0

Are you sure?

You still have in your basket

If you continue to our gift website, these items will not be present in your new Utility Gift basket.s in your basket won't carry over to the gift site.

However, your Utility Design shopping basket will be saved here for 30 days should you wish to return to it.

COVID-19 Update : We Are Still Delivering Worldwide | Sign Up To The Utility Newsletter For 10% OFF Your First Order

  1. Home
  2. Blog
  3. Design Tips for your Student Room

Design Tips for your Student Room

Most student rooms are inspired by little more than a concrete shoebox, so when you move to university finding a way to add a personal touch to your space is so important. After all it’s where you’ll spend a lot of time, and you’re going to want to feel at home during those long days spent studying sleeping off hangovers.

Here are some cheap and easy design tips that will make your student room instantly better (without annoying your landlord!)

Print Your Memories

University is all about fresh starts and new experiences, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a bit of the old with you.  Print a selection of your favourite photos (they're not just for Instagram you know) and display them on your wall to add a personal touch to your room. Most photo print services like Snapfish  and SnappySnap let you upload your photos from your phone or social media accounts and have offers for first-time users, so it's such a cheap and easy way to make your new room more homely.

Decorative Lighting

Lighting will go a long way in transforming your student room from dull dungeon to boudoir chic. Fairy lights or string lights are an obvious port of call and add a really cosy touch when wrapped around the bed frame. For something a little different, a nice desk or floor lamp like this Cinema Light Box will also light up your room with a homely touch.

Shop Decorative Lighting at Utility 

Hang Photos From Your Lighting

If you’ve taken the plunge and gone for fairy lights, why not hang some photos off the strings? All you need is clips or pegs (the ones off your Mum will do- washing will be a rare occasion) to create a personal wall display that will light up the room.

Sunday feels ? #UOHome #UOGoals

A photo posted by H a y l e y ? (@hwil9598) on

Home Fragrance

Nothing says cosy like a scented candle, but in most student halls they’re actually considered a fire hazard. A few alternatives for infusing a lovely fragrance into your room are diffusers, room spray or incense sticks (if allowed). Even some simple air freshener will do the trick.

Shop Scented Candles & Diffusers at Utility

R o ?✨ G o d a f t e n ?

A photo posted by Louise Torp (@homebyise) on

Invest in Good Bed Linen

If there’s one thing you should use your student loan to splash out on it's bed linen. Your bed is the easiest way to add colour to a room, especially because in most accommodation it takes up the most space. Your bed is also where you'll spend a lot of your time so you need to feel comfortable. If you can, invest in a cotton-rich set, as cotton is by nature more soft and breathable than polyester. Anything with a thread count of about 200 will feel great against the skin.

Check out The Independent's 2016 Guide to The Best Single Bedding for Students- starting at under £10.00!

We'll just be here until further notice. ☁️ #UOonCampus

A photo posted by Urban Outfitters (@urbanoutfitters) on

 

Stock up on Pillows

Your bed is practically your sofa in Halls, so pile it up with cushions for chaise-lounge vibes. By making it less like a bed and more like a couch, you'll create a comfy and inviting space to relax in when you're not sleeping- perfect for when you just want to chill or have friends over.

Extent of resume: made Buzzfeed's top trending post about 14 best dorm rooms ✨

A photo posted by Caroline Neupauer (@cneups) on

Wall Decor 

Walls are one of the easiest places to put your own spin on a room- they're like a blank canvas for your creativity. Luckily there are loads of ways you can spruce up your walls without leaving any marks or dents. Tapestry, posters, confetti dots and wall decals are just some ways to add character to dull walls.

Shop Wall Decor at Utility

Washi Tape 

Landlords don't have the best of reputations- especially when it comes to returning your deposit. Washi Tape is therefore a God-send when trying to put your own spin on a room without causing any marks/damage. Washi Tape is reusable, repositionable and doesn't damage paint, so it's great for decorating shelves, accessories or sticking up prints- there's so much you can do with this simple, cheap accessory.

Shop Washi Tape at Utility

Recycle Old Bottles

Wine isn’t just for drinking. Turn empty glass bottles into vases, candle holders, light jars or decorative pieces for your desk. These DIY projects from BuzzFeed are a good place to start.

