Looking for college apartment decor ideas? Check out this modern off-campus bedroom design that you’ll want to copy!
The typical college student starts their journey living in a dorm room. That way they can make new friends and be immersed in the full college experience.
After a year or two, many decide to move off-campus. They may want freedom from college rules, more space, or to save money.
With this move comes the joy of designing your new space!
You may be feeling overwhelmed with where to start but I’m here to help guide you through the process. The trick is to make a plan and then take action.
Check out this modern bedroom design that includes everything you need to complete your new space.
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College Apartment Decor Inspiration
The first place to start when designing a space is with inspiration. You can find ideas on Pinterest and Instagram. Start off by saving all the ideas you like and then narrow the images down to your THREE favorites.
If you don’t narrow the ideas down it will be hard to stay focused on the look and feel you are after. Check out my Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration too!
Below are the images that inspired the featured college bedroom design. The overall color scheme was charcoal, gray, black, and white. Texture and pattern were added for interest and dimension.
There are touches of gold and pink that were pulled from the retro artwork over the bed. My daughter wanted a pop of color added to the neutral bedroom design and she picked her cool art off Etsy.
College Apartment Decor Pinterest Inspiration
Below is a side-by-side visual of the previous HPU dorm room concept and the new apartment. The blue from the original design was changed to the black and white color scheme.
College Apartment Design Inspiration
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The room at Hawaii Pacific University was completed during the Big C and 95% of the items were ordered from Amazon. It took about a week to arrive on the island which is not too bad.
After you pull your inspiration images and concept board the next step is to create a floor plan. You can do this by using graph paper or an online floor plan program.
You will need to take detailed measurements so you can determine what will fit in your room. Having a floor plan to scale will help you make sure your furniture fits so you can avoid returns.
Below is the final floor plan of the featured college bedroom off-campus. More will be added like the sofa, coffee table, and floor mirror but the sleeping area is complete.
After your floor plan is complete you can go on to the design part of the room planning.
College Apartment Before Images
This is where it gets fun and your creative juices can flow. Below are all the resources and details of the apartment bedroom design.
As you can see we tweaked the design to work better with the space and measurements. We were also limited to what could be purchased at Target and Walmart. Furniture delivery to Hawaii is harder to get on Amazon.
Shop The Look
1. Abstract Wall Art // 2. Black Out Curtains // 3. Black Curtain Rod // 4. Mixed Material Nightstand // 5. Black Pillow Covers // 6. Boho Decorative Pillow Set // 7. Comforter & Sham Set // 8. Bed Blanket // 9. Tropical Beach Art // 10. Pigs in the Pool Art // 11. Live Edge Side Table // 12. Faux Sheepskin Area Rug // 13. Wicker Swivel Chair // 14. Cube Organizer Shelf // 15. Fabric Cube Storage Bin // 16. Himalayan Salt Lamp // 17. Sun Light Sculpture // 18. Pink Planter Pot // 19. Foldable Storage Ottoman
Bedding Decor For College Apartment
The memory foam mattress was ordered from Amazon AND a cooling gel mattress topper. Since we knew the new mattress was not super comfy we added an extra layer of comfort.
In the ocean dorm room design, we tried a white duvet from Target. It was pretty but not practical. That said for the apartment bedroom design a grey comforter set was purchased instead.
The extra-deep sheets from Target are the way to go since the mattress and topper are wider than average. If you don’t want sheets that pop off the mattress while you sleep go for the deep pocket set.
The original plan was to use wood crates for the bed frame which would have given the room a cool urban vibe. The problem was they were not so easy to come by and it was going to be a process to finish them.
Long story short we ordered the black metal bed frame from Walmart shown above and I’m SO grateful for the change!!
Not only was it cheap but it was super easy to put together as well.
Pillows & Rug Ideas
Since we had all the pillow fills from the previous design we just had to replace the covers with the black and white color scheme. When buying your pillow fills be sure to go 2″ bigger than the cover.
The grey fur body pillow was the only one we kept as is because it worked well with the new design.
