There are no two ways about it: student life is hectic. You need somewhere to properly relax and rest away from it all, and if you’re ever to settle in and feel content in your new home or student accommodation, your bedroom will need to be conducive to a tranquil atmosphere and getting a good night’s sleep.
Of course, this is not the ideal time to be investing in home furnishings, as you may be skint, and your first priority with the money you do have is unlikely to ever be furniture and decking out your digs or dorm room.
Fear not! We have some great student bedroom ideas here to help you furnish your new room to be homely and fun without breaking the bank after all your bedroom is where you will spend much of time, especially when in halls of residence. So let’s sort that room on a budget!
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEA TIPS, NO.1.- INVEST BIG IN YOUR BEDDING FOR YOUR STUDENT ROOM OR DORM ROOM
Whether it’s a big night out in the student union bar or some much needed cramming before an exam or deadline, you need to ensure that the sleep you do manage to get during your uni days and nights is of a decent enough quality that you feel rested and can perform well after; be that at learning, writing, sports or just partying!
Your student discount comes in really handy when looking at bedroom ideas including bedding, as high-quality bed sheets, duvets and pillows can reach some pretty hefty prices. It is an easy way to bring some interior design to your student room…
WHERE TO BUY YOUR ROOM DECOR BEDDING
House of Fraser stock some great high-end bedroom brands that can be purchased with a 10% discount and lots of sales – keep an eye on their promotional weekends in particular and other offers on our official page, where we list the House of Fraser student discounts as these often slash prices across stores and online for a short period of time. Strike while the irons hot, and invest in your night’s sleep.
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEAS TIPS, NO.2 – LIGHT UP THAT DORM ROOM
Most student halls won’t allow candles, and most student rooms come with one bare lightbulb so you’re on your own when it comes to getting creative for some lighting students bedroom ideas.
Fairy lights are an easy way to introduce a happy ambience and are a student favourite and available really cheap online. Make sure they adhere to UK fire regulations. Fairy lights are a good way to brighten up your dorm room too on a budget.
Consider hanging them with 3M adhesive hooks or washi tape – both leave no residue on walls and are easily removed – or wind them around ornaments or your bed headboard.
SHED SOME LIGHT WITH STYLISH LAMPS INTO YOUR DORM ROOMS
If fairy lights aren’t your thing, consider buying some lamps for your uni room. Argos stock loads of great value lamps in lots of colours and style to be mixed and matched to your heart’s content. There’s a whole host of variable discounts and offers available, too. Mood lighting? Done. Check out the top Argos offers today – https://studentdiscountsquirrel.co.uk/argos/
They are a great way of improving your student living room too as well as your uni bedroom.
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEAS TIPS, NO.3 – PHOTOS OF FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HOME
You don’t want to make yourself homesick but it’s important not to completely forget your hometown while you’re at university looking into students bedroom ideas. You can print these off yourself or buy prints cheaply online and have them delivered to your door.
Avoid blu-tak but consider other non-residual adhesives. Photos can be framed, of course, but also just stuck directly onto walls and doors and arranged in patterns or shapes. Top these up with photos taken of your new life and you’ll always have some happy memories to look at and help you to remember your dorm room lol!
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEAS TIPS, NO.4 – SPICE UP YOUR STORAGE
There’s never enough room for all your ‘stuff’ in a student room in student accommodation, but there are lots of ways to manage storage capacity in creative ways for small spaces and student bedrooms ideas.
Anything that’s unsightly or unlikely to be used often can slot under your bed or in a cupboard. For everything else that needs to be ‘out’ (be that through space requirement or just because it’s used often), consider baskets, boxes and other containers. You may want to consider locks for a dorm room.
JAZZ UP THOSE PLASTIC STORAGE BOXES
Plastic storage containers can be bought cheaply at any hardware or homeware store but if these are too boring, why not spice them up? Apply stickers, spray paint or buy discounted decorative boxes and arrange in an arty fashion.
