For those of you who don’t know, I moved from a dorm to an apartment near campus last summer. It’s been so great having my own space and not having to deal with community showers or microwave meals, but I realized I hardly posted about apartment life this whole year! I even made a list of apartment-themed post ideas and it’s still sitting in my notes app. Blogger fail.
I renewed my lease though, so I’ll be staying in the same apartment for my final (fingers crossed) year of college! I have a TON of decor and DIY project updates I want to post about, but since I’m currently at my parent’s place those will probably go up in August or September when I can take pictures.
For now I wanted to share a sort of updated version of my 12 College Dorm Room Must-Haves, because who doesn’t love apartment shopping??
I still find myself buying decorations and organizers and other little trinkets for my apartment, because it’s the one place that really feels like mine, if that makes sense. I love spending time there, and my mood is always lifted when I walk in to the sight of my string light lit walls covered in DIY projects and pictures from happy moments.
I think it’s really important to give yourself some place that makes you feel at home, especially if your college is far away from your home-home. If that means plastering a wall with pictures of friends and places you love, go for it! For me, it meant keeping things super organized (because I can’t stand living in a messy room), maintaining a relaxing color scheme, and filling up any empty space with things that just look good and fit my aesthetic.
These are some of my favorite purchases and things I hope will inspire you to create a beautiful space of your own!
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1. A statement comforter or duvet
By statement, I mean it should be color or pattern that you want to build the rest of your room off of. Your bed will be one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the room, so the fabric you choose will really affect the mood of the space! I wanted a pretty neutral room with lots of plants and pops of color from smaller items, so I went with a solid gray duvet.
I sort of splurged on this T-Shirt Jersey Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters that I’d been eyeing for months. If you’re also looking for neutrals, this white cotton duvet set has some great reviews. Target is another affordable option if you’re looking for brighter colors or patterns!
2. A wall tapestry
Filling up wall space is surprisingly hard, which is why I LOVE tapestries. They fill up so much space and can completely change your room’s mood! I bought this tropical foliage tapestry from Society6 in size small, which you can see in the picture below:
It’s the perfect size to go above a full/queen size bed! My roommates and I also bought this banana leaf tapestry for our living room in medium, which was about the width of a regular couch.
These are some other really cute prints from Society6 that I think would look great in a bedroom!
3. Accent pillows
You have to balance out that statement bedspread with something, and that’s where accent pillows come in. Since my duvet is solid gray, I looked for pillows with lots of patterns. All of mine are from Target (I think they sold out but this one’s pretty similar), and if you wait long enough for the current line to go on sale you can get them for around $15 instead of the usual $30!
4. A desk with enough room to actually work
I wanted to make sure I had a designated place to be productive that wasn’t my bed, so I bought a table top, two legs, and a drawer unit from IKEA. This let me really customize my desk to my needs rather than being locked into a pre-made one!
5. Bathroom storage
I’m a bit of a skincare product hoarder, so the space under my sink wasn’t nearly enough for all my half-filled bottles. I have this plastic shelf unit from IKEA and I LOVE it. It fits perfectly between my toilet and shower and has enough room for all my products. I found this similar piece on Amazon.
My bathroom has a cabinet above my toilet, so I already had some extra storage there, but if your wall is empty there you could try an over the toilet storage option like this!
Inside I use these fabric storage bins from Target to put clothes or snacks in. I use the top bin of my tall unit to store makeup out in the open for easy access!
7. Lots of lighting
Having a well lit room is so important!! For your eyes of course, but your mood is also affected by how much and what type of light is surrounding you. I was lucky enough to get two giant windows in my room, but that obviously doesn’t help much at night.
I bought, no exaggeration, seven packs of these mini string lights from Target and strung them around my entire room. They’re bright enough that I can work with ease into the early morning hours, which happens way more often than I’d like, but they also give off a relaxing yellow light that doesn’t hurt my eyes.
I noticed that these particular string lights seem to go out of stock pretty often, so I found these string lights on Amazon for a similar price if you end up with the same issue!
Adding some personal touches like pictures to your room will really give it that homey feel. I ordered a TON of prints from Parabo Press and hung them with this metal photo clip string from Urban Outfitters (similar.
If you want to get the same look, you can use my code UKWRRN to get a $15 credit towards some prints at Parabo Press!
9. Things that make your room YOUR room
Most of the decorations in my room come from random shopping trips where I happened upon something that just screamed “me”. I love filling all the empty spaces in my room with more colorful and eye-catching things than my neutral bed and furniture, and I’ve picked up quite a few objects over the past year that made their way in!
My salt rock lamp is probably one of my favorite pieces in my entire room. I have it on top of my square IKEA cube unit, and it gives off a subtle enough light that I can even leave it on while I sleep. I’m obsessed with pinks right now, so this was a must-have!
I also have a lot of little things from trips to Ross and Marshall’s home decor sections. There’s always something new there so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a unique piece every time you visit!
You can even get creative with storage for things like makeup brushes or pencils. I’ve seen these white pencil cups everywhere and they’re so darn cute.
I hope this gave y’all some apartment inspiration, and I’d love to see pictures of your finished room if you post them on Instagram! Here’s my (slightly outdated) apartment tour if you want to get a better look too.