take on this new adventure. To help you get there, we’ve rounded up the best dorm room hacks found on Pinterest to inspire your own interpretation of these creative DIYs and buys. Scroll on to check out all 37 of these top dorm room hacks you *need* to try.
2. Washi Tape Wallpaper: You may not be able to paint your dorm room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give it a makeover. Transform those blank walls by making your own temporary wallpaper with washi tape. Choose the design that works for your space and tape away! (via Brit + Co)
3. Washi Tape Door: Greet your floormates with a cheery “HELLO” using washi tape. It’s cheap, fun and removable — basically everything you need to make that first impression. (via Jennie Andrews Photography / HGTV)
4. Bedside on Wheels: Say goodbye to standard bedside tables that provide only one surface to hold all your nighttime knick knacks. Turn that measly number into three with this three-tiered IKEA RÅSKOG cart ($30). (via The Freelancer’s Fashion Blog)
5. Lofted Bed + Desk: When working with a small space, sometimes the only way to go is up. Boost your bed frame to create a chic study space underneath, or even a cozy reading nook! (via Bedroomwise / Pinterest)
6. Cork Bulletin Board: Turn basic cork trivets into colorful contemporary bulletin boards with a generous dose of craft paint. If you have enough, you can even use them to form your first initial or favorite shape. (via This Design Journal)
8. Homemade iPhone Docking Station: A toilet paper roll and two paper cups are all you need to make your own smartphone docking station. Plus, the cups act as speakers, so you and your roommate can always bond over your favorite jams before class. (via Estéfi Machado)
9. Whitmor Bed Skirt Organizer ($14): This bed skirt organizer can be adjusted to fit twin, queen or king beds, which means it’ll last you all throughout college and then some. Its clear vinyl pockets even make tidying up and finding things a cinch.
10. Binder Clips on Desk: Thanks to these binder clips, there won’t be any more fumbling around for fallen wires and chargers. Just clip ‘em onto your desk’s edge and pull your cords through for instant convenience. (via Life Hacking)
11. Clothespins With Tacks: Thankfully this hack saves you from having to poke holes through your favorite photos when displaying them. Glue tacks to clothespins and you can easily hang your photos on a bulletin. For extra pizzazz, coat the clothespins in decorative glitter or paint. (via Just Imagine)
12. Command Adhesive Decorating Clips ( $5, set of 20): You won’t ruin your dorm walls with these adhesive decorating clips. And they’re so handy, you can use them to hang just about everything from your keys to your string lights.
13. Room Essentials Fridge Caddy ($10): This caddy comes with two sides that hang on either side of your fridge. When every bit of storage space counts, this organizer is the one to turn to for holding your utensils and snacks.
14. DIY Chalkboard: Upcycle a thrifted frame into an uber useful DIY chalkboard using chalkboard paint. Thanks to this hack, you’ll be able to remind yourself of important dates or write motivational quotes to keep you inspired. (via The Frugal Homemaker)
15. String Art: If you’ve got the time, go all out with this gorgeous wall art made out of string. With a little patience and tons of string, you’ll have one pretty piece of art your floormates will definitely ooh and ahh over. (via Honey and Fitz)
17. Gold Pencil Holder: Inspired by Anthropologie’s desk organizer, this DIY rendition ain’t too shabby. Made of cylinder containers glued onto a wooden board then spray painted gold, this organizer is surely the one to show off on your desk. (via View from the Fridge)
18. Hanging Organizer: Depending on how much junk you have, hang however many cutlery caddies together using all-purpose clothesline or rope. Give your mini pails a modern paint job and you’re all set on securing a sleek storage system. (via Glamour)
19. PB Teen Hanging Organizers Closet Storage ($39+): Hanging organizers are efficient closet essentials. They really utilize all that vertical space so you won’t wind up with mountains of clothes on your closet floor. (via Teen Vogue)
20. Hidden Jewelry Storage: Even if your dorm doesn’t come with a mirror on a hinge, you can turn literally any wall or door into a jewelry storage space. Thanks to adhesive wall hooks, you won’t have to bother with jewelry boxes, necklace branches, etc. (via The Girl on the Go)
21. Homemade iPhone Photo Projector: Your average digital projector costs a pretty penny, but since you’re living on a college budget, DIY’ing it is the next best thing. Turn your phone into a photo projector using a shoebox, paperclip, magnifying glass and black duct tape — all of which you can find at your local dollar store. (via Photojojo)
24. Upgraded Plastic Drawers: Give a modern flair to boring plastic drawers using patterned paper of your choice. Though these papers were paired with cardboard backs, you can opt for thicker cardstock paper to nix the cardboard support. (via Ohoh Blog)
25. Clipboard Wall Art: Create your very own gallery wall without the expense of a real one. Print out your free downloads and use clipboards to display them. To give them that *chic* touch, paint the hardware of your clipboards a metallic gold. (via Craft-O-Maniac)
26. Marker Caddy: Use an empty shoe box and toilet paper tubes to create this super handy marker caddy. Whether you’re an art student or you just love your writing utensils, this DIY project will surely tidy up your desk space. (via Aunt Peaches)
27. Magazine Holder Organizer: If you’ve got quite the hair tool collection, keep everything sorted and in one place with a magazine holder. Decorate yours or opt for a printed one to brighten up your space. (via Seventeen)
28. Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set ($30): Utilize that under-the-bed space to store all your belongings with this handy lift set. It even comes with power outlets *and* USB outlets for charging convenience.
29. Soda Can Tabs on Hangers: Optimize closet space with this hack that only requires soda can tabs. You’ll have double the space by taking tabs from used cans, looping one hole through the hanger then slipping another hanger in the bottom hole! (via The Shabby Creek Cottage)
30. Hanging Door Storage: Use an over-the-door means of storage to take advantage of every inch of closet space. To make it easier on you in the long run, organize each basket by purpose: first aid, toiletries, snacks, etc. (via Two Inspired Design)
31. Washi Tape Decorative Boxes: Keep clutter at bay and boring storage options away with these bright and colorful boxes decked out in washi tape. Go for your school colors or just snag every neon shade you can find. (via Homedit)
32. Embroidery Hoop Laundry Hamper: Hang your laundry hamper on your door to avoid piles of clothes on the floor. Though this innovative hanging door hamper was made from scratch, you can make it using a pillowcase to save you the trouble of sewing. (via Don’t Disturb This Groove)
33. Under-the-Bed Storage: Sure, you can stuff everything underneath the bed, but for maximum efficiency opt for stackable storage bins. You can even raise your bed with bed lifts if you need that extra storage space. (via Her Campus)
34. String Lights: If you’re not a fan of the harsh lighting in your dorm, consider illuminating your space with the soft glow of string lights. It’s bright enough to see but dim enough to wind down for the night.
35. DIY Bed Skirts: It’s no secret that the space under your bed can get a little messy. Keep the clutter out of sight with a DIY bed skirt you can make from a queen-size flat sheet. Just fold it and secure it with safety pins to the box spring!
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