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A do-it-yourself guide to decorating dorm rooms

February 24th, 2014 | Hannah Beers


Now that you’ve been accepted to Evangel and are filling out scholarship forms galore, there’s a new mission on the horizon: your dorm room.

As an incoming freshman, I spent months on do-it-yourself décor websites (dare I say Pinterest) and watching sales. I had an image in my mind, but ran into a few problems: money and space.  Sure, Ikea will send you that email with an image of the most perfect dorm room ever. But let’s be honest — no one’s room looks like that.

First, money. Even DIY stuff can be expensive, so be mindful of the budget that you have and work with it. Sometimes, it’s easier to just buy the item instead of attempting to make it yourself. All those materials add up.  Remember that your dorm room isn’t an apartment. In 4 years, you’ll get to do the real decorating. Keep it simple.

Second, space. You have an approximately 10 foot by 13 foot room to work with, and you’re sharing it with another person. It’s really great for bonding, but not so great for giant circle chairs. Think clean space. Might I suggest a futon? Going to have a television in your room? Use a little shelf with storage space as the stand. The more open space you have, the more room there is to breathe.

Now, there are some things you NEED when decorating a dorm room.

1. Command strips and hooks

These are a lifesaver. Anything you need on the walls demands one of these, so stock up.

2. Christmas lights and/or lamps

Dorm rooms can get kind of dark. So, don’t be afraid to get plenty of extra light.

3. Extension cords…plenty of them

All of those lights/lamps/appliances/coffee machines require a power source.

4. Multiple trash cans

Get one to put by your desk and by the sink as well. Continually running from one side of the room to the other is inconvenient when you’re running late.

Lastly, have fun. College is short. Dorm rooms can change. Who knows? You may rearrange yours every two weeks. That’s ok…a lot of work, but ok.

Don’t stress. Breathe. Enjoy. You’ll be settled in soon enough.


Look at our dorms and meet the resident directors on the Residence Life page. 

Hannah Beers

Hannah Beers is a sophomore Advertising/PR major from Steelville, Missouri, a town she says is "literally smaller than Evangel." As sophomore class president, College Republican president, a member of Excalibur yearbook staff, a photographer and founder of the Insecurely Movement, she's almost too busy to write this blog. But she loves sharing about Evangel, and she's not very good at saying no, so she's sharing the journey here.

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