Heading off to university is a big step in anyone's life and preparing to move into student digs can be exciting and daunting at the same time.
Making your own room a 'little haven that’s homely, comfortable and practical is so important', says George Home Editor, Sharon Parsons. 'This is the place where you’ll chill, study, sleep, snack and entertain friends.'
If you're heading off to uni this September, here are some quick, clever and cheap ideas to turn your student room into a stylish sleek boudoir.
1. Washi tape is your friend
Nailing hooks or drilling holes in most student rooms are often prohibited. But with the use of Command hooks, picture strips and Washi tape you can still pin up your favourite pictures without damaging the wall. 'The bright and colourful adhesive strips known as Washi tape, are easily removed and perfect for jazzing up plain walls,' says Sharon. 'Use it to make "picture frames" for groups of postcards, posters, photos and so on.'
2. Opt for 'smart furniture'
University rooms, especially in the first year, are often not well equipped with storage, so if you do need extra furniture, make sure you invest in "smart pieces". 'Foldable boxes are much easier to flatten and store than holdalls and suitcases,' says Sharon. 'They easily snap back into shape when it comes to packing up at the end of term too. And plastic lidded storage boxes, which come with wheels, are ideal for keeping under the bed.'
3. Create your own sofa
Having your own sofa in your first year of university is most definitely a luxury. So for those not blessed with space, why not try turning your bed into both? Sharon says, 'By day your bed can be your sofa with lots of colourful throws and cushions. Then by night, combine it with a couple of duvet sets for a stylish co-ordinated look.' We love this grey robot bedding which would pair well with this dark grey cushion. Both the robot duvet and this colourful unicorn spread are reversible, meaning you get two looks in one. Then add a bit of comfort to your sofa/bed for movie nights with a comfy cushion. We love this grey leopard print cushion or add a touch of sparkle to your room with a unicorn-inspired one.
4. Make it cosy and colourful
Just because you might have a small room, you can still make it homely. Sharon recommends adding a rug, 'which makes space feel more comfortable and lived in, and is perfect when there are more friends than seating in the room!'
If you've got a spare corner you could invest in a floorseat to help add a pop of colour and provide another place to sit.
5. Light it up
Lamps and lights can help make any room feel warm and cosy. 'If you don’t have surface space for table lamps, choose floor designs instead.' says Sharon. 'Use soft yellow-toned bulbs rather than harsh white ones for a warm feel. And don’t forget fairy lights! Strung across the ceiling, looped over the beds and mirrors, or piled up in a glass vase, they’ll add instant twinkling ambience.'
6. Bring the outdoors inside
Outdoor space is another luxury at uni, so introduce some foliage into your room to bring the outdoors, inside. Sharon suggests easy-to-care-for varieties. She says, 'if you doubt your green-fingered skills, go for a couple of faux plants or flowers instead.'
7. Get some candles
Candles help add some calm to any environment and they need not be a fire hazard. 'Battery-operated candles look so realistic these days, so stock up and cluster them together on a shelf or window ledge,' says Sharon.