It’s back to school time! For those of you heading to college – or have kids doing so – it’s time to start stocking up on the items that can transform a dorm room or college apartment into a space that feels like a home.
Fortunately, your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore has just about everything you need for your back to school furniture and décor shopping, all at prices that won’t break the bank. Check out all the great things you should look for during your next trip to Habitat ReStore below, as well as some DIY decorating tips that are fun and easy to create with items you’ll find at many Habitat ReStores.
Filling your living space with places to sit, sleep and eat is one of the biggest challenges – and expenses – of living away at college. Habitat ReStore is here to help.
Whether you need a sofa, kitchen table, bed, dresser or all of the above, you’ll find a slew of new and gently used furniture options at your local Habitat ReStore. Keep in mind that every store has a different inventory that changes daily based on donations from your community . Check back often to find exactly what you need.
In addition to the obvious necessities like utensils,
cups and plates, you also may need many other kitchen accessories like a
blender, toaster oven and the all-important coffee maker (for late night study
sessions). Though these items seem like relatively small purchases, they can
add up quickly. Habitat ReStores often carry a variety of kitchen gadgets at
If you’re living in an apartment without laundry facilities, you may need a washer and dryer. While this would ordinarily represent a large expense, check to see if your Habitat ReStore has a gently used washing machine and dryer that will save you trips to the laundromat.
Many dorms are equipped with fluorescent lighting, which can prove harsh on the eyes. Pick up a lamp or two from the Habitat ReStore to reduce this harshness and provide your dorm room with a warm glow.
Dorm rooms and college apartments aren’t typically known for providing an abundance of space. The wide variety of items available at Habitat ReStore give you a chance to creatively make great use of the space you do have available.
For examples and inspiration, check out this Buzzfeed article on hacks that will help you get more space out of a small closet. Materials used for the hacks you may find at Habitat ReStore (that you may not immediately think you need for your college dorm room) include pipes, scraps of wood, chains and hooks.
Blank walls provide a great opportunity to turn a generic dorm room or apartment into a space that is uniquely yours. However, purchasing artwork can quickly become expensive. Most ReStores have a large variety of art at great prices. You can even turn some finds into projects to produce your own unique artwork.
For just one really cool idea of how you can transform an old painting into something new and unique, take a look at number six on this list of creative DIY ideas and decorating tips for dorms . In fact, you’ll probably want to look at all 25 tips on the list.
Speaking of creating your own projects, sometimes the best ways to furnish and decorate your new living quarters are by making something completely new.
The possibilities for this one are nearly endless. See this HGTV article featuring 40 DIY dorm room ideas for inspiration. These ideas use a wide variety of materials you may be able to find at Habitat ReStore, including room dividers, wooden crates, book ends, rope, trunks and brass fittings.
Until 11/30 at 3pm, every $20 spent at the Riverside ReStore (not including taxes) and every complete donation drop off earns 5 tickets towards your choice of 2 different opportunity items, either a Fountain or Entertainment/Storage Shelf!
Winners will be drawn & announced live on Instagram on 11/30/17 at 3pm.
Promotion excludes sales and donation drop offs on 11/24/17 & 11/25/17 during our Storewide Sale for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Cannot be combined with any other offer. For details, visit http://www.greenriverside.com/led
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With a large empty wall space, adding a
single piece of art or décor could still make the space feel incomplete. If you
want to fill the space but do not want to make the wall feel cluttered,
consider adding a repurposed table top backdrop, like this one purchaced at the
Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Riverside! The geometric design of the table
top adds a rustic yet modern style to this interior wall space while
keeping the clock the focal point.