While you’re studying, your accommodation is a safe space where you can really be yourself. A blank canvas that looks identical to your flatmates’ might be daunting at first, which is why we’re providing you with some advice on how you can make the most of that space and really make it your own.
Take Note of Your Available Space
First things first, you need to ask yourself how much space you have to work with. While this might sound simple, many people overlook the little things such as your desk being permanently fixed in place or the actual size of your empty floorspace; no one wants to end up buying something too big for the space. You don’t need to be studying architecture to draw out a simple floor plan to see what layouts you can achieve in your space.
Pro-Tip: Draw the moveable bits of furniture on scrap paper and cut them out, this way you can move them around as much as you like on your floor plan without having to draw a new one each time!
Create a Mood Board
Before each decorating job, you need to know what you’re going for. Whether you’re going for a cute farmhouse vibe or more of a sleek modern look, anything is possible in the accommodation of students at Bottleworks in Cork. That’s where the mood board comes in. With a nice mood board, you can get ideas for layout and decor in mind before you go out to purchase pieces for your space. Although you’ll be getting inspiration from others, the combination that you make is what will truly make it yours.
Pro-Tip: A quick Google images or Pinterest search can be a great starting point for your mood board!
What Do You Need To Work Effectively
While your room is your own personal space and safe haven, it is key to keep in mind that for most students, their room is where they complete the majority of their work. Whilst a full gaming or media setup is desirable, adaptability is necessary in order to maintain a good academic life. What this means is that if you want to set up a full gaming/media rig then that’s perfectly fine, just make sure there’s enough space for you to work as well!
Pro-Tip: Items you use for your hobbies can double up as study tools, that TV you play games and watch Netflix on? A perfect second monitor for your laptop to increase productivity and improve workflow.
Source Items Locally
However tempting it might be, don’t just order all of your decorations online before you’ve even seen the room. Nine times out of ten, your new decorations won’t fit properly in your room (unless you’ve been given the exact measurements of the room beforehand). Instead, wait until you can physically be in the room to really get a sense of the space. You’ll often find with your mood board and theme in mind, a trip to many local shops can result in you picking up items that you already know will fit your room (both spatially and thematically). Plus, who doesn’t like supporting local shops?!
Pro-Tip: Make use of a tape measure or the measurement app on your smartphone to avoid any unfortunate purchases of items the wrong size.
Don’t Go Overboard
You may want to make your room perfect from the get-go and that’s more than fine. However, it’s not realistic to tear down a wall and get solid hardwood flooring installed in most student accommodations, so keep your expectations in check. Take the time to make it your room but remember at the end of your tenancy, you’ll have to change it back!
With your student accommodation, it can either feel like a prison cell or home. Using the outlined steps above you should really be able to get your room just right for that student social and work lifestyle.