Dark and cozy dorm room ideas

To make a dorm feel less beige and more like home, top off the basics with pieces that show off you. Check out how we added some darkness, drama and order to this dorm room.

IKEA dark and cozy dorm room ideas


Set the tone with textiles. For a dark look, we chose grey, blue and black for soft stuff like quilt covers, a throw, a rug and block-out curtains. For the canopy, we dyed fabric dark blue and black and threw lighting chains on top (LED doesn’t get hot). Boxes under the bed and an open wardrobe nook maximize storage space.

IKEA TJENA Box with compartments


Movable, multipurpose furniture is a big help. A floor lamp gives off the right reading light, and you can move it by your bed or armchair, too. A room divider with castors does roll-anywhere double duty for storage and decoration. Clip on photos or hang on stuff like baskets for toiletries (so you can get ready in your room).

IKEA VEBERÖD Room divider
IKEA NORDRANA Basket, set of 2
IKEA DEKAD Alarm clock

TUPPLUR Blackout roller blind

Your dorm likely has some storage furniture, but you don’t have to see it! We attached roller blinds to this shelving unit. They create calm and hide your stuff. For storing clothes, papers and snacks, use different boxes and organizers. Group by shelf, activity and frequency of use, so you find what you need fast.

IKEA use on/off storage
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