12 Best Photo Displays for Your College Dorm Room

Perk up those stark white walls with these charming corkboards, photo grids, string light garlands and more.

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July 28, 2022

Now that you've finalized your class schedule and contacted your future roommate, it's time to think about how you'll decorate your new dorm room. One thing that your college packing list probably doesn't mention (but that you'll definitely want to include) is a stack of photos and special keepsakes from home. Here are 12 display ideas that will help dress up those walls and keep all of your favorite people close while you're away at college.

Show off your state pride and your favorite photos from home with this oversized corkboard. You can choose from all 50 states, then mount the board directly onto the wall with double-sided mounting tape. (That's right, no nails required.) If it were up to us, we'd complete the map with ticket stubs and sports team flags.

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Every surface counts in a tiny dorm room. Add a personal touch to your new mini fridge or coffee cart with these magnetic photo sleeves. Every set includes five sleeves, and every sleeve can hold a 3x5-inch image. Best of all? You can switch the images out as the school year progresses.

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When in doubt, perk up those stark white walls with this preppy pinboard. The striped accent is perfect for a collegiate setting and will literally soften your space with its recycled polyester fabric. We can just picture it covered with photos, pennants and other school memorabilia. The board is also available in five colors and comes with 20 pins.

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Bring celestial vibes to your side of the room with this crescent moon-shaped photo banner. The dreamy chain is crafted from iron but comes in a yellow gold finish to warm up your dorm walls. It can hold six Instax Mini photos and will look right at home over your bed.

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If you're particularly proud of your grid, then convert your favorite photos into a custom gallery wall. You can upload your images to Artifact Uprising in batches of 10, 25 or 50, then add a border and select the 4x4-inch size. Once the photos come in, use double-sided tape to arrange the squares in neat rows over your bed or desk.

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Highlight your senior year or summer adventures with this golden photo organizer. The base is crafted from quality steel — so it will last for years to come and laid out in a grid for endless arrangements. You can hang the piece on your wall, prop it against your desk or even secure it to the back of your freestanding wardrobe.

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Turn your favorite memories into trendy art using this beaded wall hanging. The top bar is crafted from solid wood and can be attached to any corner with picture hanging strips. Meanwhile, 19 metal clips decorate the woven strands and invite you to display photos, postcards, handwritten notes, etc.

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Put the finishing touches on your boho-chic bedroom with this macrame photo holder. The delicate piece is woven entirely from cotton twine and features a loop top, so you can easily hang it over your bed or pin it to a bulletin board. It holds three Instax Mini photos.

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Keep your desk or nightstand clutter-free (while still keeping your loved ones close) with this minimalistic photo holder. The sleek wooden block is carved from mountain wood and can support about 12 prints at once. In turn, you can rotate those smiling faces throughout the semester.

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Turn heads in your new dorm room with these fun and feminine photo grids. Each piece is crafted from sturdy metal and features interlocking blooms in your choice of white or gold. You can use the photo grids to showcase candids from football games, your sorority bid and other memorable moments.

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Dial up the ambiance in your dorm room with these two-in-one string lights. Each strand is about 7.5-feet long and includes plastic clips for displaying Instax Minis or other instant photos. The lights will bathe your twin XL bedding in a gentle glow and make your space feel more like a home away from home.

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You can never be too organized in college. Keep important dates, favorite photos and messages for your roommate in one convenient location with this stylish combination board. The multifunctional accent includes a dry erase marker, a regular marker and 10 push pins, and it can be installed with photo hanging strips.

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