Six Ways To Make Your Student House into a Student Home
Six Ways To Make Your Student House into a Student Home By Simon Thompson
By Ellie McCaldin
While a handful of students find a house and stick with it for the rest of their time at uni, most move from place to place every year. And as fun as is it is discovering the perks and the quirks of each house it can also be a little disorientating. Adding a personal touch can turn a house into a home but itís not always the easiest task when youíre always the renter, never the buyer. So here are six ideas on how to decorate your uni home without racking up charges from your landlord after you've left!
Bunting should be the first port of call for decorators who love a bit of twee. You donít need a sewing machine or exceptional crafting skills to make it either. If you have a good hunt for fabrics or bargain bin scarves in vintage shops it can be a cost efficient way to decorate your living room. Make a triangular cardboard template, place it on top of your chosen material and draw around it. Cut out your triangles, making sure to leave a few centimetres of extra space at the top. This will allow you to fold each piece of fabric over a length of string to tie them together. If you want to get the whole flat involved you can divide up the triangles and give each member a few to personalise. These also work well for themed nights and summer parties!
Most student rooms are packed with photos of loved ones/pets/first year bonding sessions. Take it one step further and create a living room gallery of your best university moments to make the shared area feel more homely. Websites like truprint.co.uk and snapfish.co.uk often offer free photos or large discounts for first time orders. Plus thereís nothing like a visual reminder of happier times to validate housemate love when the sight of their washing up has you considering cutting ties forever.
Research shows that having indoor plants improves air quality, boosts productivity levels and keeps stress at bay. Most student unions will have indoor plant sales at the beginning of the year with good deals if you want to stock up. Itís best to buy plants which donít need too much maintenance such as cacti or spider plants. If you're planning on dedicating a bit more time to your new leafy addition go for a Jade plant or an Aloe Vera.
To make these you will need: a set of teacups from a charity shop, wax pellets or old candle stubs and candle wicks, which can be found online or in craft shops. Cut the wick two inches longer than the depth of the cup. Then melt the wax in an old pan. If you want your candles to be scented you can add a few drops of essential oil at this point. Pour the wax into the teacups, wait for them to set and then dot them around the house for a vintagey feel.
Lost and found board:
Hang up a cork board in the hallway/living room area and pin up the oddities left from pre-drinking sessions and nights out. Youíll soon have a strong collection which will undoubtedly include: nerd glasses, ties, assorted hats and much more besides. Whilst this may not end up being the prettiest decoration, itís an excellent way of keeping some of your stranger experiences documented. These also often double up as emergency resources for last minute fancy dress events.
Wrap it up:
Wrapping paper is one of the cheapest and most versatile decorating materials there is. Cut it to fill gaps in book shelves and stick it in place using white tack to brighten up your walls. You can also hide years of student stains by covering the top of your bed side table with it. Some sheets are so beautiful that they can double up as posters for a fraction of the cost.
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