So, you've moved out of the dorms and now you've finally got some space to create a baller living arrangement. What should I buy first is the question you should probably be asking yourself.
After covering the basics, (ie a big new bed, sofas, arm chairs, a dresser, and a nightstand) you'll want to put some thought into what you're going to buy to make your apartment or house stand out from all of your buddies' places. Since most college guys have pretty much the same design theme going (beer signs, cliché drinking posters, and a lineup of all the classiest booze they've inhaled in the past few months- all essential by the way), it's not hard to do something different that will really make your new college place stand out from the rest.
Here are four ideas you can use to trick out your college pad that won't completely break the bank:
1. Buy a movie projector. For the prize of a small flat screen television, you can buy a small movie projector that will let you play movies on a screen the size of your largest bed sheet. Imagine playing Nintendo Wii outside on a screen the size of a king-sized mattress! Now that's pimp.
2. Create a custom beer pong table. No, we're not talking about getting a pledge to paint your Greek letters on an old sheet of plywood. Instead, buy a thick sheet of new plywood and pay an art student to spray you a custom design. Laminate the tabletop and set it on top of two sawhorses or a long card table. The whole thing should cost you under $ 150 depending on the deal that you negotiate with the artist.
3. Hook up a large flat screen computer monitor. Think about all the time you spend online. Don't you think that a big monitor would be a wise investment? Big monitors not only look cool, but they can be better for your eyes as well. That should be good justification for the 'rents.
4. Buy a Wii. If you don't have a Nintendo Wii yet, you're missing out. Even if you're a serious gamer, a Nintendo Wii is a great social investment. With a Wii, your place will become the off-night party spot.
Now that you've got some ideas for what you're going to do with your college place, getting started should be cake.