You’ve finally got some space to yourself and you no longer need to worry about parents bursting into your room unannounced. Moving to university is a big step in your life and it can feel liberating moving out of your home. However, one common problem is that the space you have at university can be a bit small compared to what you’re used to. Even if you aren’t used to a large room, you might often find that storing all of your belongings in the one-room can be rather difficult. That’s why we have put together a guide to help you with university storage and make your halls feel bigger.
One of the most important aspects of making a room feel bigger and brightening it up is to make sure you have the right lighting. If you only have one lightbulb in the room then it can end up feeling dark and dingy in there, so you should consider additional lighting. Using a few floor or desk lamp can help to brighten up your space even during the winter when there isn’t as much natural light. One of the University essentials is fairy lights or string lights to add a bit more of a personal feel to your room. Natural lighting is also important and although this can be limited, it is important to open your curtains whenever you can to get natural light into the room.
One thing that you should consider is that although you might not be able to paint your accommodation, you can still decorate to your taste. Adding mirrors to your walls can help to make any space feel much larger so you should consider a few carefully placed around your room. You can also add things like photo frames or posters to your wall too which can help to brighten up the space. You don’t have to use nails or screws to hang these items either, you can instead use command strips or other brands for hanging.
As you will no doubt be limited for storage space and places to put your belongings, you will need to make full use of the space you have. One of the areas that will be most important in your room is the space under your bed, so you should get some storage boxes to utilise this space. For items that you plan on using less regularly, you could also make use of the space on top of your wardrobe too if there is room. Make sure that you also organise your wardrobes and drawers as this space is valuable, and remember to use drawer dividers to maximise the space.
You won’t have a great deal of space in your room and you will only be able to fit a few choice pieces of furniture, so you should carefully consider what you need to bring with you. For example, bringing large bulky pieces of furniture can make your room feel a lot smaller than it actually is. It can be a good idea to head to an IKEA for some more slimline furniture if you have a lot of bulky furniture items. A great way to make the most of your space is also to push your bed up against two walls (in a corner). This means that is can also double up as a sofa or a place to sit with friends during the day.
If your room still feels cluttered then you might need to think about other storage options. You should also think about what you are going to do at the end of the year. You might not have the space to bring all of your belongings home so you should think about self storage. Get in touch with us to see how we can help.