Budget Decorating Tips for College Students
These two words will make the most of any Ramen Noodle or Boone's Farm budget.
Hit up your local Salvation Army/Good Will/Resale Shops and look for items that are structurally sound, but may aesthetically need a little TLC. Garage sales are also a great place to make use of the "someone else's trash" cliche. You may find real treasure at garage sales in high income areas. You never know when someone may be upgrading last year's model.
And if you are working on a REALLY limited budget, look around for items that you already have. A little fabric/paint/stain/love might be able to convert your your old desk & chair into your new bistro set.
You should always start with a color scheme in mind, maybe pick 2-3 colors that work well together and fit your personality. If you are having trouble finding a color scheme, try going to the Paint Department at your local Home Improvement Store. They usually have brochures of different color schemes to help you visualize.
Once you know what colors you are looking for and what items you want to customize, go to your local fabric store and browse the clearance section. Big chain stores like Joann's and Michael's often have coupons with great discounts in their weekly circulars, and will almost always match a competitor's discount/coupon.
And if you aren't great with a needle and thread, they also offer many other many other "quick fix" products, such as Stitch Witchery, a fusible web that comes in several widths to permanently bond 2 layers of fabric (also great for the DIY hem job).
Click on the links below for DIY step-by-step instructions on how to customize your college experience!
- Make Your Own (Inexpensive) Custom Headboard
Using an old hollow core door and some fabric, you can create your own custom headboard! You can create a headboard with many different shapes and variations, so be creative!
- Create Your Own Custom Reminder Board!
This link will show you how to create your own custom board with room for photos, push pins for reminder notes, and even pockets to hold your mail/bills/misc! This design can be altered to make a custom wall picture frame too!
- Custom Mirror at a fraction of the cost!
With a couple of hours and some simple hardware store materials, you can make a custom mirror to fit any size, color scheme, or budget! You may even already have the frame lying around somewhere.
- Luxury look without the price!
In less than an hour, you can create this luxury woodgrain look without the luxury price! You can even vary the materials and design to fit your color scheme or personality.
- Custom Tile Top Table
You don't need experience tiling for this custom design. Just follow the quick and easy steps. Using an end/coffee table you already own or pick up at a garage sale, you can creat a simple or ellaborate design for any budget!