Stylish and cheap finds: I’m settled in, and I love my room!
But let’s talk furniture. It’s what I’m here for. And that’s most important. I go to the Ohio State University–which is considerably out-of-state–so it was logistical puzzle assembling all my room furniture while my roommates simply brought a lot of their stuff from home. I was on a budget of money and time and limited truck rentals. PLUS, if not most importantly, I had to take responsibility for my design decisions. I owed that to myself and everything I held inviolable. I mean, I am practical and stuff, but for me, I rather have peaceful, empty space than something that I hated. Also, my parents are traditional Chinese, so I had the added pressure of being extra cheap. YET I PULLED IT OFF. It was a bit stressful at times–decisions were sometimes made after flustered hesitation (bless the friends that came to IKEA with me), and it took negotiation with my mom about prices, but I absolutely adore everything in my room, and all purchases totaled under $300.
Unfortunately, I can’t put up pictures of my room until I find a camera that captures the sunlight just right. (That might sound snobby, but the digital camera I have right now is REALLY, REALLY bad. It, like, makes stuff darker or lighter than it actually is.) But what I CAN do is list all the purchases I made and give rave reviews of them. But first, I would like to say a few things about IKEA.
- IKEA is amazing.
- IKEA is cheap. (Prices and quality are Asian mother approved.)
- IKEA is easy to put together. (My mechanical skills aren’t bad, but still. Really easy.)
- IKEA is well-designed.
- IKEA furniture has energy. (Seriously. I see the expensive stuff in up-scale contemporary stores, and most of it feels empty and soulless. You’re much better off getting an equally well-, if not better, designed cheaper version of what you’re looking for at IKEA, where pieces have the fun vibe of creativity and innovative design. Or maybe I’m just weird. Whatever.)
I went creative (okay, fine, I did copy my friend) and opted for a sofa bed instead of a regular bed.
I always keep it folded down, and I love it! I’m probably going to always get this sofa bed for myself no matter how rich I am. Why my bed is so amazing:
- it is a beautiful, black slab of serenity and calm
- the LOVAS mattress (the firmest of the BEDDINGE mattresses) is really nice to sleep on. I didn’t think it would be at first, but I actually like harder surfaces
- it’s simple like a platform bed
- it can double as a couch if need be
- it comes with those two pillows. I know.
- it has so much space!!
Desk, Chair, and Lamp:
All IKEA, of course! And all stylistically coordinated! (But not in an annoying way.)
- Yes, the table is nice and sturdy. (Better on hardwood floors, of course.)
- The chair is actually a bright red. The picture’s color is off. And the work lamp is the same bright red.
- The work lamp is bendy!
- The SKUBB drawers go inside the organizer.
- Check out Target’s customizable itso storage collection! I got three of these boxes and pinned two of the them together. The third I use as a nightstand.