36 Dorm Room "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.              

Before and After | Dorm Room Decor Ideas

(If you're exploring these dorm room decor ideas on a desktop computer, the before images are on the left, and the after snapshots are on the right!)

Dorm room decor ideas: Before

Dorm room decor ideas: After



Cute dorm rooms: Before shot

Cute dorm rooms: After shot

Thou Swell


Cute dorm rooms | Before

Cute dorm rooms | After

The Sorry Girls 






The DIY Playbook


Daily Mail






Dorm room decor ideas - Before

Dorm room decor ideas - After

Apartment Therapy


Dormify via Cosmopolitan




Apartment Therapy


Dormify via Cosmopolitan


The Sorry Girls






Dormify via Cosmopolitan


Dormify via Insider




The Sorry Girls






At Home with Nikki/YouTube




@katiewalker99 via Seventeen




Ann Lê Style


Before: Cute dorm rooms

After: Cute dorm rooms

Dormify via Insider


Before: Dorm room decor ideas

After: Dorm room decor ideas

Lola Magazine






My Home Ideas

Before and After | Dorm Room Ideas for Guys

Well-designed dorms aren't just for girls - boys want stylish rooms too! Check out these examples of dorm room ideas for guys.

Before pic

After pic

Kara Paslay Designs


HGTV before

HGTV after

HGTV Handmade/YouTube 


Daily Danny 




Whether you're sending someone off to college, you're headed to the dorms yourself, or you're reminiscing about your formative years, hopefully these dorm room decor ideas inspired you!



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