How To Make Your Dorm Furniture Work in Your First Apartment
Moving into your first post-college space is exciting, right up until the first time you walk into West Elm and realize that, yeah, you’re going to need three or four paychecks just to buy a sofa. In the meantime, you’ll have to make the stuff you already own work for your new place.
Dorm furniture is not known for its style, but here are some new ways to use or make over three ubiquitous college-era staples.
Make it over.
Jennifer of Delightfully Noted gave a “green and ghastly ol’ futon” a lemon yellow facelift (above) with a can of white spray paint and a cover ordered from Amazon.
Use it as a daybed.
Inspired by this piece in Caryn’s House of Boys (With Plenty of Pink), leave the futon in its bed state, and nudge it into a corner to create a daybed-style sofa layered with lots of chic throw pillows.
Plastic Storage Bins
Make them over.
On Oh Oh Blog, Amaryllis dropped pretty paper-wrapped chipboard into the front of her clear plastic drawers for instant oomph.
Topped with a cushion as a bench.
The colorful storage benches above are from UK retailer Graham & Green, but you can use them as inspiration to add a cushion and turn your trunk into a bench if it’s sturdy enough.