How to Decorate a Guy’s Dorm Room: Simple and Easy Ideas for 2020

I’ve always been interested to see how guys approach the realm of dorm decor. In the dorms at my college, most of the walls were covered with flags, movie and magazine posters.

Aside from the color scheme, I find that there isn’t much of a difference between decorating girls or boys dorm rooms. Here are some tips I’ve observed from them along the way. Many of these ideas can be modified in a few different ways to create unisex options that suit any space.

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How to Decorate a Guy’s Dorm Room


Many of the guys I know love to hang flags on their walls. You can obviously find flags from any state or country on Amazon, but I love when the flags are more personal. If they have a favorite team, Fanatics is the best site to look for flags and banners for pro teams as well as for more than 500 colleges.

guys in dorm room

Another popular idea is to gather your son’s t-shirts from camp, school, sports or family trips and send them to Project Repat. They will create a very personal keepsake quilt that can be used on the bed or hung on a wall. A Project Repat quilt is one of the most popular dorm items in the Grown and Flown community and they get rave reviews.

t-shirt quilt

Anyone one of my favorite wall designs is to use a simple beach towel which one of my friends attached to a canvas board with a staple gun. He bought the towel in Cape Cod but this would work with any towel lying around your house. It was super inexpensive and created a piece of wall art that was both personal to him and visually appealing.

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

This popular design from Barstool Sports is the Saturdays are for the Boys logo which is available in a terrycloth towel. Bonus feature: it can be used as a simple wall hanging as well as an emergency go-to for showering when all other towels are dirty.

Saturdays are for the Boys towel

Websites like society 6 and 20×200 also offer awesome art prints for reasonable prices. I once gave a friend a painting of a the World Cup soccer match in Brazil and when he hung it up, it was a little pop of color that brightened up a mostly neutral room.

One of my friends had a bunch of old vinyls that were too scratched to use for music, so he made a design on his wall with them. This is an easy and cheap way to add some color to the walls, but you could also pick only black and white records for a different look.


Most of the guys rooms tend to have solids, plaids, or stripe bedding.  The benefit of a pattern is that dirt and stains are less obvious, and you can image how useful that will be in any dorm room.

Bed, Bath & Beyond is a go-to for many Grown and Flown families and here is where you can check out the dorm bedding online. While you are at it, your teen can sign up for a FREE College Savings Pass to get 20% off their dorm purchases through 9/30.

BBB college savings pass

Target has a wide selection of well-priced dorm bedding in their Room Essentials line.

Target dorm bedding


Another cute option is this blue and white striped comforter, by Lacoste, that you can find on Amazon.

blue and white striped bedding


For a guy’s dorm room, I think that string lights work best when they’re the “rope” style, such as this one, 24 Ft. Plugin Rope Lights. I would suggest lining the entire perimeter of the room, beginning the strip in the highest corner.

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

Some guys have these LED lights that are available in a stick-on strip so they can tape onto the walls and line the room. These are bluetooth enabled to sync with music and come with a remote control device for ease of managing while in bed.

LED lights

Additionally, a neon light can be a nice touch especially if in whimsical designs, like this cute cactus accent lamp. 

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

A classic desk lamp can be found anywhere from Restoration Hardware to Target, and can be modified to suit the style of your room. Metallic lamps that have a built-in charging port for a phone are very useful. This desk lamp also has an organizing base with compartments for supplies. 

target desk lamp


Pottery Barn Teen is my favorite place for college furniture as it’s not too expensive and turns out to be extremely comfortable. You can choose your style depending on what suits your room layout best, such as a corner sofa or a lounge chair.

An oversized chair that folds flat like this Coleman Camp Chair is another good option for extra seating.

folding chair

Other Ideas for Decorating a Guy’s Dorm Room 

This bedside caddy functions as a nightstand for an elevated dorm bed and is roomy and sturdy enough to stash books, glasses, a phone and more.

bedside caddy

Another popular storage idea is this mini-fridge caddy which has pockets on both sides for each roommate. Great place to stash snacks, cups and microwavable dishes.

mini-fridge caddy

One way to remind your son to call home? This cute Call Your Mom pillowcase is a very popular idea.

call your mom

Command Utility Hooks are incredibly useful in dorm rooms and many guys use them to display a hat collection.

command hooks

This Game Of Thrones antique map poster print  is an easy decor item for any GOTs fans.

Game of thrones map

A Self-adhesive key rack hold keys or lanyards with the room cards that are how many students access their dorm buildings and rooms.

key rack

A magnetic paper towel holder is an easy way to keep paper towels at the ready.

paper towel holder

An area rug will make the cold dorm floor feel more like home and this black shag one is a good choice for hiding stains and dirt.

black shag rug

IKEA Frakta bag is the #1 best bag for move in, under bed storage, and move out, too.
Ikea Blue bags

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How to Decorate a College Dorm Room: Adorable and Easy If you are still looking for some innovative ideas, this post was also written by Charlotte Klein.

Sometimes it's hard to find college dorm room ideas for guys. But, boys want their college dorm to look awesome too! Here are easy ways to make a college dorm room for guys look awesome. #dormroom #dormideas #dormforguys #dormideasforguys #collegelife #dormlife

About Charlotte Klein

Charlotte Klein is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Her passions include reading, writing, visual journaling, and lying on the floor with her dogs. Charlotte has previously worked for The Huffington Post and Into The Gloss.

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