25 DIY Projects to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Beautiful and Organized

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Heading off to college? There's so much to do when moving into your dorm room. Not only will you want to put your personality on display, you'll also want (read: need) to make the most of your space, which most likely will be on the small side. No judging – we love small spaces and are all about storage and organizing tricks. (One of these mini fridges is a must!) We've got 25 DIY projects that will help you set up and decorate your new home-away-from-home.

1. Mirror Using Dowels

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A mirror in your room is a must. Plus, all your new friends will love getting ready with you.

2. Shoe (and Bag) Storage

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You can customize this to fit any space.

3. S-Hook Shelf

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For coats, bags, hats, keys ... basically, your life.

4. Acrylic Pour Paint Art

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Because any old poster just won't do. This art will be originally yours, any way you pour it.

5. Painted Plant Pots

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Place a plant in a corner for instant decor that never disappoints. If you haven't quite flexed your green thumb yet, we say go faux.

6. Door Tassel

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Hang this on your door when you want your roommate to know you have company over. We kid — these are just lovely to have as doorknob decor.

7. Paper Tray Organizer

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Why not have a cute way to keep all your papers under control?

8. Drawer Dividers

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Easy to put in, easy to take out at the end of the year.

9. Coffee Table

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If your dorm room is on the bigger side, you might be able to fit this adorable coffee table made from an IKEA floor pad.

10. Graphic Art Prints

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We are really into the idea of original artwork for your dorm room walls. Skill level for making these: beginner.

11. Desk Organizer for Cables

a cable organizer made out of a square of plywood with cables hanging from it and a potted plant inset

Keep cables under control and have a place to put a plant. Double duty.

12. Leather and Wood Wall Hooks

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Obviously wall hooks are a must. The more, the merrier.

13. Air Plant Holder

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Air plants are so easy to care for ... so you can keep your focus on classes. (That is mainly what you're focused on, right?)

14. Alternative Photo Displays

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No frames? No problem. Here are five cute ways to display photos.

15. Raffia Mirror

Image Credit: Francesca Stone

So, yes, we like the idea of having a mirror in your room. Keep this one by your door for last minute check-ups as you head out.

16. Scandi-Style Lamp

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Oh, hi, cute little bedside lamp. Simple, modern, chic.

17. A-Frame Shelf

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This packs major style and function.

18. Framed Pressed Flower

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This is one of Hunker's most popular DIYs. We think it's perfect for perking up a dorm room.

19. Wall-Mounted Organizer

a shelving unit made from a sheet of plywood with a shelf, several thick wooden pegs, and a mirror at eye level

I mean, this is basically the ideal thing to mount inside your room next to your door, don't you think?

20. Wood Bead Wall Hanging

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For when you want to add a cute, boho touch to your decor.

21. Jewelry Cones

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Make a few of these to keep out on your dresser or desk to hold your cute baubles.

22. Floating Shelf

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If you don't have room for a nightstand, place a floating shelf next to your bed.

23. Mudcloth Pillows

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We never tire of the mudcloth look.

24. Basket Shelves

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Why not take a few IKEA baskets and turn them into shelves for holding your succulents?

25. Modern Art (Made from Scrap Paper)

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Another genius idea for creating your own original artwork.


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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