When your dorm room feels like a dull and boring cinder block, expressing your personality can be tough. All of these new friends and no way to show them your killer style? Quelle tragique. Especially when your budget is basically zero. Enter: Ikea, the haven for all things cheap and beautiful. Transform these inexpensive buys into something special that screams you with these eight easy-to-DIY Ikea hacks.
1. Faux Fur Stool
Your cookie-cutter dorm room could definitely use some glitz. Add a little glamour with Ikea's Marius stool ( $4.99 ). It starts out as an ugly hunk of black plastic, but add some spray paint and an ultra-fluffy faux fur cushion to create this funky seat. Find the instructions over at the Dainty Dress Diaries.
2. Mini Pinboards
Make the best use of your limited wall space with these cute miniature cork pinboards from Sophie over at The Things She Makes. Press double-sided mounting tape on Ikea's Heat trivets ( $3.99 for a set of 3 ) and cut out shapes to decorate the front. Animal-shaped pins can (instructions here) make a funky home for your keys.