By now many of you are settling into your dorm rooms or will within the next week. This is an exciting time because in many cases, this will be the first time you live away from home. Unfortunately, the standard dorm room isn’t the most inspiring place to study or spend your time in. Also, with a student budget, your decorating budget could be minimal to none. Not to worry! Before you spend money on the trendiest decor, in today’s blog, I will be sharing some of my favourite ways to personalize your dorm room on a budget.
Create a Budget
Before getting started, think about how much you can afford. It could be as simple as creating a list of all the items you want to buy and determining how much you can afford. When I was decorating my room, I created a budget starting with the maximum amount of money that I would want to spend. From there, I determined based on my overall budget what I could and couldn’t afford.
This is one my favourite things to do when I am considering new décor. There are plenty of DIY projects that you can create that reflects your style, while staying on budget. BuzzFeed has a great article that outlines 26 cheap and easy ways to have the best room ever and by searching DIY room décor on Pinterest, there are many projects that can be personalized. One of my recent favourites from is DIY Marquee Letters. I’ve seen these at stores starting at $35 each letter and this DIY will give you a similar look to what is available in stores and help you stay within your budget.
Visit Consignment Stores or Garage Sales
If DIYs aren’t your forte, try visiting local consignment shops or garage sales. You might be surprised what you find. Mr. Kate, is a lifestyle brand that blogs about DIYs, Fashion and much more. I definitely recommend visiting Kate’s “Before and After: Bedroom on a Budget!” post for inspiration.
Ask Friends and Family
Another great resource is your family or friends. Find out if they are renovating or looking to sell some furniture or décor. I’ve received vases from my family and repurposed them for organization and décor by painting them.
Good luck with making your dorm room fit your personal style. Don’t forget to follow @Money_On_Trees on Twitter and let us know how you’re planning to personalize your dorm room.