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College Dorm Room Shopping Part 4: Decorations


Orange Dorm RoomAs the fourth and final part in CF’s College Dorm Room Shopping series, the focus is on dorm room decorations. This, of course, is the most fun part of shopping for your room at college, and your opportunity to show off your personality.

As far as dorm room accessories go, so long as you are allowed to bring it (check with your school if you aren’t sure), practically anything goes!

One of the rules I mentioned in my post on dorm room bedding applies to decorations too – you have the whole rest of your life to go with “practical” furnishings. College is your time to go all out, where it’s socially acceptable to have a completely crazy room if that’s what you want. Have fun with it!

Check out some of my picks for cute dorm room decorations on a budget.

Magnetic Memo Board
Magnetic Memo Board – $14.88
Vogue Wall Art - August 1957
Vogue Wall Art – $49.99
Marilyn Monroe Giant Poster
Marilyn Monroe Giant Poster – $16.99
French Memo Horizontal Board
French Memo Board – $14.99

I hope you enjoyed the mini-series on dorm room decorating. Check back soon for more on this subject and other college fashion topics. If you have any questions or feedback, leave them in the comments or email me! (My info is in the About Me section.) Have fun and good luck with your college shopping!

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Check out the rest of the posts in the College Dorm Room Shopping series to get everything you need for a fabulous dorm:

Posted on on August 5, 2007 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: ,

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21 Responses to “College Dorm Room Shopping Part 4: Decorations”

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    August 5th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    haha i love how much i think like you! I have a big audrey print & vogue poster as well as a zebra french memo board (& warhol marilyn monroe print). I think your dorm miniseries has been great advice! The only think i need help with is figuring out how the heck im going to bring all the clothes i want to (or what is even necessary?)


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    August 6th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    It depends on the general weather conditions wherever your college is at. For example, if you’re going to the Bay Area, you may want to bring a little bit of everything to wear (think layers), whereas going to a school in SoCal/LA may warrant more warm-weather outfits. Research your college’s atmosphere as well; I go to UC Berkeley (go bears!) and it’s really chill here, people always wear jeans and t-shirts.

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    August 7th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Lauren – Great minds think alike :) About bringing all the clothes you want to – I have the same problem. I always end up bringing EVERYTHING and taking stuff home later! And then coming back and getting that stuff I took home because I always want to wear it when it’s not around, ha ha. The problem with being a college fashion addict is that clothing storage sucks!

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    August 9th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    i’m going to be at a florida school so I won’t be needing many cold weather clothing for a while (although i still want to bring it up with me!). I think im just going to utilize every bit of space I have.. I have a dresser & doorway sized closet and they’re going to be stuffed to the brim. I also have a little shoe rack (which is going to be really hard to narrow down). ah im so excited. Thanks for the advice!


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    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:58 am

    This is a really old post, but from time to time I like to browse through the older posts on here to refresh my memory on certain tips.

    Decorations, fun stuff.
    I get ALOT of magazines–TEEN VOGUE, SEVENTEEN, VOGUE, ETC.
    So I recently sat down and cut out pages upon pages of amazing ads to hang on my wall. I also made a collage of random cutouts of celebrities and trends on a huge poster board. It took some time, but what better way to recycle your magazines huh?

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    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Stephanie – I love that idea! I know a few girls who decorated their entire wall with fashion photos from Vogue that they ripped out. It looked amazing! If you have the time and energy to do it, it’s an awesome way to use those old magazines.

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    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Nice information, I found a really great site on the topic at

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    February 6th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    i highly suggest getting a loft bed for your college rooms! they make such a difference and give you lots more space to work with. I had a loft bed with a futon under it which gave us additional seating so I didn’t have to sit on my bed with guest. My roomate also had a loft bed but under hers we put our tv, microwave, and other things so we had more space to store our items. I got my loft bed from Hope this helps

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    May 13th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas and others from other comments! Fantastic and can’t wait to start again in the fall!

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    July 23rd, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hi!!! I’ve been following this blog for around the past last year. But I was wondering if you might give me some ideas for how to choose a theme for my new dorm? I’m going to college this fall for the first time so I’m really excited XD But I cant seem to pin down a theme to use for this fall :[[ Please helpp.

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    April 28th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    The tips are amazing! but how do we put things on the walls if nails, tacks, and tape are all prohibited?

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    July 7th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the amazing tips! I love the French Memo Board. has a fantastic collection of dorm room accessories and decor items for the wall.

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    March 6th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Has any one thought about the under the bed storage boxes? My daughter also has a closet full of the plastic storage boxes. Keeps all her things nice and neat plus saves space.

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    January 2nd, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I live in a dorm now, and I’ve surely managed to decorate my room with a lot of beautiful colors :D No need to be practical just yet

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    January 16th, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Decorating a dorm room is easier if you and your roommate is on the same wavelength, which isn’t in my case. I can dream of hanging the Vogue poster. Well, maybe on my side of the room.

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