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Sep 4, 2019
Dorm Decor

Heading off to college this year? Now’s the time to start thinking about your dorm decor and how to make the space your own (even when shared). It’s important to fill your new dorm with personal touches to make it feel more like home. Most dorms won’t allow you to put holes in the walls but lucky for you, we’ve come up with some creative hacks to hang your most precious photos. 

Now you can show off your summer adventures, loved ones, and memories to all your roommates and visitors without damaging your walls using tools like:

  • Frames + Command Hooks
  • Cork Boards
  • Clotheslines
  • Wire Displays
  • Your Handy Hot Glue Gun

Good Ol’ Fashioned Frames + Command Hooks 

Don’t let the rules scare you from even trying to hang your photos. The only thing holding you back is that you can’t use a hammer and nail. Command hooks and strips are your fail-safe. They were practically made with college students in mind with it’s easy directions, installation, and durability.  The key is finding light-weight frames, which shouldn’t be a problem since many strips can hold up to 4-5 pounds each. Use several at a time and you’re good to go. Say goodbye to holes, marks, or sticky residue on your walls that could cost you when you move out. 


Cork Boards

This cork board is wall art on it’s own and would look great anywhere in your dorm. Image courtesy of OCM.

A memo board of some sort is a must-have for a dorm room. It’s the perfect way to display your photos, notes, ticket stubs, etc. Not to mention, the adhesive cork tiles make it incredible dorm-friendly. Go for a printed cork board for added design or a world map to mark where you’ve been and where you want to go. If you have an old cork board laying around, add some fabric to make it pop against the bland white walls. Paint them using chalkboard paint to create a multifunctional message center. The options are endless when it comes to turning an average cork board into your own. 

Decorative Tape

Mix and match the prints and colors. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

In this case, strength is not the point but instead it’s all about the design. Use Washi tape on one corner of the photo, all four corners, or line one or more of the sides to help it stick. It’s up to you how you use it but it’s a great option for low commitment and easy use. With this product, you don’t have to worry about leaving traces when it’s removed and you can even write on it! 

Classic Clothesline

Just a few command strips or double sided tape would do the trick to keep this frame hanging all year.

The best part about using a clothesline frame is that you can easily switch out your photos anytime you want. Organize your polaroids, 4x7 pictures, or notes anyway you want. If you opt to hang up mostly smaller images, you can find more clothespins to fit even more pictures than before. 

Wire Display

Create a grid, design or simple a straight line using wire. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Get creative with wire displays and DIY using a frame, some wire and a few clips. Wall grids are an organizational basic and can be customized to suit any space.  If DIY is not your thing, then check out this nifty piece that’s just what your room needs. 

Hot Glue Gun

Your trusty glue gun will not let you (or your pictures) down. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

If you’re not into anything too decorative, then a hot glue gun will be your best friend - especially if your dorm has cinder block walls. Normal tape may not work as well and using command strips could rip your actual photographs when taking them down. Just a few drops in each corner will keep your photos and posters on the wall. When you’re done with them, the glue pulls off easily without any damage. Tip: Make sure you use a low-temperature hot glue gun! 

Make your printed pictures shine in your dorm room with these fun tricks. You may not realize just how important these pictures are to you until you move away from home. These tricks are all budget friendly and will make any cave-like dorm feel like home.

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