Student houses in my area are pretty generic, and one of my favourite parts of moving to a new place is being able to make it my own. I thought I’d put together 5 tips to add a bit of interior style without blowing the budget.
1. Grab a bargain
I love bargain hunting! Charity shops, bootsales and Gumtree are all great places to pick up cheap furniture and home accessories. It may take a bit of hunting, but I’ve found a lot of amazing little treasures this way.
2. Be inventive
Simple items like vases, storage containers and the ever-fashionable shabby chic jam jar can often be overpriced to buy new. Why not try putting flowers in a drinking glass for a simple table decoration? Jam jars can be washed out and reused for storing jewellery or small objects, and old shoe boxes could be covered in paper to create storage boxes.
3. Never say no to freebies
In my area houses are being gutted and renovated all the time. This means that there is a lot of old furniture being left on the street that the owners are often happy for you to take off their hands, just make sure to ask first! I’ve got a lot of lovely furniture this way. It might take a bit of mending but for a freebie that’s not bad. If this isn’t an option, try websites like Freecycle for free items in your local area. If you have no room for furniture, a lot of photo websites like Snapfish have offers with free photo prints for new customers, wonderful!
4. Get your upcycle on
Sick of those boring shelves you bought from Ikea in first year? Upcycle! I have a few upcycle ideas in the works that will be included in future posts so keep checking back! Shabby chic, a new coat of paint or varnish or covering furniture in paper are all easy to achieve at home with a bit of practise.
5. Do a bit of DIY
If there’s something you’ve seen online, like a shelving unit, why not try making it yourself? There are lots of furniture making courses available, or just look up tutorials online. Be careful, but remember to have fun. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but I can guarantee it will be an achievement at the end!
I’m finishing with a word or warning: don’t acquire anything you won’t be able to move easily when you have to leave your accommodation. This is a lesson myself and my housemates have had to deal with for one move already and it involved hiring a van. Unfortunately our collection of salvaged (and hand made) furniture is still growing. Wish us luck for the next move in June!