Make Your Dorm Room Bed Pinterest Perfect

Heading to campus on a bed-in-a-bag budget? We've got you covered. Pull together your favorite patterns, prints and textures to create the ultimate sleep and lounge space that represents you.

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August 20, 2015

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

Make Your Twin XL Look Super Luxe

You don't have to buy out the entire bedding department to make your dorm room bed feel nice and cozy. A few plush pillows, a soft, knit throw and a colorful duvet will create a custom bed your roomie will envy. First, we suggest putting your bed against the wall to create a daybed look that's ideal for both lounging during the day and catching zzz's at night. Get even more dorm room bedding tips from Marianne Canada >>

Choose a Colorful Duvet That's Chic and on Budget

The average dorm room is 228 square feet, meaning your bed is going to be front and center (#iwokeuplikethis). Choose bedding that is stylish and personality driven. If you like to switch up your decor often, choose a colorful duvet with inexpensive down inserts. Then, when you want to swap things out, it's less of an investment.

Use a Plain Duvet Comforter Insert

Goose down? Duck feather AND down? Microfiber? Polyester? What?! There are lots of options you can choose when it comes to buying duvet fillings. Duvet fillings fall into two major categories: natural or synthetic. From there, decide what works best for your comfort and budget.

Mix Patterns Like a Pro

Add dimension to a small space by mixing patterns within the same palette. Take the small polka-dot pattern on the sheets, the medium stripes on the throw and the large cat pattern on the duvet to create the perfect balance. As a rule of thumb, vary the pattern scale from small to large, and start out with a minimum of three.

Toss in Some Throw Pillows

It's ok to go a little throw-pillow crazy. Choose a mix of comfy bed pillows (that you actually sleep on) and pretty throw pillows that you can use as floor pillows, too. Keep our pattern-mixing rules in mind when choosing pillows, and let texture play a role in your picks. (We particularly adore the shag pillow.)

Add Prints That Speak to Your Favorite Things

Do you love cats, unicorns, geometrics or Japanese food? Let the world know (or your friends, at least) with a statement-making throw pillow.

Personalize a Plain Pillowcase

Give a basic pillowcase a DIY makeover using fabric markers and alphabet stencils. Create a parent-friendly version ("Study All Day") and weekend, roommate version ("Dance All Night").

Add a Colorful (and Functional!) Backdrop

Finish off your brand-new bed with a colorful backdrop. Here, Marianne created an art installation that doubles as an Instagram pinboard and jewelry storage. Learn how to make this cheap, easy DIY dorm room wall art >>

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