10 Best Tapestries for College Dorm Rooms

Life away at college means embarking on a new path that you create for yourself, finding yourself, and finding your “tribe.” It also means selecting college dorm decor that reflects the amazing person you are becoming.  

It’s time to leave your teen bedroom decorations at home and design a living space just for you and your friends. Finding the right dorm room wall tapestry is a big part of doing it right!

An empty dorm room is like a blank slate, a canvas onto which you can express your inner artist. But let’s face it: most apartments and dormitory rooms look more like a prison cell than a home away from home.

A bland space isn’t inspiring, productive, or cozy. Chances are your walls are white or gray and not much to look at. Hey, that’s good news—you won’t need to worry about matching your wall hangings, because anything goes with white!

Yes, we said wall hangings … Anything from pareos (sarongs) to Turkish towels, beach blankets to tablecloths make decent wall hangings for girls or guys. Frankly, this is the easiest way to decorate a new apartment or communal living area.

Movie posters and concert photos aren’t original. If you’re looking for ideas to make a real impact on the ambiance of your new home, tapestries are the way to go. They allow you to add art and color to a room. They also have a few other benefits you may not have considered …

Don’t want to spend money on paint and other supplies? There are cool tapestries to transform any room. This will save you the headache of having to redecorate. Be sure to check and see if your college has rules about hanging tapestries first. There are ways to hang a tapestry in a dorm room without damaging the walls, so make sure you don’t end up paying out of pocket for damages!

Got noisy people living in the apartment or dorm next door? By hanging tapestries on thin walls, you reduce noise transference between rooms. This means you’ll be able to study with fewer interruptions and sleep in a little later.

Dorm room too small? When hung strategically, you can use a wall tapestry to create the illusion of added space. When hanging a wall tapestry, think about how you can use it to manipulate your space. For example, hanging it along the ceiling will add the appearance of vertical space. To add horizontal space, hang the tapestry across from the area you want to look longer.

One way to use a tapestry is to hang from the ceiling so that it creates a shelter over bunk beds. Let the fabric dip a bit in the middle for a “wave” feel.

Your wall tapestry will likely be a piece you look at every day. It should be the standout piece in the room. If you hang it in your bedroom, it will be one of the first things you see when you wake up and one of the last things you see before you fall asleep. Choose wisely!

A “statement” tapestry makes a dreary wall come to life, expresses something about your personality to everyone who enters. Your wall hangings can be fun, spiritual, political or inspiring. They can set the mood, whether it’s a nature scene or something from the animal kingdom.

College students use their rooms for studying and relaxing. Look for something that will inspire you when you are studying and calm you when you are decompressing. Mandela, bohemian, and hippie tapestries are great for adding positive energy to a space, for example.

From boho to abstract art, there are countless styles of wall tapestries available. Here are 10 ideas to help you find your perfect piece.

Dorm Tapestries For Guys

1. Fallen Stars

Transform your dorm into a futuristic and inspiring space with this starry sky tapestry. A scene like this makes a fantastic addition to any room, and the hanging itself has that signature silky feel. It’s lightweight, durable and resistant to mildew and fading. Thanks to its 3x thick 100% polyester print, it's suitable for indoor and outdoor use, plus it’s easy to move, hang, wash and iron.

2. New Frontier

Transfer yourself on new undiscovered planets with this sci-fi tapestry. Escape from your everyday college life with this otherworldly tapestry. 

3. Underwater

Water is proven to have a calming effect on the body. The eerie silence when we dive into the deep oceans can be liberating and soothing. This Underwater tapestry has everything you need to imagine yourself and teleport into the underwater world with your thoughts and mind. 

Dorm Room Ideas For Girls

4. Tropical Jungle Tapestry

Calming and futuristic - this Tropical Jungle tapestry is both! Being in college doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to nature. The calming dark green with splashes of purple will give your dorm room vibrance and relaxing vibes.

5. Black Lotus Tapestry

Kick your feet up and chill with a mesmerizing wall hanging that brings a relaxing vibe to even the most chaotic dorm room. This hanging beauty is a gentle reminder of renewal and enlightenment, purity and rebirth. The lotus flower can thrive even in the most difficult environment— a powerful inspiration for students and the incredible stress they can face.

6. Vibrant Elephant

The power and majesty of the elephant are brought to life with the Vibrant Elephant Tapestry. It features a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns to add a bright focal point.

Other Dorm Decor Ideas

7. The Great Wave off Kanagawa Artwork

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a famous Japanese artwork that depicts the view of Mount Fuji. The beautiful wall hanging awash in a sea of blues is truly a stunning visual that creates a sense of calm. This artistic tapestry is a perfect blend of color and detail that will serve as a timeless accessory.

8. Treehouse by Egal

When college life gets too hectic, you can immerse yourself in a different world with the Treehouse Tapestry, a dreamy wall hanging takes you to another place with its stunning setting awash in green. Bring an element of wonder into a room by adding this unique piece.

9. Meditation Artwork

Expand the energy of your space and mind with the inspiring Meditation Tapestry. Vibrant colors beautify any apartment, communal area or bedroom and remind you of peace and harmony. Whether you’re a yoga aficionado or just want to create an environment where your focus and contemplation can thrive, this meditation tapestry will do the trick.

10. Aurora Borealis Wall Art

The Northern Lights are a magical sight that leaves humans speechless. This tapestry brings majestic beauty to your humble study space. Inspired by the cosmos, this stunning wall hanging adds a dream-like quality to a room with shining stars and shades of purple, mint green and blue lighting up the night sky. The black fir forest is mysteriously silhouetted against the glowing sky, making a fabulous contrast. Printed on 3x thick 100% polyester, the soft fabric is extra robust and durable and can resist dust, stains and mildew remarkably well.

Ready To Get Started?

If you're off to college and find yourself in a standard prison-like environment, you know there's a need to decorate. Hanging a tapestry gives you an easy, yet sophisticated solution to covering walls in your dorm. You want a cozy place that perfectly describes who you are. You want to be comfortable in the space where you sleep, chill, study, and socialize.

Are you ready for life on campus? Want a dorm room decor idea that has maximum impact without breaking the bank? A Tapestry Galaxy piece may be the perfect answer. They’re inexpensive, easy to hang and make the perfect dorm room decorations for girls and for guys.