What Are Some Dorm Room Decorating Ideas on a Budget?


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Used and refurbished items, things purchased at discount stores and do-it-yourself creations provide unique dorm décor at little cost. Friends, family and other students are great sources for old furniture and other items that can be repurposed to fit in a dorm room.

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A can of paint can tie all the old items and things made from scratch into one cohesive theme. Old furniture, such as tables, can be reconditioned and repainted to look new, and lamp bases, picture frames and storage containers can be painted as well. Old upholstery can be covered with a throw or slipcover, and bed sheets to match are available at discount stores and national retailers, such as Walmart and Target. Old T-shirts can be used to make anything from a curtain to a rug to a throw, and other old clothing items are great for making things like throw pillows or wallpaper. Regular photos can be hung using painted used frames or cheap new ones, and photos can also be blown up to poster size. Small touches make a big impact, so the owner can take the money saved with do-it-yourself projects to buy small plants and herbs, candles and string lights. String and paper are a great way to make and hang decorations from the ceiling, and they can be used in conjunction with string lights.

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