My daughter had the grey blanket at the foot of the bed but I linked an alternate option as well.
The fur rug is perfect for the side of the bed when you do not want to add a larger rug underneath.
1. Abstract Wall Art
9. Tropical Beach Art
10. Pigs Beach Art
For the artwork, we decided to keep it simple and not go crazy. Instead of hunting for art that worked with the design we simply purchased the above prints from Etsy. I sent them to OfficeMax and had them printed at 16×20 in the matte finish.
We bought four 16×20″ black poster frames from Target. The two black and white prints we added as-is. The original Pigs in the Pool art is sold out but the color Pigs Beach art would look awesome too!
For the retro abstract swirls, I made a 1″ white border by cutting a 20×30″ sheet of illustration board down to size. The art came out great and the print was ready the same day!
The art was hung using command strips which is new for me but I’ve heard great things about them. Hoping they hold up and nothing falls off the walls.
Since the apartment bedroom is ALL white we used black-out curtain panels and black rods for contrast. We used the rods that were existing in the room. I added a link to ones you can purchase if you have to install your own.
The sunlight sculpture was from the dorm room design which we hung in the corner by the chair.
To create a sitting area we used the super cute wicker swivel chair. We were also looking at the hanging chair styles but this is just so much more practical. At the end of the day, who was bolting the hanging chair to the ceiling?! Me?!!
The live edge side table is the perfect accent piece next to the black wicker chair. I am nervous the pink plant will get knocked over but we’ll see how it goes.
We also added cute coasters to all the tables so the wood is protected from sweaty drinks.
The original plan was to get a chest of drawers but shipping furniture to Hawaii from Amazon was an issue. Instead, we bought two-night tables and a storage unit with cubbies from Target.
All the furniture had to be put together but it was very easy since we had a starter tool kit. At the bottom of the furniture, we added felt pads to protect the floor and make it easier to move the pieces into place.
14. Cube Organizer Shelf
15. Fabric Cube Storage Bin
If the wicker baskets were available we would have used those but they were sold out so we went with the grey. It actually has more of a modern vibe so I’m happy we went with those instead.
My daughter has t-shirts and sports bras stored in the bins. Overall she would up with plenty of storage. They also have a large walk-in closet they will share.
College Apartment Closet Storage
For the closet organization, we purchased bins and more hangers from Target. My daughter had some things and then we added a few others.
See below for all things closet organization.
We added the 3 drawers wide tower for jeans and sweatshirts. The bins are on the top shelf and hold items that are not needed that often.
The storage nightstand was from the dorm room bedroom minus the bottom drawer that went MIA in the move. Good thing for all the added storage!
The below resources are what we had and incorporated into the new apartment space.
Accessories and pillows will add personality and mood to your apartment bedroom design. Since we are all about good energy the salt lamp was a must to cleanse the air.
It does leak a bit so we also purchased a black dish from the Magnolia Home collection.
The ottoman storage cubes are great to help you stay organized. You can store anything from shoes to books or extra blankets.
You can never have too much storage especially when you are away from home. We added the storage ottomans at the foot of the bed for interest and extra seating.
The grey fur body pillow from the original design is behind the new pillow covers for texture.
These are all the various size pillow inserts we had from the dorm room design. They were all used in the new college apartment with new covers. Whenever you are buying inserts always remember to size up 2″.
If your pillows are 20×20 you should purchase 22×22 pillow inserts. This way they will fill the entire pillow cover and look plush.
College Apartment Entry Way
Key Hook Rack
We added a doormat at the front door to help keep the floor as clean as possible. There is also a shoe rack to hold sneakers and sandals.
On the wall, my daughter installed the command hood key rack for keys and masks. She used the level we bought and did an awesome job!
That’s a wrap for this college apartment decor bedroom design. I hope this gave you ideas and inspiration for your off-campus housing college design!
Come back to see the apartment bathroom design that will follow in the next day or so. Here is a sneak peek of the finished space.
Super cute right?!?!
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Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Nicole DelaCruz