If you've ever helped a daughter decorate her first college apartment, then you have a unique appreciation for this simple fact: Furnishing or accessorizing your son's first place....yeah, that's pretty much a completely different experience.
In fact, the two events have absolutely nothing in common.
So with that in mind, when helping your college guy pull together a few back-to-school pieces to outfit his first real home-away-from-home, keep these considerations in mind:
1. Nothing should ever match or coordinate.
2. There are really only a few essentials: A TV. A video game console. Games. A bed. Maybe a sofa.
3. Everything needs to be low cost or somewhat affordable due to the high probability that it will most likely break, get damaged or just disappear.
4. Decor and 'so cute' are not important words in his apartment vocabulary.
Let's face it. His list of "essentials" looks a lot different from yours. There's not a whole lot that matters. Except perhaps one thing.
Truth is after a couple years of dorm and fraternity life, college juniors and seniors come to appreciate the simple power of feeling comfortable.
And that's where we come in.
Moms are experts at making even the creepiest living quarters, worth living in. Creating a place that in some remote way feels like a home-- while keeping it affordable and practical---can work wonders during these last years of insanity.
And these simple, cost-effective bedroom upgrades have just what it takes to add a bit of warm and cozy--take a look!
(top left to right)
Low cost, high quality, Nate Berkus Towels, TARGET
Affordable warmth underfoot, Hampen Black Rug, IKEA
Great looks that brighten any space in the room, UPPBO Floor/Reading Lamp, IKEA
Portable organization for what really matters, LACK Side Table/TV-Video Game Console, IKEA
Soft, smooth wrinkle-free comfort at a steal of a price, Microfiber Sheet Set, COSTCO
A comfy spot to study or crash, King Fuf Suede Bean Bag Chair, WALMART
Guarantees a real night's sleep,Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, COSTCO