19 Easy Hacks To Decorate Your Student Room

Make your university room Instagram-worthy and a more comfortable home without blowing your student budget.

Tired of how your room looks? Want to make a generic student room to look and feel more like a home? Learn how to decorate your student room with our top tips:

1. Add strings of fairy lights

A student room with fairy lights

A string of fairy lights is essential for any student looking to create a snug bedroom worthy of Pinterest. These can be draped around a room and are also perfect for holding up photographs from home with pegs.

2. Customise your bookshelf

A bookshelf made out of a stepladder

Anything can be transformed to hold your belongings if you get creative. Even a small stepladder can become a cute storage feature with a bit of love and attention. If your bookshelf has a plain back panel, you can personalise it by adding photos into the empty spaces behind your books. That way, you’ll have all of your friends there (in spirit, at least) to support you through your next essay deadline.

3. Don’t forget your drawer space

A drawer that looks messy and a well-organised drawer

Simple measures can transform your storage space to make it look organised and attractive. Take these dividers, for example, which can quickly jazz up an underwear or sock drawer in seconds.

4. Poke holes in lamp shades

A lamp shade with holes in it to create geometric patterns

Everything can be personalised – even plain lampshades! If you poke holes in them, you can project any pattern you want around your room. A word of warning – only do this to lamps you own, or you could face losing your deposit.

5. Create your own deadline board

A whiteboard with a schedule and deadlines on it

It’s no secret students have a lot to remember, what with all the essay deadlines, exam dates and lunches with friends. You could cover every inch of your room with post-it notes, but a much better (and tidier) solution is creating your own deadline board. You can easily buy one or even make one yourself.

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6. Make your own removable wallpaper

A wall with removable wallpaper

This one sounds scary, but hear us out. It turns out you can make temporary wallpaper using nothing more than sheets of fabric and liquid starch. All you have to do is choose your favourite material (the wackier the colour, the better) and then use a sponge roller to stick it up using the starch – you can find the full instructions here. When you’re ready to move out, you can just peel it right off.

7. Failing that, add a tapestry 

A student dorm room with a tapestry on the wall

Add a splash of colour to walls like in the image above. This dreamy, blue tapestry has been attached to the wall using double sided tape – an easy decorating solution if you are not allowed to make holes in the walls.

8. Hang accessories on a cork board

Necklaces hung on a cork board

There’s no reason why storage options can’t be attractive too. Take this jewellery board for example, which is a simple way of keeping track of necklaces and making use of space in a room. These can be attached on the inside of wardrobe doors if you wish to keep a minimalistic look for your bedroom.

9. Make your own headboard

A bed with a brown wooden headboard

If your bed is looking a little dull, you can design your own headboard to add a touch of personality. All you need to do is head to the nearest hardware shop to pick up a decent-sized plank of wood to decorate with lights, fabric or anything you fancy.

10. Spice things up with cushions

Harry Potter themed cushions on a bed

Slogan cushions or those with a colourful or quirky design can bring a bed area to life. You can find tons of great options online.

11. Paint your own rug

A dorm room with a rug on the floor

An easy way to get a unique, personalised rug is to paint one. There are lots of cheap rugs out there in thrift stores and other secondhand shops for you to use, but you’ll get the best results if you use one with a low pile. To find out how to do it, check out this tutorial.

12. Use Washi Tape for… everything!

Piles of washi tape

Washi Tape is a magical Japanese masking tape that is completely removable and reusable (so don’t worry about your deposit!) Use it for making photo frames, crafting (more) removable wallpaper, or some jazzy wall art.

13. Personalise your hangers

A row of colourful hangers

If you have an open wardrobe with a visible hanging rail, things can look messy really easily if you use a load of mismatched hangers. Instead, try buying a set of cheap hangers and then customising them so they match your room. You can add sequins, cover them with fabric or spray paint them gold for a luxurious touch.

14. Add some greenery

Flowers in a vase on a bedside table

There’s not much to this trick, we’ll admit, but adding a few plants here and there is an easy way to bring life to a room. They also come with a surprising array of health benefits, like making the air cleaner and helping you study better (seriously!). Aloe vera, jade plants and rubber trees are all really easy to care for, so if you’re not an experienced plant grower, those might be some good ones to start with.

15. Organise messy wires

A closeup image of a phone and a phone charger

You’ve got your phone, your tablet and your laptop… all of these things need to be regularly charged. With so many wires it’s easy for your favourite electronics to pile up and begin to look unsightly. But we’ve got a fix for this, too: make your own charging station! You’ll be surprised how quickly things look tidier without all the wires.

16. Make your desk a creative hub

Colourful paper lanterns above a desk

You will probably be spending at least some of your year working away at your desk, so why not make it a place you actually want to sit at. Spruce up the area with colourful lanterns, photos or plants. If you wish to attach items to the wall, try UHU’s white tack, which is great as it doesn’t leave stains.

17. Use your furniture to break up the space

A student studio with furniture placed to divide the place in two

If you’re living in a studio apartment, it can be hard to know what to do with the open space. But there’s an easy fix! You can use your furniture to create different ‘zones’. Put a bookcase along the side of your bed and you can create a bedroom area. Set up your desk along the side of the living room to separate it from where you sleep. There are lots of ways to do it, and it can be quite fun thinking of them.

18. Switch your handles

A pile of drawer knobs

If you’re bored of the fittings that came with your room, there’s a really easy way to change things up a bit. Unscrew the old handles on furniture like your chest of drawers, and screw in different ones that you’ve chosen yourself. There are loads of options out there, and you can easily put the old ones back at the end of your tenancy so you won’t get in trouble!

19. Use removable mounts

Posters and frames hung on a wall with removable mounts

If you want to hang something heavy and Washi Tape just won’t cut it, you can invest in some Command Hooks. These removable wall mounts come in a range of sizes, so you can hang up everything from your favourite artwork to your winter coat without leaving a trace behind on the wall when you leave.

So there we go, hopefully some of these ideas will help you make your student room more like a home. If you haven’t found yourself a student room yet, check out our offering! On Student.com we list over a million beds in over 400 cities across the world. So wherever in the world you are going to be studying in, there’s a good chance we list some student accommodation there.