The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Apple Tree ~ Inexpensive university or college dorm room decorating ideas! This is how we decorated my daughter’s room while she is away at university in medical school.
During my month long stay in Brisbane I helped my daughter Toni move. When she first landed in Brisbane six months ago to start medical school she leased an apartment that was fully furnished. She is now sharing a condo with two friends but had to furnish her bedroom on a very tight budget. I had a lot of fun helping her with the shopping and the setting up. Every since she was a little girl she has also been very organized and loves organizing. I wonder where that quality came from?
Our first stop in order to buy the larger items was Super A-Mart. Not having a vehicle we had to take an hour and a half return bus trip to another area of the city and make a 20 minute walk in the pouring rain to the store and back to the bus stop. Luckily, all of the larger items and the duvet/quilt, pillows and mattress pad we wanted to buy were in this one location. The service was great in the store and the service was even better after the purchase because everything was delivered on the date and during the time frame they said it would be delivered.
The rest of the smaller and accessory items were bought at Kmart and Target. Luckily, both stores were walking distance away and the rain went away. Even though we were furnishing just one room, it was amazing how much time, decision making, planning and organizing it took to get the job done.
I am a firm believer that if you are going to be well rested and be able to function during the day you need a good mattress. Needless to say the bed was the most costly item. It wasn’t the most expensive in the store but it wasn’t the cheapest either. Just something in the middle. Toni wanted a white quilt cover and she was smart to choose one that had textured fabric because its design very nicely hides the wrinkles. She loves purple so that became the accent colour. The sheets are mauve and the throw pillows and extra comforter are a jewel tone purple. Notice the two extra pillows accented with embroidered butterflies in a variety of colours including mauve and purple. I think she spent her birthday money very well on this functional and decorative bedding!
The next big item was the dresser. Above the dresser is a black with white fabric memo board that was suspended with a purple ribbon hanging over a 3M Command Brand removable hook. Since this is a rental she is not allowed to use any nails or screws on the walls.
One item that required putting together was the cube storage unit. It fits perfectly along one wall under a window. Right now it is a bit empty storing purses and some books but I am sure it will be filled up in no time.
The next must have items were the desk and the study chair. Unfortunately, two more items that had to be constructed. Toni really wanted a comfortable chair because that is where she spends a lot of her time. The desk is a corner desk with lots of neat shelves for storing all kinds of things including inexpensive storage containers and of course, her medical school resources. This is soooo Toni. Notice the two sets of anatomy flashcards and the medical textbooks. Thanks to Wes for helping to put together the cube storage unit, the chair and the desk!
For the extra lighting we found two really inexpensive lamps. The one on her bedside table has a purple shade to complement the colour scheme. Instead of buying a desk lamp her roommate suggested she buy a pole lamp that came up from behind the desk. We found a really inexpensive one with two light fixtures. One is directed towards the ceiling and the second provides the desk with extra light for reading. That was a brilliant idea Erica!
It is amazing what wonderful inexpensive organizers can be purchased at the dollar store.
Dorm rooms can get chilly. An inexpensive ceramic heater can help keep things warm and cozy.
It is so nice to have storage space for the various student resources.
And lastly, some decorative touches just to make the bedroom feel more like home. A stuffy from childhood days….
An academic award from high school days….
“Change is life giving. It helps us grow into someone greater than we already are.”
And lastly, something to fill up a blank white wall. Toni got this flower art work at Kmart for $12.00! A final decorative touch to complete the bedroom!
So as the apple tree who loves to organize, it was so much fun to help Toni, the apple furnish and decorate her bedroom. This is where she will spend many hours while she works through her medical school program. There were four priorities that helped decide what to purchase. The items had to make the bedroom comfortable, functional, decorative, budget friendly and most of all, organized.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of her newly furnished room as a medical student studying in Australia.
What are your thoughts about having to furnish a completely empty bedroom?
Here is another idea showing how my other daughter displayed her photographs from her travels in her bedroom…
Thanks for stopping by and spending ‘Time With Thea’!