Easy Ways to Make a Guy’s Dorm Room Look Great in 2019

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. The focus of their rooms was much less upon personalizing the space with photos or artwork and more about creating a communal space with ample seating options.

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. This creates cool “mood lighting” when the sun shines through and can also help to cover up some ugly parts of the wall. You can obviously find flags from any state or country on Amazon, but I love when the flags are more personal.

You could find interesting cloth flags on websites like Etsy or eBay and maybe even find a vintage one from your high school or college, such as this University of Notre Dame Throwback College Flag on Amazon.

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

Dormify also has a collection of posters and tapestries that are unique, including iconic football stadium shots and sports-themed posters.

sneaker poster

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 near one of his favorite beaches 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. You could even try this with a graphic bed sheet or, on a smaller canvas board, an old t-shirt.

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

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.

There are also some great illustrations of movie posters on Etsy that I like even better than the generic movie poster offered by a site like All Posters. I like ordering movie posters off of eBay that have the “silk” texture, because the poster itself feels like cloth and looks great hanging up.

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.

My brother has been collecting concert posters since he was in middle school and eventually got to framing them a few years ago. He used fairly inexpensive frames and varied the texture of the frames, too, so some were wood while others were painted a color. He arranged them in a grid and it looked great. It’s also personal to his taste in music, which I like.


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

Additionally, Neon lighting can be a nice touch like this whimsical : Neon Cactus Desk Lamp

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

You can likely find lots of other options on eBay. Some of my guy friends used wire string lighting to spell out a word, which is another solid option

A classic desk lamp can be found anywhere from Restoration Hardware to Target, and can be modified to suit the style of your room. I like the metallic ones.

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 this lounge chair:  Leather styles offer a chic, rustic look to any communal space, no matter the color scheme.

How to decorate a guy's dorm room

An Oversized Chair that folds flat like this one from the Coleman is another good option for extra seating.

folding chair

Other Ideas for Decorating a Guy’s Dorm Room 

T-Shirt Quilt – gather up your son’s special t-shirts and ship them off to Project Repat where they will make a quilt that can be used on the bed or hung on the wall.

t-shirt quilt

Bed caddy – functions as a nightstand

bedside caddy

CALL YOUR MOM pillow – in case they forget

calla your mom pillow

Command Utility Hooks – for their hat collection

command hooks

Game Of Thrones Antique Maps Poster Print  – for the GOT fan

Game of thrones map

Self-Adhesive Key Rack – so keys don’t get lost in the clutter

key rack

Magnetic Paper Towel Holder – because spills

paper towel holder

Grey Shag Rug – because cold floors

grey area run

IKEA Frakta bag – the #1 best bag for move in, under bed storage, and move out, too.
IKEA frakta bag
Check out all our top picks for dorm shopping, grad gifts, and other gift ideas at the Grown and Flown Amazon store.

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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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