Simple Home Improvement Tips For College Students

By Danielle Wirsansky on January 20, 2020

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College students do not have a lot of money to spend. When they do have to spend money, the three main things their funds are funneled towards paying are tuition, rent, utilities, food, and textbooks. There usually is not a lot of money that can be put aside and spent on non-essential items. However, no one enjoys living in a space that is devoid of personality or only has cheap or basic items in it. Those kinds of spaces, the kinds that college students find themselves living in most often, definitely call for some home improvement. Read on for some simple home improvement tips that are just the right fit for college students.

Upgrade Your Furniture

One simple home improvement tip that a college student can try is to upgrade their furniture. Furniture can be incredibly expensive. Many students end up getting furnished apartments that their properties offer, which often includes furniture that is generic and basic. If students do decide to purchase their own furniture, it is often a hodgepodge of whatever they could find at the time and could also afford.

Of course, college students are welcome to dive back into the world of thrifting and consignment stores to find other furniture that they like better (and can still afford), but that takes a lot of leg work. You have to find the stores, go search through them, figure out how to get the furniture to your home, figure out how to afford the furniture. And what happens if you cannot find anything you like? Or if you change your mind on the style of furniture you are interested in only a few months later?

If upgrading your furniture in this way sounds like a major hassle, another way that you can upgrade your furniture is by renting it. CORT furniture rental is a great option. The fees you pay for the rented furniture are very affordable, much more so than buying a new piece of furniture. The service is definitely within the range of a college student’s home improvement budget! Added perks include getting exactly the style you want, if your style changes you can trade the furniture in to get something that better matches your evolving style, and when you move or finish school, you do not have to sell or donate your furniture—if it is rented, you can just return it!

Accent Accessories

Another simple way you can improve your home is to use accent accessories. Oftentimes, college students cannot paint their walls, put up wallpaper, or even hang things on the walls (those pesky nails can leave damage!). Instead, show your personality through accent accessories.

Plain white walls can be demoralizing! Add pops of color to your room or home with window curtains, throw pillows, a blanket, or even a rug on the floor. If not color (or maybe in addition to it), it can certainly add more character, personality, or even warmth to your space. Use your favorite colors, or use colors that you think make it classy, or even pick a theme and showcase your interests!

You can find these accessories at thrift stores and other boutique stores. Target is definitely a favorite. CORT Furniture Rental also has accessories for rent that you can peruse, which are especially helpful if you have an ever-evolving sense of style. They even have a section of their supply called “Accent Furniture,” so you are sure to find whatever you may be looking for.

Rearrange Your Room

The last thing you can do for simple home improvement does not cost anything in the way of money, but it may cost you some time and hard work: rearranging your room. Make your room feel brand new to you by moving things around.

Maybe you can use your space more efficiently and make space for a chair that you can sit and read in. Maybe you can move your bed away from the window so that you can get a better night’s sleep without as much light or sound intruding on your slumber. Maybe you can position your bookcase better so that your room does not feel as cramped and closed in. There are a lot of simple options that you can try and play with just by moving your furniture around your room.

Your furniture might be a little bit hard to move so you might have to ask your friends for help—but you can always pay them for their help in pizza and camaraderie!

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Improving your home does not have to be expensive or difficult, and you do not have to be handy to do so. Using CORT Rental furniture can be a simple way to improve the home of any college student!

Looking for an easy way to furnish your off-campus apartment? Renting furniture from CORT saves you time and money. See how easy it is to get great looking furniture without breaking the bank.

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre, a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History, and an MA in Modern European History with a minor in Public History. While a graduate student, she served as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President/Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor). Danielle has been lucky to be writing for Uloop since 2015 and to have served as the FSU Campus Editor since 2015.

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