A recent survey conducted by a vendor of dormitory room products found that 41 percent of college students are feeling the pinch of our country's economic crisis. Many know fellow students who have suddenly found themselves without financial support from home.
News like that makes it even more necessary to create a functional and uplifting environment in college dorm rooms and shared off-campus housing. Yet it is a fact of life most college dorm rooms are furnished with just the basics, such as bunk beds and plain, functional desks. Consequently, students must obtain their own art, area rugs and furnishings if they wish to personalize their surroundings.
By this time of the school year, most students have already decorated and are now in survival mode; they are looking for ways to cut costs and save money.
Some of the best places to scout for bargains are charity thrift stores, such as Goodwill, secondhand stores or consignment shops. Tables, files, desks or lamps are good things to buy secondhand because they can be inexpensive and easy to clean. However, one should take care when buying upholstered items, such as chairs, sofas or bedding, at secondhand stores.