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How to furnish a student bedroom

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Students up and down the country are preparing to start their university courses. Here are 10 tips for transforming your student bedroom from hovel to haven.

Brighten up your bed

Your bed is essentially going to be your sofa, so do invest in cheerful, colourful bedding and a few cushions and throws to brighten it up. You don't need to break the bank to do this.

Opt for floor lamps

Decent lighting will go a long way towards making a room feel cosy – especially useful for late-night gatherings, or when you’re hammering out an essay at 3am.

Bring a teapot

Those early days at university are all about making friends, and nothing entices people in like a cup of tea. The sight of a bright teapot on a shelf or desk is also a welcome pop of colour and homeliness in those often dungeon-like student rooms.

Decorate your walls

Posters and framed pictures are the obvious bet, but hanging things on the walls is often outlawed. If you can get away with it, use white tack or invest in no-hole picture hanging strips for minimum damage. Sales at the Student Union are a good source for posters, as is the All Posters website.

Remember a doorstop

Much like the teapot, this is a sure-fire way to get people to pop their heads through your door in those important early days – but it’ll be equally useful in your third year for tempting people in for revision breaks.

Make features of your possessions

You’re not going to be able to afford antique clocks or leather armchairs, so try to make your ordinary possessions focal points. Pretty scarves and wraps draped across the back of chairs, over your desk or tied around bedposts will also make your room look more attractive – plus, they won’t be all over the floor.

Snap up some speakers

Ideal for parties, portable speakers don't need to cost the earth, or you can buy a nifty cardboard radio and speaker set that plugs into your smartphone.

Get a noticeboard

Nothing is more useful than a noticeboard – pin your lecture timetable, your gig tickets and (until you've memorised them) your friends' phone extension numbers on it.

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.