oving out, whether to a student residence or your first apartment, is an opportunity to make a statement about your personal style without worrying about your parents’ opinions.
What you do have to worry about, however, is your budget. Through a mix of borrowing from family and friends, thrifting at Value Village and shopping at budget-friendly stores like JYSK, decorating a small space can be painless and affordable.
Fig. 1 Instragram photos instantly add some colour to a room. There are several services that will professionally print your Instagram photos in any size you desire, including prinstagram.com (which will even put your photos on a t-shirt) and canvaspop.com. However, all we did was edit our Instagram pics in Photoshop and printed them out.
Fig. 2 Check out page 12 to find out how to grow your own container garden.
Fig. 3 These collapsible boxes from JYSK ($5.58) provide much needed extra storage with limited shelving available– or it can double as under the bed storage.
Fig. 4 Decorations aren’t limited to posters. Jewelry, pursues or scarves hung on the wall add some colour and detail to a room. 3M Command hooks peel off when you’re done which are useful for dorms, where you can’t make holes in the wall.
Fig. 5 Our fox pillow is a splurge at $29.99, but it’s a special piece that adds a little whimsy to the room (urbanoutfitters.com).
Fig. 6 This collapsible box doubles as extra storage and furniture, strong enough to act as a bedside table or a chair for a small person (JYSK $24.99).