By the time you’re moving into your college apartment, you’re ready for a space that feels more like an adult. You want it to look Pinterest perfect and perfectly designed while staying within your college student budget.
With such a larger space to decorate, it can get overwhelming. We’ve rounded up the best of the best to show you the apartment ideas you really need to see.
BUY IN PAIRS
Make the most of inexpensive finds by buying multiples. Here a pair of basic Ikea metal cabinets in red creates the look of a longer sideboard. The illusion that they are one piece is reinforced by the pair of matching lamps set on each end.
SPLURGE ON BEDDING, SAVE ON FURNITURE
A basic bed frame will do the job, and a handy side table from Ikea should set you back only a few bucks. You can save on these items and spend a bit more on bedding. You sleep there, so it’s a worthy place to splurge a little.
TRY CHALKBOARD DECAL
Love the look of a chalkboard wall but can’t paint in your rental? Try chalkboard decals instead. They’re removable and do wonders at livening up big expanses of a boring wall color.
MAKE YOUR OWN WALL ART
Rather than spend your hard-earned cash on someone else’s photo, painting, or print, get creative and make your own art to hang on your walls. There are a lot of easy and affordable ways to create your own art so you don’t have to spend money on expensive designs and pricey frames.
STORE STUFFS IN GLASS JARS
Everything from dry pasta and coffee beans to office supplies looks better in glass jars. And they don’t need to be fancy to do the trick. You can pick up a box of big mason jars for under $20. Or even wash jars and reuse them instead of dumping them in the recycling bin.
THINK THE NEW USES OF ADHESIVE STRIPS
Don’t let a no-holes policy stop you from enjoying artwork, mirrors and even wall sconces in your apartment. The strongest versions of adhesive strips and clips, or even Velcro strips, can be lifesavers when you rent.
MAKE USE OF MULTIPURPOSE FURNITURE
If there was ever a multipurpose piece of furniture created with the college student in mind, it’s the futon. Serving as a couch and a bed, a futon makes a great place to sit during the day and can be easily converted into a bed at night for that one friend that never seems to make it home.
ADD SOMETHING FLUFFY
A fake sheepskin draped over a chair, a cuddly throw on the sofa or a knit blanket on the bed makes a space feel comfy and homey. A warm rug underfoot can help immensely, too.
ADD SOME BASKETS
Facing an organizing problem? No matter what it is, or what room it’s in, baskets can probably help. Choose open-top baskets if you want to be able to see the contents, lidded baskets if you want to hide them.
It’s your apartment, don’t forget that! It’s the personal touches you’ve chosen just because you love them that will begin to make your first rental feel like home.
Your home should support you, help you relax at the end of a busy day and, when you’re a student, keep you going through long study sessions. No matter your budget, these ten tips above are a good place to start.