Moving away from home for University or College is an exciting time! It also means its time to think about decorating a new student’s space, whether its a dorm room, college bedroom or a share house. It’s also a time when you need to make the most out what you can afford to buy, time for decorating on a budget! Here are some ideas for creating a functional, beautiful and fun student space on a budget!
Beautiful Bed Linen
Great bed linen can brighten up any space, whether it’s bright patterns, dark colours or classic white it helps personalise a student’s space and makes it their own. Bed linen and bedding is probably what will take up the biggest chunk of the budget. For a student who is living at university or college for a few years, it is worth buying the best quality linen and bedding you can afford.
A student’s space can be easily decorated and personalised with artwork. There are some great affordable ways to brighten up the walls in a student’s space. There are so many great places to get affordable prints, especially online. These prints can be framed and hung to give a student’s space interest and colour. An even more affordable way to bring colour into a student’s space is by pinning favourite pictures from magazines onto the walls, along with quotes, photos and other trinkets.
The desk will be one of the most used spaces in a student’s space. Not only does it need to be organised, but also provide a bit of inspiration during those long hours studying. Making the most of the desk space in a student’s room means being organised. Make sure all the drawer space is used and the desk top is organised with folders, trays, jars and containers. Also use the space above the desk by adding floating shelves to stack books and folders. There are so many options for beautiful, affordable stationary that the desk can be practical and look great! The study area in a student’s space also needs to be welcoming and give some inspiration. Adding a mood board, memo board covered with pictures and trinkets, or lots of photos can really liven up a study space.
Second -Hand Furniture
A second hand desk, bedside table or chest of drawers can be easily updated with a new coat of paint. This is one of the easiest ways to find furniture for a student’s space, which is affordable. Don’t forget to also look for double duty furniture, maybe a small desk that can also double as a bedside table for example. Any furniture that is bought needs to have enough drawers and cupboards to be functional in a student’s room. Also think outside the box, to keep it within the budget. Adding large cushions or pillows to the bed during the day can create a seating area. A bedside table can just be a stool or even a brightly coloured container with a lid, there are lots of ways to re-purpose items for a student’s space.
Storage, Storage, Storage!
It’s obvious that storage is very important in a student’s space. Usually space is tight, so using every spare centimetre can make a huge difference. Under bed storage is a great way to store clothing and bedding. Winter jackets and coats can also be kept in vacuum bags until needed to save room in the wardrobe, they are inexpensive and easy to use. Adding hooks behind the door can be a great place for towels, scarves or bags. The best way to make the most of a student’s space is making sure the wardrobe is organised and utilised properly. this means drawers, hanging space and shelves are filled up. Also it is easy and affordable to add shoe racks, baskets and suitcases for storage at the very top and bottom of the wardrobe.
Enjoy creating a great space for a student!