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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WVU chapter.

When living on campus in college–especially here in Morgantown, many students trade space for location because let’s face it that dream apartment you keep looking at on line costs way too much $$$$. If you’re wondering how to squeeze all of your shoes into that small closet, don’t stress. Here are some pointers on how to decorate a TINY apartment with pieces that will not break the bank.


Storage ottoman

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Store items like blankets or cleaning supplies and doubles as a seat for when people visit. Other dual-purpose furniture is also a good idea.



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Storage space without the big bookcases.


Light rugs

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Light colors can make a small space feel bigger.



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Matching the curtain color to your walls will make the place feel bigger by giving your eyes the illusion of an unbroken line. Also, vertical stripes will give make the ceilings seem higher.


Lucite table

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Opt for these pieces of furniture over bulky ones to make the space more visible.


Metallics and Mirrors

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Light reflects off these objects making the space feel less small.

Kristen completed her undergraduate degree in journalism at West Virginia University in May 2019. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in the Integrated Marketing Communications program at WVU. During undergrad, she was the managing editor of Her Campus at WVU and editor-in-chief of Mirage Magazine in the 2018-2019 year. Kristen is currently the student editor at 100 Days in Appalachia and a freelance writer for West Virginia-based publications. Previously, she has served as the communications and marketing intern for the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, a writing and editing intern for New South Media and a photographer for the Daily Athenaeum. She is an avid fan of alt-rock, photography and advocating for women's equality and the prevalence of solutions journalism. Kristen hopes to one day report on internet culture and technology. 
I am originally from Westchester, New York. I came to WVU for my undergrad in Strategic Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations and a minor in Sports Communication. My involvment on campus includes blogging for Her Campus, a sister of Alpha Phi, the assistant director of the media team on the Mountaineer Maniacs executive board and lastly, an athletic communications intern with the WVU Athletic Communications office. I will be graduating in May of 2017 and I am looking forward to getting started with my future career in Journalism and Public Relations!