Wardrobe Storage

Don't underestimate how small your wardrobe might be. Your parents will tell you to take less clothes, but why do that when there's so many cheap solutions for enhancing your storage space? Depending on how much stuff you have you'll find that things like a shoe rack, over the door hooks, scarf/accessory organisers, storage hangers and maybe even a small clothes rail will come in handy.

Shop Wardrobe Storage at Utility 

Sprucing ma room up. ?? #clothesrail #suchfun #ace #roomdecor

A photo posted by Sam Marshall (@samjx.m) on

Storage Boxes

You may also find that your room is not equipped with as many shelves and drawers and you'd like. Over the door storage is a great way of saving space, but otherwise you'll probably need a few storage boxes for under your bed or in the corners of your room. Try and get ones that fold or are small enough to transport as this will come in handy if you move into housing in second year.

The Muuto Restore Storage Basket featured below is available at Utility. Buy now.

Home Accessories

Luckily your student room will be  furnished with everything you need- the only problem is that it's furnished exactly the same as every other room in the building.  Home accessories like plant pots, pen pots, ceramics, candles, mirrors, desk tidies, and other little pieces are a great way to show off your individuality in your room- and it's the small details that make a difference anyway!

Shop Home Accessories at Utility 

Good Morning Sunday ? #mywestwingstyle @westwingde

A photo posted by I N T E R I O R D E S I G N (@lifetimepieces) on

Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind

Despite its reputation, first year isn't just for drinking and sleeping. You will have work to do, and you'll want a nice desk to do it on. Investing in some nice stationery and desk accessories will come in handy when you get round to doing those essays and studying for exams.

Feeling inspired? Check out our top 10 home accessories for your student room 

Shop Student Living at Utility 

How's your student room looking? We'd love to see on Facebook or Twitter 

Time for more? Decorating With White | Office Styling For The Harvey Spector Look 

Next Working Day Delivery

View UK delivery options

Delivering to 150 Countries

View delivery options

Thank You Messages

I have rarely experienced such excellent quality advice, support and reliability. Your staff communicate effectively and helpfully. I am a truly satisfied customer. I love my String Shelving and I will not hesitate to return to Utility for my next purchase. Thank you!

Oct 24th 2019 | Sarah

Your customer service has been fantastic. I'm seriously impressed. Really pleased to be able to place the bigger order and make your time worthwhile. I think I need to send you a medal!

May 19th 2019 | Jason

I just wanted to express my thanks again for your great customer service. I ordered my items less than 24 hours ago and I’ve amended my order- yet I still have my order here with me now. You went out of your way to deliver my order and I’m very grateful. I wish more places had people like you :-)

May 14th 2019 | Louise

Thanks so much for your extraordinary service. -

Jun 19th 2019 | Maria (US)

Thanks again for such amazing customer service - I have honestly been so impressed by everything! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job

Jun 19th 2019 | Amber

Excellent customer service and immediate response to enquiry (live chat). Very happy every time used Utility both online and on high street.

Jun 28th 2019 | Jo

I couldn't be happier with the custom made sofa bought through the online store. It is perfect and made all the more enjoyable by buying it through the guys at utility. Ben and Paul who delivered the sofa were amazing, kind and really helpful in a difficult situation (of course the lift broke when I was getting something delivered). Would highly recommend!

Aug 13th 2019 | Holly

Just wanted to message and say that I'm a big fan of the Utility Stores and the types of products you guys sell. I work close by to the Manchester store at University Green, so I'm popping in a fair bit generally for cards, gifts, etc. I just nipped in again this afternoon about one product I'd bought earlier and the staff were super helpful and attentive. It made it really easy, and I was in and out in no time.

Aug 13th 2019 | Richard

Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to say how happy I am with the service I have had. Especially the two guys who delivered/carried into an awkward space/built/then took away the packaging, not to mention then gave me a lift into town. Thank you. Plus the sofa looks amazing. I will definitely be using you guys more in the future and will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen.

Sep 13th 2019 | Luke

Thank you for all your help and customer service, the Eames Lounge Chair arrived yesterday and I love it.

Nov 1st 2019 | Ross

Comment: I just wanted to say that Esther on the checkout in the L1 store made my day today she was so friendly

Dec 9th 2019 | Katy