Cool Locker Decorating Ideas

Michele Meleen
Girls in front of lockers with LockerLookz decor
Lockers with LockerLookz decor

When it comes to school, the routine and uniform environment can really stifle your personality. Add some pizazz to your atmosphere by decorating your locker to show off who you truly are.

Great Ideas for Decorating Your Locker

According to ABC News, locker decorations are the top trend in back-to-school shopping. This means you aren't likely to be the only one with a decked out locker. Get creative and personal to make your locker decorations stand apart from the rest.

Get Organized

Lockers can seem really small when you think of all the things you need to fit inside. Make the most of your space by using organizational tools so that your locker is pretty and functional.

  • Bulletin board: Choose one with magnets on the back and hang it on the inside of your locker door. This is a great place to tack up those reminder notes from teachers or permission slips.
  • Dry-Erase board: A whiteboard should hang on your locker door as an easy place to write yourself notes. It also is a fun way for friends to leave you messages.
  • Magnetic bins: Add some of these small storage containers to the side walls or inside door of your locker. Fill them up with spare pens, hair accessories, makeup, or even your car keys.
  • Locker shelf: This is a must in terms of maximizing space. Look for an adjustable shelf so you can customize it to fit your locker. You'll be able to store books on top and underneath, making them all easier to grab on those quick breaks between classes.
  • Magnetic hooks: Add a few of these to the walls or inside door for an easy place to hang keys, picture frames, or decorative key chains.

DIY Alert! Grab some patterned ribbon, about six to twelve inches in length, and tie it around the hook in the top of your locker. Clip on barrettes and other hair accessories for easy-to-grab style.

Have Some Fun

Using magnetic clips in locker decorationMagnetic clips keep a locker organized.

If you are someone whose locker often becomes a gathering spot before or after school, this one's for you. When planning out your locker decorations, consider adding some games and activities to keep your friends entertained.

  • Magnetic board games: Look for these in the travel games section since travel games are often made with magnets to help keep you from losing the small pieces. Attach the game to a wall in your locker and play throughout the day at breaks or during free times.
  • Magnetic chip clips: Hang a few of these on the inside door of your locker for an easy spot for friends to clip notes.
  • Magnet letters or words: Change the decor in your locker along with your mood, using these little words you can say something different anytime you want.

DIY Alert! Cut out letters and words from magazines and secure to magnet tape for a funky twist on those standard magnet words.

Purely Personality

Locker decor ideas from diyhomedecorguide.com
Use picture frames for decoration.

Since this is your locker and there is only one you, be sure to let your personality take center stage.

  • Wallpaper: Yes, this does exist! Check out a site like LuvUrLocker.com for a huge selection of magnetic and adjustable wallpapers. Choose a pattern that really represents you in every way.
  • Picture Frames: Whether you buy magnetic frames, use personally selected magnets, or hang frames from hooks, don't forget to include a few of your favorite people and things in you locker decor.
  • Famous Faces: It may seem a little expected, but don't be afraid to include pictures of your favorite celebrities, quotes from your favorite books, or beloved song lyrics into your locker decorations.

DIY Alert! Use your dry erase board or a chalkboard to write new affirmations or quotes every day.

Trend Tracker

Locker disco ball from Luv Ur Locker
Locker disco ball from Luv Ur Locker

If you want the latest and greatest in locker style, follow some of the current trends when choosing decorations.

  • Chandelier: Add some light and serious bling to your locker with a magnetic chandelier that actually lights up.
  • Disco ball: For a funkier twist than the chandelier, opt for a disco ball that hangs from the ceiling of your locker.
  • Locker rug: You don't want the floor of your locker to be left out or stand out as the only metal part still showing. Locker rugs come in a variety of colors and textures so you can match them to the rest of your decorations.

DIY Alert! Get creative with washi tape! Take a plain plastic container and cover it with washi tape. Put snacks, small essentials like erasers, or anything else you can think of in the container.

Decorating Don'ts

Before you go all out decorating your locker, make sure you are aware of your school's policies on locker decorations. Some schools allow you to decorate the outside and inside while others might only allow the inside. A few common rules include:

  • Don't use permanent adhesives like glue, tape or stickers.
  • Keep it PG (no offensive language or images)
  • Decorations shouldn't interfere with locker function (need to be able to close it)

Let Your Locker Speak For You

All lockers look the same until you inject yours with a serious dose of personality. Take all your likes and interests and throw them into locker decorations this school year.

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Cool Locker Decorating Ideas