Transform your Dorm! (Without Breaking the Bank)

I do not mean to sound like the biggest nerd on the face of planet Earth, but I love back to school time. I know this might not be a sentiment that is universally accepted by everyone but come on! What is not to like? You get to return to some of your best friends, establish more of a routine, your mind is expanding, and of course, shopping.  Ever since I was a small tot, gearing up for another year of elementary school, I loved back to school shopping. As a current junior in college, I cannot say that very much has changed except that now I have the opportunity to shop for more than a fresh set of Crayola crayons and a killer backpack.  I am talking about room decor! As someone who lived at school every year, I had my share of dorms and apartments before finally sharing a house with my friends. When the beginning of each new school year rolled around, I made it my mission to spruce up my bedroom in some way to reflect what I am into and how I am feeling at that time.  However, if you never shopped for these things before, dorm shopping can get pricey to say the absolute least. However, it does not necessarily need to be. Thankfully, with a whole world of online shopping at our fingertips, there is no shortage of places to find cute room decor at a price point that is comfortable for you.  Coming off my third back to college shopping extravaganza, here are my top three spots for the cutest room decor that will not leave your bank account questioning your life decisions.

  1. 1. Society Six

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    I cannot speak for everyone, but I know in my humble opinion, nothing pleases me less than the sight of the bare white cinderblock wall in a college dorm. Now, there is nothing you can do about it being there, however, you can conceal it. The best way I found to do this is by investing in one or two big pieces of wall art that are colorful and cheery enough to distract the eye from the prison wall it is stuck to. However, wall art can be ex-pen-sive.  To get the most bang for your buck, shoppers should visit Society Six, the online site where artists can design and sell their work in the form of posters, tapestries, wallpaper, and more for a reasonable price. With posters starting at around $14 and sales almost always going, the website is geared to make art available for everyone. 

  2. 2. Etsy

    One of the best parts about living in your own space, even if it is just one side of a room, is decorating it so that it is a total reflection of the person that lives there.  If you are in the market for quirky, unique pieces for your room, Etsy is your best friend for sure. Now, prices can get quite lofty, but if you shop smart and keep your eyes out for reasonable sellers, you will not need to spend very much.  In my experience, I managed to score some exciting finds such as mirrors, mugs, stationery, and more just by taking my time, exploring my options, and even purchasing things from the vintage side of the website. 

  3. 3. Ikea

    If you’re anything like myself, you’ll have known Ikea was a thing for forever. However, it wasn’t until coming to college that I realized just how inexpensive everything was. I was shocked.

    If you are anything like myself, you know Ikea was a thing for forever. However, it was not until coming to college that I realized just how inexpensive everything was. I was shocked. This year, when moving into a house off-campus with a bedroom to furnish, I began sweating bullets when I assumed I would be in debt up to my eyeballs from buying items like a bed frame, mattress, dresser, desk, and everything else previously provided in the dorms. However, after receiving a text from my mom with a link to Ikea, I realized things would not be so bad after all. I could get all the things I needed and pay for it with my salary as a part-time employee and full-time student.  Plus, they have super cute things! Affordable shopping does not mean you need to settle for unattractive furniture, at least not when shopping at Ikea.But after receiving a text from my mom with a link to Ikea, I realized things wouldn’t be so bad after all. I could actually get all of the things that I needed and be able to pay for it with my salary as a part-time employee and full time student. 

    Plus, they have super cute things. Shopping affordably doesn’t mean that you have to settle for unattractive furniture, at least not when shopping at Ikea.