12 imaginative and thrifty ways to improve your student flat or halls

Spruce your student hall room on the cheap with these ingenious dorm hacks that ANY student can pull off.


Get creative with colour

post it note wallpaper
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You almost certainly can't paint your walls but you can do a lot with just some colourful post it notes or pieces of card.


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Indoor plants are a great addition to your room in student halls. Cacti are very easy to look after, as are aloe vera plants.

Get a funky rug

A fun and colorful rug can cover and brighten up drab, boring and dull carpets. Pick one up cheap, e.g. from Rug Traders.

Fairy lights aren't just for Christmas

Fairylights make for a cheap and simple way to make your basic student room in halls just a bit more interesting.

Use Shoe organisers for EVERYTHING

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Hang a shoe organiser on the back of your door and use it to keep in EVERYTHING. Shoes - obviously - stationary, cleaning products, toiletries and even food. Seriously useful.

Hangers can store more than clothes

Hangers can be used to store all sorts, including shoes and scarves.

Use a mattress tidy

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via amazon.co.uk
This handy mattress tidy (from Amazon) is great if you don't have a bedside table. You could even make something similar yourself pretty easily.

Cereal boxes become draw dividers

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Organise your draws with just some old cereal boxes.

Cardboard can make a headboard

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Fabric + Cardboard = surprisingly impressive headboard.

Lampshade noticeboard

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Save space by combining a noticeboard with a lampshade.

Store and hide shoes on your bed

shoe bed
via thechive.com
A great little idea to free up room elsewhere and keep your dorm tidy.

Love Washi tape

via hobbycraft.co.uk
Japanese Washi tape is essentially pretty sellotape. The decorative tape is great for crafts and can be used to make all sorts of boring things such as wrapping books and framing pictures.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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