Whether it’s a move to a residence or a small off-campus apartment, space is often limited when you’re on a student budget, not to mention the difficulty of creating a decor style of your own. Here's a few ideas to create a budget-friendly oasis that will look and function like a million bucks:
Storage: Over the door hooks can keep laundry, backpacks, purses and bathing totes off the floor and in plain view at all times. An under-bed drawer is a great place to keep extra bedding or out of season clothing. A freestanding, over the bed bookshelf is a great vertical storage addition for alarm clock, books, photo albums, etc.
Double-duty furnishings: A desk chair should be comfy enough to do homework, but then act as an occasional chair when a friend visits; a storage ottoman allows you to put your feet up, acts as an additional perch for friends to sit and of course can be used to hide dirty clothes until laundry day.
Choose decor colours: Think of your favourite colour and use it for accessories in the room. a great starting point is to choose a duvet cover that has your favourite colours. Then choose matching, sheets, throws, pillows, lampshades and area rug that match.
Use the Internet: Shopping online with Bed, Bath & Beyond is easy; they have the most comprehensive website for back-to-school items and they’ll ship anywhere in Canada and have a great return policy. Buying from online classifieds and Kijiji is a great starting point. Look to buy the big stuff like dressers, beds, desks and chairs in the city where you’ll be going to school.