How to Make Your Dorm Feel Like Home

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Is it weird that I still remember walking into my freshman dorm for the first time last fall and noticing how bland and empty it is? Without all of your stuff and decorations, the space definitely looks bland at first, especially when your dorm is your new home at your school.

A lot of freshmen in college struggle with homesickness as they are away from home for the first time and I think that making your dorm feel like home as much as possible helps you adjust to calling your school your second home. Around September or October, my friends who lived on our floor were saying how we would say we were going home when we meant our dorm rooms and how crazy that was as it felt like home very quickly! I wanted to share with y'all how to make your dorm feel a bit more homey so you'll be calling your dorm room home too!

add throw pillows
Buying a bunch of cute throw pillows for your bed (and futon if you have one!) is such a great way to add a personal touch to your space. It makes it look more like someone lives there and makes your space more comfortable and inviting!

add a cozy rug
Most dorm rooms have an oddly colored carpet or cold tile on the floors so adding a cozy rug helps to warm up the space a bit. Whether it's to add a pop of color (my next-door neighbors on my floor had the cutest hot pink rug!) or to be a cozy neutral, it makes your room more inviting and less sterile!

add touches of home
Don't be afraid of not bringing something to college because you're too old for it. I know a lot of girls who brought a favorite stuffed animal or blanket with me and it makes your room more homey. Decorating in a similar style to your house at home or adding something that reminds you of home can make your dorm be cozier.

personalize your space
Adding personal touches is the best way to make your dorm look less sterile and more homey! Whether it's a wooden monogram on your wall, a gallery wall that shows off your personality, or fun items on your shelf, this is a great way to show off your personality and jazz up the space!

add pictures of your favorite people and places
I printed a lot of pictures of my family, friends, and some of my favorite places to hang up in my room. I hung up a bunch by my bed, which was always comforting to know that even though I may not physically close to my family and friends from home, they were always supporting me!

add colorful curtains
I think curtains are one of those items that makes your room look like a "real" room rather than a dorm room! This isn't something you don't have to spend a ton of money either- I wound up finding curtains that used to be in my younger sister's room and happened to fit the color scheme of my dorm!

make your bed be as comfy as possible
A comfy mattress topper is a must-have for college! If you're only going to splurge on one thing for your dorm, definitely splurge on a good mattress topper as it is so worth it to get good sleep!  My bed was always so cozy and it was so nice to crawl into it after a busy day of classes! I also added a headboard, which made my bed look more like "real" furniture and less like something 500 other girls have in their dorms.

How did you make your dorm feel like more of a home? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Omg it is so crazy how I am about to be a senior in college and when decorating my apartment, I totally did some of the exact same things to make it feel like home! I live far away from home so this was super important to me! Love this!

    With love, Theresa Ann

  2. I used to love decorating my dorm each year- I kinda miss it haha!! It's fun to see the personal touches that make everyone's rooms "theirs".

    xoxo A

  3. These are really awesome tips. I have a very small place so it feel kinda like a dorm room!My rug really pulls my pace together

  4. Love these tips! A comfy bed + personalized space are musts! I don't miss sharing a tiny room though, haha.

  5. When I was in college I loved having a rug on my floor and photos around. Plus cute bedding to make the place cozy!

  6. I’d do anything to be back in college and in the dorms! My tastes these days are a lot different....I’d be afraid to step into the dorm room of my past!

  7. Such nice ideas! I live in Austria and we don’t have dorms here. When study here, you have to look for an appartment :) I have always wanted to try the dorm life haha

    xx, Theresa

  8. These are all such great tips! It reminds me of my Freshman year and how my dorm room felt so cold compared to my bedroom at home. I wish I had invested in cozy things like throw pillows and fuzzy blankets back then instead of just buying two posters haha.

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  9. Yes yes yes to all of these! I made my dorm most at home by bringing one of my favorite blankets from my house!

    The Classic Brunette

  10. Wish I had this post to refer to when I was in college. Looking back I wish that I would have made my dorm room more home-like! There are so many cool ways that you can spruce up a dorm nowadays!


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