20 Totally Removable Dorm Room Decor Ideas

You want to give your dorm room personality, but you can't damage the walls. Sound familiar? We've got you covered with these fun, easy and completely removable dorm room DIYs.

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

Photo By: Jennie Andrews Photography

No Nails Allowed? No Worries

Deck out your dorm room with stylish decor ideas that won't break the rules, like this wall of painted hexagon-shaped cork pieces, attached to the wall with removable adhesive strips.

1: A Pinboard That Doubles as Wall Art

To make this wall, purchase hexagon-shaped corkboard, or cut heavy-weight cork sheets into hexagon shapes. Paint in the colors of your choice (we used navy blue, hot pink, coral and gold) and hang on the wall using removable adhesive strips. Tack on favorite photos and magazine clippings with oversized pushpins.

2: Wall-Mounted Jewelry Storage

The hexagonal corkboard wall doubles as wall-mounted storage for favorite necklaces and bracelets.

3: Washi Tape Refrigerator Makeover

Mini refrigerators are useful, but they aren't all that attractive. Personalize your dorm room refrigerator using strips of washi tape. We created an abstract stripe design with metallic gold tape. 

4: Chalkboard Refrigerator Update

Turn your dorm freezer into a reusable spot for notes and grocery lists by adding a sheet of removable chalkboard adhesive. Have a favorite hashtag to describe your #dormlife? Spell it out using gold alphabet stickers.

5: Removable DIY Curtains

Window treatments can be pricey, and hanging curtain rods doesn't adhere to the "no nails" policy in most dorm rooms. The solution? A dowel rod and a scarf.

5: Removable DIY Curtains

Hang a dowel rod with removable adhesive hooks and drape on a long, gauzy scarf.

5: Removable DIY Curtains

Tie the curtain back with a length of leather cord or ribbon. Attach to another removable adhesive hook to secure.

6: Hang a Poster With Decorative Tape

No budget for frames? Use washi tape that complements your poster or print to adhere it to the wall.

7: Chalkboard Wardrobe Dress-Up

Dorm room wardrobes offer a large, blank space that's dying to be dressed up. Here, we took advantage of this blank space just inside the door to create a chalkboard memo board with a side for each roommate's to-do list.

7: Chalkboard Wardrobe Dress-Up

To recreate this look, add two removable adhesive chalkboard panels to the door, then accent with a geometric washi tape pattern.

8: Clothing That Doubles as Decor

Fashion is art, so why not put it on display? Show off your favorite clothing pieces and accessories (or just tomorrow's outfit) on over-the-door hooks.

9: A Yoga Mat That Does Double-Duty

This embellished yoga mat is pretty enough to leave out as a dorm room accent when it's not in use for morning stretches. Recreate the look by creating stripes using medium-width painter's tape, then coloring in the exposed space with a gold paint marker. Seal with waterproof sealer and let dry completely before using.

10: A Totally Removable Gallery Wall

A gallery wall with no nails? Yes, it's possible! We used removable adhesive photo strips rated for 5 to 15 pound items to ensure the artwork would stay put. Be sure to allow the strips to cure according to package directions before hanging artwork.

11: Instagram Corkboard Map

Make your dorm room into a home away from home by incorporating items from where you grew up. Here, we used spray adhesive to attach a meaningful map to a piece of corkboard. Then, pin photos of favorite memories to the place where they happened.

12: Office-Inspired Frame

Photo frames can be pricey, but cute bulletin boards are a frequent dollar bin find. Hang one from your wall to display a favorite photo or quote. To change it out, simply clip on some new inspiration!

13: Find Art in Inexpensive Places

Adding a mat gives even the most inexpensive object a high-end look. We framed a fun, dollar-bin binder divider, but the options are limitless: Try wrapping paper, an old T-shirt, fabric scraps and more.

14: Be a Tourist

Use metal clips to secure postcards from your favorite destinations, whether it's your hometown or a faraway place you'd love to visit.

15: Say Hello in Washi Tape

Make your dorm door stand out with a ceiling-to-floor greeting to your fellow dorm dwellers. To recreate this look, use scraps of painter's tape to divide your door into five equal sections, then outline each letter. Go back and add geometric details, if desired.

16: Add Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper comes in small pieces and a wide variety of trend-forward patterns, so it's a great choice when you're looking to dress up boring dorm room surfaces. Be sure to select a brand that doesn't leave residue when removed.

16: Add Removable Wallpaper

Here, a gold-and-white peony pattern dresses up a plain desk surface. To apply the wallpaper, peel off the backing a little at a time, adhering to surface and smoothing out bubbles in small sections a little at a time. If bubbles are left after application is complete, move the air pocket towards the edge using a credit card.

17: Mix and Match Patterns

Mix and match patterns to create a layered look. Here, we paired a large, organic floral pattern with a smaller, structured geometric X pattern.

18: Dress Up Your Dresser Drawers

Don't limit wallpaper to horizontal surfaces! We took it vertical by cutting wallpaper pieces to size and adding to each dorm dresser drawer.

19: Make Shade With Style

For a dorm room with a large number of windows, create privacy and preserve wall space by hanging a favorite print in the window using removable adhesive strips.

20: Suspend a Hanging Planter

Every room needs a little plant life, but dorm rooms don't have much horizontal surface to spare. Instead, suspend your planter with a DIY rope or macrame hanger. We hung this planter from an exposed water pipe, but it would look just as fabulous hanging atop a bed or desk.

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