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So, your child is moving into a college dorm this year? If they’re anything like I was, they already have their comforter set, pillows, posters and picture frames picked out. And you’re looking at it and only seeing dollar signs. I’m bringing you some of my tips to save on college dorm decor.
Saving on College Dorm Decor
Check with your university first
Before you go on a shopping spree, the first thing you need to do is find out from your child’s university what is already provided in the dorm room and any decorating restrictions. Many dorms don’t allow nails in the walls, so you’ll want to stock up the next time you see a sale on command strips. Also, the university may already provide all the furniture your student will need, so you won’t need to worry about those big-ticket items.
“Shop” your own home
Another option before heading to the store is to grab things from around your home for your child’s dorm room. Search the attic, hand over that lamp that you never liked. This is a dorm room, they don’t need to have the nicest, most expensive accessories.
Search Craigslist, thrift stores and yard sales
Give your kids a project to do over these next few weeks before they head off to college. You can find some great, inexpensive pieces and a lot of times all they need is a coat of paint, to be re-covered or even just to be dusted off.
IKEA is your friend
Speaking of IKEA, make sure you take advantage of it! IKEA is cheap, but it definitely won’t last forever. It’s a good decision for some items going into college since your kids are going to wear them out anyway. I wouldn’t go as far as taking a moving truck to IKEA for your freshman’s dorm room, but it’s definitely worth a stop.
Coordinate with roommates
If you have any big purchases to make for the dorm room, make sure your student coordinates with their roommate so they don’t both end up buying the mini fridge and the microwave.
Your student most likely won’t be able to put any holes in the wall. Attaching them with washi tape and putting decorative borders around them make a fun alternative.
Check Back to School sales
I’m always posting deals for school supplies at this time of year. Check all of the Back to School deals going on right now.
Do you have any tips for saving on college dorm decor? Let us know in the comments!