11 Cheap Ways To Make Your College Apartment Look More Grown-Up

Sure, there's room for a pong table.
<p>Left courtesy: Homey Oh My; Top right to bottom courtesy: Brit + Co, I Spy DIY, &amp; Smart Girl Style</p>

Left courtesy: Homey Oh My; Top right to bottom courtesy: Brit + Co, I Spy DIY, & Smart Girl Style

Another school year is quickly approaching and for those college students gearing up for off-campus (or even on-campus) apartments, it’s time to take your decorating game a little more seriously.

Since an apartment automatically screams “more room” in comparison to the bunk bed splendor of a dorm hall, there’s ample opportunity to have a little fun with some inexpensive decorations.

Yes, you can DIY a little side-table out of an empty keg (we’re sure you’ll find one somewhere), but with some other crafty materials, the possibility for great style are endless.

Whatever your taste (or budget) check out the practical decor inspiration below and kick off the school year on a high note.

1
DIY Bed Reading Lamp
SmartGirlStyle

For those all-nighters... or mornings when you just can't get out of bed.

Get the DIY Reading Lamp instructions from Smart Girl Style

2
DIY Hanging Jewelry Holder
I Spy DIY

You're going to need a place for all of those free sunglasses you get on campus.

Get the DIY Hanging Jewelry Holder instructions from I Spy DIY

3
DIY Fruit Printed Doormats
Little Things

Welcome your, err, guests with a fruity mat!

Get the DIY doormat instructions from Little Things

4
DIY No Sew Pillow Covers
Homey Oh My!

Decorate your pillows, because PATTERNS! Also, this is a no-sew deal, so this project will be such a cinch.

Get the DIY No Sew Pillow Covers instructions from Homey Oh My!

5
A Doorway Photo Border
A Beautiful Mess
Dress up your boring door frame with a photo border that lets you ~express yourself.~ Get the photo border instructions from A Beautiful Mess
6
DIY Hanging Planters
Hello There Home

Just another (and more beautiful) opportunity to get a daily dose of green.

Get the DIY Hanging Planters instructions from Hello There Home

7
Washi Tape Geometric Door Design
Crab + Fish Blog

Give a dowdy door a little pizzaz with washi tape -- which you can use to make any (and we mean ANY) design you want. The tape is also a great stand-in for picture frames. Or even wallpaper.

Get the Washi Tape Geometric Door Design instructions from Crab + Fish

8
A Modern Hanging Shelf
Brit + Co

Why hammer shelves into the wall when you can just simply hang up a couple around your room?

Get the Modern Hanging Shelf instructions from Brit + Co

9
Coffee Table Makeover
Liz Marie Blog

Okay, okay, so this is a little more ambitious than the other projects. BUT you can play around with the materials you want to use -- instead of wood, put a cool poster or flag underneath the glass.

Get the Coffee Table Makeover instructions from Lisa Marie Blog

10
DIY Desk Organizers
Hailey Devine / The House That Lars Built

Materials: things from your kitchen.

Get the DIY Desk Organizers instructions from The House That Lars Built

11
Double Duty Dry Erase Board
Paper and Stitch

Leave a message after the beep.

Get the Double Duty Dry Erase Board instructions from paper and Stitch

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