Sharpay from High School Musical isn’t the only one who wants it all. You do too! That’s why you’ve moved away from home to attend one of the top schools in Greater Noida. But as you move into a hostel or PG full of big ideas and even bigger ambitions, you’re disappointed by the blank walls that surround you. After all, plain white walls and basic furniture don’t exactly scream ‘first day of the rest of your life’ to you.
You think about decorating your space and giving your room a new look. But as a student, you don’t exactly have a tonne of money to waste. That’s why we thought we could help. We’ve got a list of some easy and affordable upgrades that you can make to your PG (without incurring the wrath of your landlord or burning a hole through your wallet). Let’s check them out:
Loft your bed
You know those Pinterest photos of dorm rooms that you bookmarked before moving to a hostel? They had one thing in common. And that was a lofted bed. There’s a reason that these are so popular in dorm rooms. Not only will it make you feel like you’re sleeping up in the clouds, but it’ll also increase the storage capacity of your room. And it’s really easy to upgrade your boring old PG bed into a lofted one. All you need to do is get your hands on some risers (which you can get for very affordable prices on sites like Amazon and Flipkart.) Place the risers under your bed and you’ve just freed up a tonne of storage space for almost no effort. We’re sure you feel like singing that you’re on top of the world!
Get a rug for your room
Look, your PG room is not going to have too many items of furniture on offer. But you know what it does have. Floor space. So why not give your floor a makeover (and give yourself another space to lounge on after a long day.) A soft, fluffy, or colourful rug could be just what your room needs to make it seem like home. And it’ll be ideal for when you’re working on a hands-on project or have friends over and want to spread out your stuff.
Photo walls and fairy lights are so old school. You should try something new and interesting in your room. And wall decals are the perfect solution. They come in different patterns and shapes so that you can customise them around your room. Opt for a small set of decals to decorate your switchboard or a sprawling quote that can border your bed. You can even get patterned decals that you can use to wallpaper your room. These sheets tend to be really easy to peel so your landlord won’t have to worry about any damage to the walls (and you won’t have to worry about the safety of your security deposit).
We bet that no matter what amenities your PG in Noida offers you, it doesn’t have an indoor garden for you to enjoy. Luckily, you can grow one yourself. Instead of throwing out your old coffee mugs and pencil cases, upcycle them into planters for your green babies. Drill some drainage holes at the bottom of each, fill with potting soil and plant your favourite shrubs. Succulents survive really well as long as they receive consistent light, or you could get some resilient indoor plants like snake plants or ivy which are pretty low maintenance. If you don’t want to bother with soil, simply place lucky bamboo or a money plant in a jar of water and watch them thrive for weeks.
There you have it. Giving your PG room an upgrade is really that simple and affordable. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try these ideas out and make that dorm room your new home.