Tuesday, 29 August 2017

How to Transform your Student Room


When you're off to university or college, or just moving away for the first time, there's enough to stress about before even thinking about your new home - your student room. Most university dorms are the same, with furniture that perhaps leaves a little to be desired for, especially if you're used to a beautiful room at home, one that you've probably spent years working on and getting it exactly how you like. 

So I've put together some tips on how you can create a 'home from home', and make your new student bedroom more of a 'home from home' while you're away...

Storage - Most college or university dorms will provide you with a wardrobe or chest of drawers (or both if you're lucky), however if storage is going to be limited it's probably a good idea to have a serious clear-out of any old clothes/belongings before you go. There's nothing less welcoming than a 'floordrobe' of clothes that don't fit anywhere else (trust me - I know this from experience!).

For other bits and bobs though, I love these spacious IKEA storage boxes which come in a few different colours, and hold a LOT of stuff. 



Another bargain storage tip is prettying up a jam jar - simply tie a ribbon around one to create a beautiful way of displaying pens or make-up brushes, especially good if your desk will double up as your 'getting ready' area. I use these Laura Ashley storage boxes too to hide all my stationary. 


How to turn your university student room college dorm into a beautiful home from home, featuring storage tips, decoration ideas and tips on how to personalise a room

Plants - Adding some beautiful houseplants will work wonders in any room, so grab yourself some greenery and bring nature indoors. If, like me, you're not great at keeping them alive then why not go faux and choose artificial plants instead? I've shared my favourite places to find good quality fake plants here. 



Desk - This will be where you'll probably spend a huge amount of time, so definitely should reflect your personality and be somewhere you feel comfortable. Bringing your favourite cushion from home can spice up a boring desk chair, and using pretty folders and boxes to store your notes can brighten up any shelf. Plus I don't know if it's just me, but pretty pens and notepads will definitely made me more interested in studying!

Whilst some really stylish stationary can often set you back, why not try transforming old boxes/folders with wrapping paper or wallpaper (have a look on eBay for some cheap scraps)? A memo board is a great way of displaying important bits and bobs, but it doesn't have to look boring - I covered a cheap board with material I bought off eBay, and use it to display my jewellery.

Fabric covered memo board

Wall space - Bare walls can often be a bit of a problem in student rooms, however if posters aren't your thing then there are a few other things you can do.

How about printing out some of your favourite pictures of family and friends in polaroid form and stringing them up across a wall or placing them on a memo board like I have? I recently discovered the brilliant app Cheerz, through which you can easily print photos directly from Facebook/Instagram as high-quality polaroids for good prices.

How to turn your university student room college dorm into a beautiful home from home, featuring storage tips, decoration ideas and tips on how to personalise a room

Bunting can also easily jazz up plain areas, and can be picked up quite cheaply too. The Range sell some lovely vintage bunting, but you could also make your own really easily. See my DIY no-sew post here. If you're not allowed to use sellotape or blue-tac to stick things to the walls, how about using Command Strips- damage-free adhesive hanging strips which don't leave a mark on the wall.

How to turn your university student room college dorm into a beautiful home from home, featuring storage tips, decoration ideas and tips on how to personalise a room

Finally, fairy lights are a really great and cheap way to create an atmosphere and dress up your room. These ones are just £1.99 - in my old spare room I tied lights around the curtain pole and draped sheer drapes over the top to soften and create a cosy atmosphere.

How to turn your university student dorm into a beautiful home from home, featuring storage tips, decoration ideas and tips on how to personalise a room

What are you tips for decorating a university dorm, and creating a home from home?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx

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