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"I am about to go to uni and would like to know the best and cheapest way of furnishing my room" Janet Williams, via Email
It’s nearly that time of year when convoys of parental cars rammed with the necessities of student life crisscross the country, snailing along motorways ferrying their offspring to start their next life stage.
We’re here to help you furnish your new room, we’ve rounded up lots of essentials that won’t blow your restricted student budget. Being cost conscious doesn’t mean you’ll have to jettison all semblance of style, for the hard ware of life everyone loves Ikea, but hang on don’t forget there are rich pickings to be had at supermarkets and out of town sheds. First off cruise around online to research prices.
We have several favourites, Argos have two bath towels for £6.99 while you can’t beat Matalan primary bright mugs for £1.00 each and Wilko has a 12 piece basics crockery set for £5.00. Tesco duvets start from £5.00 and you’ll find fab bed linen sets in stylish designs at H&M from £14.99. Must have equipment like a sharp kitchen knife will walk, so keep it squirrelled away in your room when not in use. Grab a fancy knife that will become a lifelong pal from TK Maxx where they stock upmarket brands at friendly prices.
If there’s anything left in the kitty to splash the cash read on for bargain priced to die for gorgeousness. For the price of a coffee and a bun at a coffee bar, have everyday DIY indulgent treats, by bagging yourself a glorious bang on trend copper cafetiere from George at Asda.
Don’t forget as well as being busy making lifelong friends you will be studying, Tesco’s edgy Dalston desk lamp is the perfect partner when burning the midnight oil. If you ever have a lonely moment, this fab cushion from George at Asda will be there to give you a bear hug.
One of our favourite books out there, for inspiration is Home For Now by Joanna Thornhill from CICO bursting with clever ideas you’ll have no trouble stamping your personality on temporary accommodation. And finally don’t forget to pack a supply of Command hooks, put them up to hang practically anything anywhere and like magic when you take them down to move on they won’t leave a mark.
Juliet and Amanda