Dorm | Decorating Small Rooms


Dear friend,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Dorm life once again! Yay!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Most dorm rooms, like mine, are small. However, limited spaces do not necessarily translate to boring spaces. Of course not. It is up to YOU on how you want your room to look like.

I once rented a room smaller than my current one – about half the size. Oh, I tell you. It was very small!!!! (Isang dipa’t isang dangkal lang. ‘Yon na ‘yon!) Haha! It was kind of depressing for me, but later I realized that even small rooms can be nice and homey. โค

The definition of “homey” will vary from one person to another. Some people like dark colors, while others prefer lighter shades. Some people like putting up posters on the wall, while the others prefer keeping the walls blank and clean. For me, I like my room to reflect my personality. To achieve that, I try to go with a minimalist design.

But, before I talk about decorating, let me give you one tip for “move-in day”.

1) Pack your things in boxes and containers that are easy to carry. Regular shaped boxes are easier to fit in car trunks. Fewer containers will be better so that you can unload everything faster. However, try not to make the boxes too heavy so that it is easier to carry. Distribute the heavy items in different containers.

2) Do not forget your cleaning materials.

3) Bring/Buy cold drinks before you start cleaning and unpacking.

Okay… Now, let’s talk about decorating dorm rooms. My style is to make the room look more spacious by keeping the walls white and by using light colors most of the time. I decorated the room, but kept a minimalist style to make it feel sweet and homey.


Walls. I decided to decorate my walls with quotes and photos that can keep me motivated. For now, I got one of my favorite quotes by Hellen Keller: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Soon, I would hang two more frames on the other side of the wall, a family photo and my very favorite quote from Philippians 4:13 – “There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.”

I would not want to damage the wall surfaces, that is why I used 3M hooks for hanging things. Those are temporary adhesives that leaves no marks on the walls when removed. I have tried this many times before and it works! 3M hooks come in different sizes. The labels on the packaging state the maximum weight it can bear.

Bed. I opted for plain white bed sheets and pillow case. For me, it looks cleaner, fresher and very pleasing to the eyes. I added some colors with the brownish/greenish comforter and the old rose bolster case. Some people prefer colorful bedsheets and that’s totally fine. Express your personality in decorating your room and you will have the most comfortable home away from home.

Extra Storage. Under the bed, I placed three plastic boxes for extra storage. The two low boxes got wheels which made it easier to push and pull under the bed.


Cabinet and Shoe Rack. We found this cabinet very dirty and smelly when I moved in. Argh. My mom and dad helped to clean it and they advised to keep it open for a day so that it would not stink. As for a shoe rack, I didn’t need to buy one. I was lucky there’s an open space at the bottom of the cabinet for shoes.

Aircon. Of course, this is optional but I can imagine that it would be very annoying to be so sweaty while studying during a humid night.

Study Table. The study table was provided by my dormitory but they did not provide any chair. I decided not to bring/buy one and to just sit at the foot of my bed while studying. I placed a cork board on the wall for notes and reminders. I also bought a good desk lamp because good lighting is very important when studying.

I like drinking water or Milo when studying. I brought a mug with me, but I dropped it from the table on my first night here.. Haha! Clumsy. The plates and other utensils were kept in one of the plastic containers under my bed.

Laundry Basket. That’s the blue one under the table.

Curtains. I had fun choosing curtains. If you noticed in the photo above, I did not buy a matching pair of curtains. I chose a purple one for the left side and a cream white for the right side. Isn’t that fun? Just like my bed sheet, pillowcase comforter, it does not have to be matching colors to look nice. Complementing colors are more fun!



Door. I am someone who is very forgetful when it comes to keys. Hanging it near the door would definitely be very helpful. (And that’s one of the 3M hooks I was talking about earlier.)


Bathroom. White and clean. Just my style. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used the bigger 3M hook this time because wet towels might be too heavy for the smaller hook.


Bathroom. This kind of shower caddy is nice for organizing those bottles. ๐Ÿ™‚

Things I forgot/need to bring: wall clock, alarm clock, mirror, mug, can opener, trash bin, hangers, crucifix.

BIG THANKS TO MY MOM AND DAD for helping me with carrying my things and cleaning my room while I was at the froshies orientation. When I came back, there was too little things left for me to do. Both of you are awesome!!! Thanks for being loving, caring and very supportive!! I love you both!

That’s all for today. Next time I face my blog, I will write about our orientation held last May 29-30.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy dorm life!!! c”,)k

Kristine G. Veneracion


P.S. Here is a link to my other post which shows photos of my room when it was empty. And, here is a link to my post about things to bring and to prepare for dorm living.

4 thoughts on “Dorm | Decorating Small Rooms

  1. Hi! Would you happen to know if there are still vacant rooms at your dorm? ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, do they allow pets? Thank you so much!

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