Maximize Your Space: Student Living

Moving into your own room or apartment can be daunting. It’s most likely your first time living away from home and living alone.

However, it can be really exciting too! There’s a lot of things to discover around you and about yourself that you wouldn’t have space or courage to do so.

Speaking of space, having your own space means having the freedom to design it and make it your own! No matter how limited your space may be.

If you’re ready to make it your own, here are a few tips on how to maximize your new space.

Invest in multi-purpose furniture

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Dorm rooms and apartments are notorious for being tiny and cramped and adding furniture can be quite a spectacle. Two chairs, a desk, and a bookshelf can be perfect for a larger condominium unit but not the average dorm room. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have them!

Instead, invest in furniture that doubles or triples in function. With the advent of smaller living spaces and minimalist designs, you can find these types of furniture easily! There are tables that double as a small bookshelf or bed frames with drawers underneath for your shoes and other knick-knacks. You just need to know where to find them.

Utilize your walls

Instead of buying bulky cabinets, use your white space. Not only does this make your living space more lived in by adding a splash of color or two, but it also creates additional storage areas.

Hang up pegs for your jackets and coats instead of investing in a coat hanger. Buy a hanging shoe rack instead of a traditional bulky one that blocks your doorway.

Choose your room color wisely

Student bedroom with hardwood floor and bunk beds – artwork is from photographer portfolio

Not every dormitory or apartment allows its residents to paint their walls or make permanent adjustments but if you’re one of the lucky ones that are allowed to do so, start with the paint or wallpaper.

Did you know that calm, even-toned rooms can appear larger to the eye? This is because these colors reflect light instead of absorbing it, as opposed to darker colors. To avoid your flat falling flat (see what I did there?), add in some patterns in the same or close color family.

Suggested colors include beige, cream and pastel colors!

Think vertical

Maximizing your space isn’t exclusive to maximize your floor space. Don’t forget that you have several feet of unutilized space when you look at things vertically.

Don’t be afraid of going up. Use the space on the top of your cabinets and bookshelves. Put the little trinkets you can’t let go of on top of these platforms. Not only will you add in a personal touch but it will also make the room look and feel like it has a higher ceiling.

A friendly reminder though, make sure to space out your cabinets and bookshelves. Best put them in one corner instead of creating a double tower-like structure in your room.

Choose your divider well

If you’re living with a roommate or two, privacy can be an issue. Since you can’t exactly put a wall to divide your space, what can you do?


Instead of buying a divider, you might want to partake in a small DIY project. With curtains and nylon, you can easily create a divider you can remove anytime you want. This best works in a dormitory room with two or more residents. For studio-type rooms, you can use foldable screens or maximize the use of your furniture as dividers.

Lastly, declutter

Alternatively, edit yourself. A method you can try is the KonMari method. It’s a Japanese method organizing where you gather all your belongings and categorize it into different categories. This will allow you to decide which items are really important to you, and which items you can live without.

You know what they say, less can be more. It’s not about the size of your space but in how you utilize it. Declutter, maximize your vertical and horizontal space, invest in multipurpose items, utilize your walls and your creativity and you should be fine.

Now, go forth and create your own space!


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