Moving out of home and into uni residency can be daunting. Where do you put all your stuff? Will I be homesick? How can I make my room a space where I can actually study and enjoy myself? Here are some ways you can upgrade your dorm room, so it looks like it’s straight out of Tumblr or Pinterest.
Make Your Bed The Comfiest Seat In The House
Every bedroom’s eye-catcher is the bed itself. Why not make a real statement by adding a funky bedhead from MyDeal. They’re easier to manage than an entire bed frame, and you can add something that will suit you and your personality. Instead, if you don’t want to add a physical bed head, why not make one yourself hanging a tapestry above your bed, or sprinkling fairy lights above your bed, giving the illusion of a beautiful bedhead. Make sure your bed is inviting and cosy by adding some pillows and a throw on it. Make sure you don’t have too many pillows, as they’re going to end up on the floor and will just make the place look messy (especially if you don’t have the tendency to make your bed every day). A soft, light duvet is important to have in your room, so you can stop those awful, sweaty Summer nights, and stay toasty all throughout Winter.
Replicate Your Bedroom At Home
Alex Galgano from Training.co.nz offers his advice for those who want to avoid homesickness. “If you want to make your Uni dorm room feel extra special and closer to home, personalising your space is key. A good way to go about achieving this would be to try and replicate the look and feel of your bedroom as much as possible. Those posters on your wall, the photos on your desk and that lamp on your bedside table would all be perfect additions. The point is to have as many elements from your home scattered around, so that everywhere you turn, there is something to remind you of home. In doing so, you’ll instantly transform any room into your room.” Find out more about Training.co.nz by following them on Facebook.
Create An Inspiration Board
Okay, so this sounds cheesy and kinda basic, but it’s a cute idea for those who are trying to find inspiration, motivation and be surrounded by those who you love. A pinboard is a great way to get started; add pictures of your family, friends and loved ones on the board. Don’t stop there, add an image of what you want your dream job to be, your dream location, your dream pet etc. This board should encompass your past, your future, but most importantly: your present. Keep a timetable with a study schedule on your inspiration board (and actually use it), as well as daily reminders, tickets to events you’re planning to go to, sticky notes etc. This can keep you organised, as well as keep your eye on the ball for what is important to you, keeping you focused on the end goal, whatever that may be.
Make A Desk You’d Actually Study At
We all see those bedroom study spaces online that look like they’re made for super rich and famous bloggers, and sure, they’re beautiful, but would you actually study there? Probably not; you wouldn’t want to ruin the perfect flatlay they’ve created. When you’re organising your desk, make sure you have your computer, whether it be a laptop or a desktop, in the prime position of your desk. You can keep your inspiration board nearby, so you can see the dates that your assignments are due and anything on your schedule. You should also keep a place to store your books, whether it be on a shelf above your desk, in a drawer next to your bed or stacked on top of another at the end of your desk. Make sure you also have a super comfy office chair. A good office chair that supports your spine and neck, as well as stays comfy after sitting in it for hours on end is important, so go ahead and get yourself a quality office chair from MyDeal.
If you want to create a space that’s inviting, cosy and delightful, you should incorporate the Danish lifestyle Hygge (pronounced hue-gah). Denise Viera from Scentcillo shares her advice for incorporating hygge into your home. “Diffusing essential oils can be a way of practising Hygge in the home - to reflect the comfort and happy feelings a person can derive from its little pleasures and creature comforts. Our modern culture is very verbal and visual, so the part scent can play in accessing the feelings our home generates is undervalued. Having a home where all the senses are addressed, allows it to become a truly restorative space. The ability of scents to tap into our emotions and memories and to transform the mood of a space makes it an important aspect of Hygge. Everybody's idea of comfort and cosiness will, of course, be different depending on their life experience, however, essential oil scents that are food orientated or have vanilla or creamy facets are generally living Hygge. e.g spice, vanilla or resin type essential oils or the sweeter woody oils like sandalwood or atlas cedarwood.” FInd out more about Scentcillo by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Add Temporary Art
Nicole Yeardley from Wallsauce shares her advice for those who want to add a pinch of personality to their room. “Wallsauce have a huge range of wall murals available for print onto a peel and stick wallpaper - which is great for rented accommodation! Parents can adorn their children's dorm walls with a made-to-measure design from its stock library, designer collection or they can upload their own image and turn it into wallpaper. We have customers turn their favourite family portraits into unique wallpapers all the time - this could be a great way of getting them over homesickness!” Find out more about Wallsauce by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Creating a home away from home can be difficult, but with some time, preparation and a little bit of elbow grease and personality, you can create a university space that will make you feel like you have your life together… until exams come around, that is.