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Roundup: 8 Unbelievable Dorm Room Makeovers

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It's almost time. Back to school, or college as the case may be. You can tell by the scent of #2 pencils in the air and Bed Bath & Beyond ads for dorm room doo-dads. It's no wonder BB & B and Target and such push dorm room decor this time of year. Back in 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that dorm room  decor was a $50 billion a year industry. That breaks down to $907.22 per student. So we decided if you're going to spend just shy of a grand on your dorm room you'll want some inspiration to turn it into a stylish retreat. These 8 dorm room makeovers will get you started on the right track.


 First up is this typical cinder block cell arrangement. Look familiar?

Dormify dorm room makeover before
Photo: Dormify

After some furniture rearrangement and a big helping of style, this is what it looks like now. For more detailed pictures of the makeover, plus shots of what the rest of the room looks like now, visit Dormify.

Dormify dorm room makeover after
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The resident of this Ole Miss dorm forewent the usual colors for black, gold and pink.

Ole Miss dorm before
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Bubblicious. For more detailed pictures of the rest of the room, visit Decor 2 Ur Door. 

Ole Miss dorm after
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There's no "before" for this next makeover, but just look at the "before" of the last pair. (Oh, dorm rooms, how predicable you can be!) After all the doo-dads, it's absolutely lux! (Well, as lux as a cinder block room can be.) For more pictures of this room and a bunch of others, visit After Five Designs.

After Five Designs lux dorm room
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Emily and Vanessa somehow crammed two lofted beds and two study areas in their dorm room...

Emily and Vanessa's dorm room before
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with the help of an ingenious ladder (to get to the beds) that also serves as a bit of a privacy screen. See more pictures of this makeover at Apartment Therapy. 

Emily and Vanessa's dorm room after
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This dorm room is gigantic, comparatively speaking, to the last two. Before, it was just as institutional, however.

maxii style dorm before
Photo:  Houzz

Now it's positively lovely thanks to maxii style. For a slideshow of the makeover, visit Houzz.

maxii style dorm room after
Photo: Houzz

Spotted this b & a on Pinterest with no credit, but whoever made it over gets EXTRA credit. (See what I did there?)

Pinterest dorm room makeover
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If this dorm room at The Fashion Institute of Technology is representative of ALL their dorm rooms, sign me up. It's huge! It has it's own private bathroom and kitchenette. But, alas, it was still very dorm-y.

FIT dorm room before
Photo: Target

After Target, yes Target, got its hands on it and pimped it out with their Essentials line of products, this is what it looks like now. For more details and pictures, click here. 

FIT dorm room after
Photo: Target

For our last dorm room makeover, we return to our friends at Apartment Therapy. This time the student is Laken, and this is what the dorm room looked like on move-in day:

Laken's dorm room before
Photo: Apartment Therapy

After, the room is sophisticated, welcoming retreat. Lovely. For more information and pictures about Laken and the makeover, click here and here.

Laken's dorm after
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Feel free to share this roundup on Pinterest to inspire others headed to a dorm room!

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