OK, perhaps that’s all a little stereotypical. What you’ll generally find is a not unpleasant but pretty soulless standard-issue Ikea pad. Not a bad base to work from, it could be worse. Still, there are some cheap and easy ways to make your characterless student house a little more homely.
Very retro and very cool, these are great if you are living in a well-populated student house where seating is limited. They are comfortable and give character and an air of homely comfort to a room.
What’s more, it’s not so bad if you damage these. They are cheaper than sofas and if you buy them (they are cheap) they won’t be covered by the deposit. So if one of your customarily clumsy friends has one of their accidents and leaves a cigarette burn or red wine stain, it’s not the end of the world.
Cushions and Throws
These are a fantastic ways of making your standard-issue sofa look a little more comfortable and homely and les stained. Cheap, comfortable cushions of countless designs can be found in shops online, and on the high street in discount shops like Wilkinson’s. Throws can be found just as easy for just as cheap, but if you’re having trouble, just find any kind of fabric you like and cut off enough to fit your sofa – simple.
Student houses seem to be increasingly turning to laminate flooring and shunning carpets these days – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The trend in all modern houses seems to show laminate and wooden flooring as fashionable and it is easier to clean.
The only problem is hard flooring can be a little cold and uncomfortable. You can remedy this simply rug. Rugs may seem expensive at first glance, but you can find cool looking affordable rugs at markets all over the country – just remember, you’re supposed to haggle. The added benefits of these over carpets are a stain isn’t going to result in extortionate professional clean or, even worse, a full replacement.
Lighting is a brilliant way of creating atmosphere and character in an otherwise dull room. By strategically placing some freestanding lamps, you can really open the room up. Also gives you good spots to read next to. Then of course, there are always the option of fairy lights, which always brighten things up.
Finally, what you need on those uniformly dull walls is a little something to show off your character. The easy option is a few simple posters, but if you want to give the walls a little class, then you can put them in frames, another thing you can buy cheap in Wilkinson’s.
You can also pin up pieces of attractively patterned fabric too, like a web: pin two corners to the ceiling and two to the wall in the corner of a room and create a tented ceiling.
Fund Your Renovations
These tips aren’t too expensive to follow, but you might want a little extra cash to help fund your transformation. You can make this by selling old objects and possessions you no longer need to websites like Music Magpie.
This not only makes you a little extra cash, but also helps make your house a home by clearing any of the unwanted stuff that’s making your house look cluttered. They take any old DVDs, CDs, games, electronics and even clothes, and the process is easy – much easier than auction sites. Head over to their website for full details.
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