Dorm rooms have come a long way from the days of hand-me-down linens and band posters. Traditional design elements are now implemented in college dorms like never before. Think: headboards, gallery walls, slipcovers and light fixtures. What's more, these impeccably designed dorm rooms are full of ingenious small space hacks that will work in any tiny apartment. We've also found a few innovative dorm design services along the way if you're designing your own dorm room this fall.
She also amps up your average futon with sheepskin pillows and fabulous wall art. To conceal closet clutter, she hangs drapery panels—a genius small space hack. For those living in close quarters, hanging drapes will ensure that your doors won't constantly bang against other furniture.
We love the mix of patterns in this small space! This dorm room strikes a perfect balance -- pillows and wall fixtures pump up the color palette, while a white and black windowpane duvet keeps the space grounded.
With the help of Dorm Decor, you can easily design and shop for your dorm room online. The design team specializes in bedding, furniture (like their trademark bed cubby) and clever storage hacks for even the tiniest of rooms.
A gallery wall and chic open shelving kick this dorm room design, created by Jillian Harris, up a notch. Instead of shoving textbooks or school supplies in the shelves, this student chose to style them with trinkets and small books.
This eclectic SCAD dorm room designed by Rene Quickle is doing so many things right. A perfect mix of prints, pom-pom garland, and a gallery wall add serious personality to this space. And of course, a bedside table that doubles as a vanity is one of our favorite small space hacks.
Charcoal grey, cloud white, and blush pink come together to create a seriously glam space. Another dorm room necessity? Two matching stools so you don't have to approach those high-lofted beds with a running start.
In this bright and clean space, it's all in the details. We love the small gallery wall hung in the corner and wreath hung from the window. And that gray ikat settee? We're sure that beats the average industrial-style futon that was in your freshman dorm.
These beds are just begging us to curl up and take a snooze. An all-ivory room gets a subtle pop of pattern with gray and white printed curtains hanging behind the headboard. Ugly dorm room walls, be gone!