This $10 Purchase Totally Upgraded My Dorm Desk
As a junior in college who’s lived in small dorm rooms for the past three years, I’ve spent a lot of time hunched over my dorm desk. Whether I’m doing homework, getting ready, or eating a meal, it’s all going down there. This is a fact of life when you live in a small space where the only other seating option is a bed, but I found a way to make my would-be mundane reality a lot more enjoyable — and way cuter.
Unsurprisingly, the standard-issued furniture that’s come with each of my dorm rooms has not fit my personal aesthetic at all. (Does boring brown wood with no interesting features fit anyone’s aesthetic? LMK.) But I quickly decided to change this my freshman year.
For $10, I purchased a roll of 17.71-by-78-inch wallpaper, which covers about 9.6 square feet total — more than enough to top a dorm desk. The paper was easy to apply to my desk; you just peel off the adhesive liner and stick it to your desired surface, laying it down slowly to ensure it goes on straight, and smoothing it out as you go to prevent air bubbles.
Once it was on, I was so excited by how it totally elevated the look of my desk. Instead of a boring dorm desk, I now had a stylish vanity and workspace where I actually wanted to spend all my time. The marble pattern made the surface seem way more expensive than it was, and the glossy finish gave it an extra-clean look. At the end of the year, I was able to easily remove the contact paper, revealing my undamaged wooden desk underneath. (As an RA whose job it is to inspect rooms for damage, this was a big deal to me!)
I’ve now used this contact paper in every one of my dorm rooms since freshman year. I’m so glad I found such a budget-friendly, easy-to-use option to help me create a special place in each of my dorm rooms that truly feels like “mine.”