It’s a universal fact that students never have any money, but that does not mean that your dorm room needs to be drab.
Here are a few tips on how to have an amazing dorm room while being budget-conscious.
It’s always a great idea to pick furniture with hidden storage or a dual purpose, thereby maximizing storage and working space. Another idea to maximize space and savings is to use under-the-bed bins. These can easily store extra clothes, school supplies, and even non-perishable food!
Did you know you can shop for discontinued bar fridges and appliances? Buying last year’s model can save you up to 60 percent. Plus, if you have a roommate you can save even more by splitting the cost with them.
Don’t look down on hand-me-downs
Cheap is good, but free is always better. If you’re on a budget, reconsider your mom’s old bookshelf or gran’s wing-back chair. You can always repaint wooden furniture if you want to update them or simply throw a slipcover over outdated items.
Put up shelves to make extra room for storage
You can DIY by grabbing supplies at stores like Makro or Builders warehouse, which can save you a lot of money. In fact, Builders warehouse has some cheap shelving kits (and a huge variety) that include everything you need to make the most of the dorm room’s wall space.
Easily turn a metal wastebasket into a side table by spray painting an inexpensive wastebasket in the colour of your choice then simply turn it upside down, and TA-DA you have a bedside table.
If you ask me, plants are the most underrated decorating items found in dorm rooms. Plants help with the air quality, create a sense of the outdoors, and add calmness to a room.
Photo finish your wall
Placing a whole lot of photos of friends and family on your wall might give you some inspiration when you are having a bad day or just missing home.
Putting some light on the subject
Adding LED fairy lights are an inexpensive way of brightening up a room and creating an ambience.