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Being Space-Savvy in a Tiny Bedroom Apartment

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One of the biggest concerns new-apartment dwellers have when first moving in is how much or how little they will have to bring due to their small bedroom size. Will I have room for my bulletin-board collage of my friends from home? What about my beanbag chair I’ve had since middle school? My shot glass collection?

Truth be told, apartment bedrooms aren’t exactly presidential suites. But, there are a few ways to maximize what little space you do have so you have your dream room, even in a not-so-dreamy apartment building.

1. Desk Hutch

A dorm room staple found its home again. Desk hutches are great for storing school supplies, textbooks, knick-knacks, displaying photos, calendars… really, they can hold just about anything. Plus, with no assembly required and an easy push against the wall, these things free up you work space and are overall, a total win.

Desk Hutch for under $45 

2. Behind-the-Toilet shelf

If you’re lucky enough to have your own bathroom or even if you share with another person, these things come in handy, especially if your sink is lacking surface space. I treat mine as my medicine cabinet, my hair-care supply closet, and my makeup vanity. They easily slide in right behind a toilet so they hold all things imaginable without taking up what little bathroom space you have.

Behind-the-Toilet shelf for under $20

3. Under-the-Bed storage boxes

If you’re anything like me, you might have the tendency to bring more than enough clothes for school. Under the bed boxes are cheap, hold quite a large amount of clothes, and slide easily under the bed so they’re out of the way and allow you to continue to over-pack on those winter sweaters and many pairs of leggings.

Under-the-Bed storage boxes for under $20

4. Cube-style storage containers

These cube containers are both cute and useful. I use mine to hold DVDs and my textbooks and the best part is, I can throw all of laundry on top if it when I’m too lazy to put it away. For the price of it, it’s really a good buy.

Storage bin for under $15

5. Portable storage containers

I find that these have multiple purposes. I use them to store makeup bags for when I travel home, my hairdryer, school supplies that I don’t always need right away such as ink cartridges, and even feminine products. They can be kept insight or even stores away in a closet. They come in multiple shapes and sizes, and I even have a small one to keep all of my hairbands and bobby pins out of the way and in a place where I know I won’t lose them.

3-Drawer storage cart for under $12  

By: Hannah Long

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Textbooks and Textiles: How to incorporate your major into your bedroom design

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Determining how to decorate your bedroom can sometimes be a daunting task. Choosing a theme that reflects your unique personality can be challenging when there are so many themes to choose form. Bohemian? Nautical? Preppy? Edgy? But what about choosing a theme that reflects something that you’re most interested in academically – your major.

SMAD majors

Enter Harrison Hall and you will often find students filming in the hallways for school projects. SMAD majors are a dedicated bunch that can be found behind the lens or with a pen and reporting notebook in hand frequently. To make the white apartment walls appear less sterile, hanging movie posters can make your space feel more welcoming. For journalism concentrations, try hanging headlines or portions or your favorite article from The New York Times or Washington Post. Bonus points if you write for The Breeze and create a collage on your wall to display all of your work.

Casablanca movie poster – $6.99

All the President’s Men movie poster – $14.99

Anthropology/Biology majors

For the students that spend endless hours in the lab examining living things, what better way to decorate your personal space than with animal prints. Some of you may cringe in memory of your zebra print comforter form middle school, but many companies have been taking the classic animal print and making it look a little bit more mature and sophisticated. Another great way to bring some life into your room would be with living plants. Adding low maintenance succulents in your room can create a calming environment without creating a lot of extra work for you.

Animal print throw pillow cover – $37.79

Succulent plant – $3.95

Art History

Studying old pieces of art can put some to sleep, but no art history majors. From the Renaissance era to the Romanticism era, this group loves analyzing the careful strokes of each art piece. Because many college students cannot afford to put the actual piece of art on their wall (Andy Warhol’s “Turquoise Marilyn” is valued at $80 million!), a great alternative is getting the print on a poster board. It’s much more affordable and easier to take down and transport if you move apartments. Frame the poster with a cheap frame from your local thrift store to give the artwork more legitimacy.

“Turquoise Marilyn” canvas – $20.81

English

English majors can often be found on The Quad or in Carrier Library reading a novel. To house the extensive library these majors have developed over the years, installing book shelves or investing in a desk hutch are space saving solutions. To add literary life to your bedroom decor, invest in throw pillows that feature some of your favorite classic novels.

Bookshelf – $19.99

The Catcher in the Rye throw pillow – $18.34