Decorating for Dimes

By Maniyah Goodwine

You’re in college; a new space that is supposed to be your home away from home. You finally have the room (and freedom) to do as you please. You can transform your dorm or apartment into a space designed especially for you – with full creative license. Here’s a guide to help your transition into your new place without breaking the bank.

Use what you have…


Find unique and eclectic items at garage sales and flea markets.

The first thing you should do when decorating your new space is go through your family’s basement, attic, or garage – wherever they store unused items in your home. You’d be surprised to find things like silverware, blankets, lamps, and maybe even some furnishings collecting dust in your parents’ house.

… or look for gently used items

If you don’t have any items you can make use of at home, there is always the option of finding cheap furniture and home goods at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. While bringing old stuff into a new space may not seem ideal, it is cost efficient. And you don’t need to keep everything “as is” either.


Check out Buzzfeed DIY for easy dorm decorating on a budget.

Do it yourself!

Even if the things you stumble across are dated, there are tons of DIY’s that will help you upcycle any item to fit your needs and work with your decorating style. Websites like Buzzfeed and Apartment Therapy offer cheap and unique ways to modify your place with easy to do crafts made from materials that aren’t hard to find.

So start decorating your dorm or apartment today using these money-saving tips and tricks!