College · Lifestyle

Dorm Sweet Dorm: Decorating on a Budget

Hey friends!

It’s a Monday afternoon and after a much needed nap, I am sitting in my newly decorated living room, binge watching Criminal Minds to get my daily dose of Derek Morgan while scrolling through Pinterest and I realized that the majority of the boujee decor that I pin are easily found at affordable stores or even easily DIY-ed.

So like I promised in my last post, these thoughts have led me to letting you all in a a few secrets on how to decorate your dorm, student apartment or even your home on a tight budget.

The number one tip I can give is to make sure you know what look you’re going for. I can’t tell you how many times over the course of decorating my new apartment that I have changed my mind on what style I wanted.

Make a Pinterest board like mine, (follow me while you’re at it) and pin things that speak to your creative mind.

Once you have a specific theme or style in mind, search Pinterest, Instagram, Google, etc. with keywords that tie into your style. For example, my personal home decor style is very mid-century modern and modern farmhouse, so if I were searching for decor, I would use words such as: rustic, white decor, farmhouse, mid-century, wood, metal, greenery… you get the gist.

Use words like: affordable, diy, cheap, etc. to get the best deal.

After your vision is clear, your Pinterest board is filling up, and you’ve got your budget down to the cent, go shopping!

Places to shop: 

For furniture and larger pieces: 

~Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Marketplace:

Not only is this the best way to get the best bang for your buck because these items are used and most people are just trying to get rid of them, but it’s not as sketchy as Craigslist or Ebay because these items are sold by real people and you can check their Facebook profiles before you buy something. It’s like an online thrift store with anything you could imagine.

Bedding, pillows, blankets, all of the fabrics: 

~Amazon!

Amazon has everything you could ever want, including cheap but well made bedding items. You have to sift through a lot of stuff to find exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s worth it when you can dress your entire bed and couch in throws and comfort without taking a huge chunk out of your budget.

Small decor, trinkets and cute kitchenware: 

~Target, Home Goods, Ross, TJ Maxx and thrift stores:

These stores have some of the cutest non-cookie cutter items that will be unique and individual to you. You can find stuff to match pretty much any style too!

Wall art, wall hangings, all of the wall things: 

~Do. It. Yourself.

Wall art can get extremely expensive and there are very few places that have affordable pieces that are unique and worth spending your money on. A lot of pieces you can easily search “free art printables” on Pinterest or Google and download the image, print it, and find a frame to match, then voila! You have the perfect art pieces that you spent less than a few dollars to make.

~Find inexpensive supplies at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, any Dollar store, Walmart and Amazon.

DIY’s are easiest to follow when you’re watching someone else do it too.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Youtubers that do very affordable and simple DIY room decor. 

Nastaza

Drew Scott

The Sorry Girls

White Piece

Last but not least, Essentials: 

Matching towels, bathroom accessories, storage containers, etc. are not things that you should spend a lot of money on because most likely you won’t be keeping them for years and years, so super inexpensive items are definitely the way to go.

And that’s pretty much all you need to know!

Grab a cart, literally or digitally, and get to shopping! Then afterwards, since you’ll still have plenty of cash, treat yourself to something nice… like Starbucks.. or a puppy.

Much love, 

Sarah 

 

 

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