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Your apartment or dorm might have unpainted cinderblock walls. You'll probably want to make it look better... somehow.
Be fabulous on a budget!

College students have always faced the same problem:
A small, ugly room, and an empty wallet. And somehow, we have always managed to turn that "hole-in-the-wall" into a palace! (Or to make it comfortable, anyhow.)

Here are some time-honored tactics:

  • Thrift stores are full of all kinds of funny, funky, unexpected, old-fashioned, and just plain weird stuff: housewares, paintings, toys, records, lamps, drapes, etc. You might find anything, and all of it is so cheap that it's practically free. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can do with this stuff. Keep reading!
  • Hang Christmas lights around your room. Why not? An old American proverb says it best: "It ain't illegal."
  • Your couch is so ugly, it makes you sick every time you look at it? Then cover it up with some attractive bedspreads and throw pillows!
  • You aren't allowed to put nails into the wall? You can still decorate your walls and doors with posters, art, photos, ads, etc., without using nails. You can buy special adhesive squares that will hold a lot of weight without damaging the paint underneath.
  • Plants brighten up any room - even yours.
  • Make your own curtains using bedsheets or remnants from a fabric store.
  • Cover the entire ceiling with a large piece of fabric. Secure it at the edges, corners, and center. This will completely change the atmosphere of any room.
  • Put a cork bulletin board on the wall and tack on pictures of family and friends, postcards, and other memorabilia.
  • Add glow-in-the-dark stickers to the ceiling. (Just make sure they won't remove any paint when you leave.)
  • Place a mirror on one wall. It will make the room look larger.


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