A coat of matte coloured paint can make a box really ‘pop’ against the rest of your room and become a feature rather than just a function.
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEA, TIP NO.5 – DRESS YOUR FLOORS
Just not as a floordrobe! Grab a cheap rug from somewhere like eBay (who offers discounts on goods and postage and packaging to students!) or Amazon and spruce your floor up so that the room seems a little cosier.
University halls and student accommodation sometimes have heating running on a thermostat schedule and you may not have any input or control into this. If you tend to feel the cold, a rug or mat will also protect those toes first thing in the morning, so it need not just act as a style statement and great bedroom ideas.
You could club together and buy a nice cheap rug to brighten up your living room too.
STUDENT BEDROOM IDEAS TIPS, NO.6 – ALWAYS KEEP A LITTLE SPACE…
No matter how cluttered or crowded your room may feel, it’s important to always have a dedicated ‘blank’ desk space for you to use. This should, of course, be purely for your laptop, essay papers and textbooks… but may also act as the perfect place to pop drinks, purchases and anything you need to remember on your way out.
KEEP THE FOOD STORED IN THE KITCHEN
Keep the space at least the size of a pizza box so it’s big enough to look after most items; and if it does happen to get filled with pizza, make sure you’ve ordered from Papa Johns who offer year-round student discount on pizzas, drinks and sides!
Just avoid keeping wrappers or leftover food in your room. It’s not just unhygienic, but it quickly will ‘fragrance’ your room in a way you may not want anyone you invite into to experience, especially if you are in a dorm room.
STUDENT BEDROOMS, TIP NO.7 – DRAPE EVERYTHING IN FABRIC
Bare chair? Blanket. Boring chest of drawers? Throw. Bedside table? Fabric swatch.
The fabric on hard surfaces gives a bit of cushioning alongside a pop of colour and new texture, giving a soft and homely feel to the room. You can find cheap swatches and off-cuts in any fabric or furnishing shop but if you don’t fancy splashing the cash, use old hoodies, blankets or bed sheets that you’re not currently sleeping in.
FABRIC CAN HIDE A MULTITUDE OF FURNITURE SINS
Student rooms in houses and dorm rooms are far from luxury but with some attention to detail you can soon perk yours up to be somewhere you enjoy spending time rather than just a bed for the night. Utilise your student discounts at retailers and if somewhere doesn’t advertise one – ask!
STUDENT ROOM IDEAS – UNI ROOM IDEAS FAQS
Where do I get room ideas?
The internet is a fantastic place. Do searches on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and then look at online stores to see where to source them.
Can I change the bedroom decor?
You will have to ask your landlord if you can change your bedroom decor. They will usually jump at the chance for the bedroom decor to be changed.
See if they will pay for the paint and neutral colours are best.
Is it possible to decorate dorm rooms?
First, it’s best to ask your university halls if you can change your dorm rooms decor. There usually should be an area near your bed you can hang your stuff and you can use lamps and bedding to make it your own space.
What room decor do you suggest for a dorm room?
One easy way to improve the room decor of a dorm room is to string fairy lights all the way down. You can a big set and everyone in the dorm room can chip in to make it cost-effective. Also, why not have a colour scheme for the dorm room for everyone to keep to.
What room decor should I choose for my university room?
Interior design is up to personal taste but cool neutral colours lead to a calming effect which could help you sleep.
Dark greys and navy paint tones are in at the moment which we love and you can bring colour through bedding, pictures and cushions.
Are there room ideas for other rooms?
Of course, there are room ideas for other rooms including dorm rooms, kitchen, bathroom, living rooms and hallway. We recommend having a budget and sticking to it, and don’t go overboard, it is a student house and you won’t be staying there longer than a year.
SUMMARY – DORM ROM AND BEDROOM TOP TIPS
We recommend you decorate your uni bedroom to make you feel at home and get the best experience from uni life, that said it can all be achieved on a budget so you need not break the bank!
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