3 ways TikTok #DormDecor will redesign your space on a budget

Extreme makeovers for your dorm room? TikTok says so — and here's how.

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Raise your hand if TikTok is making you embarrassed over how underwhelming your dorm room was creative-wise? A majority of you? Good to know, I'm not alone.

After one-too-many deep dives into TikTok's #DormDecor, I'm in awe over how easy it is to upgrade the best mattress with a few pieces from the Dollar Tree or how simple it is to catch some peace and quiet (and privacy). And, fortunately, if you're wondering how easy it can be: we're here to help. 

We've compiled not only a list of our favorite TikTok #DormDecor videos but how you too can shop their look, too below. 

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1. This updated headboard

Dorm room beds don't have to be unattractive — or at least, TikTok user @EmilyRayna doesn't believe they have to be. With the help of some Dollar Frame picture frames and chalky spray paint, you'll have a brand-new bed without breaking the bank. 

@emilyrayna

Another dorm DIY! #dormroom #dormessentials #dormdecor #diydorm

♬ Opportunity - Quvenzhané Wallis

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Special Moments Narrow-Edge Black Picture Frames, 11x14

Special Moments Narrow-Edge Black Picture Frames, 11x14 in for $18/case, at Dollar Tree

You're going to want to start by investing in picture frames from Dollar Tree. This pack of 18 is 11x18' frames is ideal for any first-time DIY, as there are a few extra in the event you mess up and can cater to larger-sized beds, too. 


E6000 5510310 Craft Adhesive Mini (4 Pack)

E6000 5510310 Craft Adhesive Mini (4 Pack) l Was $4.89, Now $3.27, at Amazon

Formula to meet high-performance projects, this glue offers a window of five minutes to make any minor adjustments before it sets to your designated area and offers longevity when placing picture frames on the below-mentioned foam board. 


School Smart Railroad Boards, 22 x 28 Inches, 6-Ply

School Smart Railroad Boards, 22 x 28 Inches, 6-Ply for $25.47, at Amazon

Once you've disassembled any unwanted parts from the picture frames, go ahead and use the E6000 (glue) and attach the picture frames directly to the foam board. A larger-sized version like this is best, but that's not to say you can't take two smaller choices and glue those together; both ways work and are solely there to act as a base. 


Rust-Oleum 277239 Stops Rust Spray

Rust-Oleum 277239 Stops Rust Spray for $14.28, at Amazon

After deciding on what color spray paint you're looking for, go ahead and spray the picture frames until well coated.

Command Hanging Strips

Command Hanging Strips l Was $11.99, Now $9.06, at Amazon

Lastly, hang the foam board using these command strips and ta-da! A brand-new bed without breaking the bank. 


2. A room divider that provides space and doubles as a canopy

Ever need some space? TikTok user @akiraraee provides the best solution for anyone who wants some "alone time," which also doubles as the chicest canopy bed we've seen in a while. 

@akiraraee

I think it’s kinda cute 🥰 hby? #greenscreen #ColorCustomizer #roomdecor #canopybed #canopy #dormdecor #TodayILearned #fyp

♬ original sound - Makayla

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Kenney Davenport 1/2" Petite Café Decorative Window Curtain Rod

Kenney Davenport 1/2" Petite Café Decorative Window Curtain Rod for $12.95, at Amazon

Start by assembling a curtain rod to the top of your wall or anywhere else that there is room to screw this no-tool curtain rod. For a sliding design, we recommend opting for two of these. 

Mainstays Sliding Darkening Grommet Curtain Panel

Mainstays Sliding Darkening Grommet Curtain Panel for $19.97, at Walmart

After the curtain rod is up-and-running, reach for a pair of darkening blackout curtains like these. Available in a slew of shades, you can pick whatever shade best matches your aesthetic, and depending on the size, go for one or two. Either way, the sliding feature provides enough privacy, and when tied back with bows, creates a chic canopy too.

3. Upgrade your boring wooden desk

Sure, sure, we've all heard "to work with what we have," and TikTok user @DormDecor did just that. Taking the provided wooden desk, this DIY'er added a desk cubby in contrasting wood before adding in a statement rug, accessories, and of course: the best armchair. 

@dorm_decor

How to transform a boring dorm desk with our Desk Cubby!##furnitureflip ##dorm ##dormdecor ##howto ##college ##freshman

♬ Like That (feat. Gucci Mane) - Doja Cat

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Bush Furniture Universal 2 Shelf Bookcase

Bush Furniture Universal 2 Shelf Bookcase starting at $104.34, at Amazon

In truth, I wasn't a big fan of the TikToker's recommendation for an extra-large desk chubby/bookshelf, as I worry about it falling over in the middle of the night or simply being far too large for a dorm room. So, instead, I'd swap out their selection and reach for this more practical piece. With two shelves, it provides ample storage and also comes available in a slew of color choices. 


Antique Brass Retro Table Light by Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Antique Brass Retro Table Light by Drew Barrymore Flower Home l Was $99, Now $79.67, at Walmart

Flowers and plants are great, but when it comes to late-night study sessions, you're going to want a lamp like this brightening up your room and mood. 


Ofelia Dusty Pink Velvet Swivel Dining Chair

Ofelia Dusty Pink Velvet Swivel Dining Chair l Was $399, Now $299, at Crate & Barrel

Pretty and polished, this choice is one of the best armchairs to select for any college-bound student. 


Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.

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