Out On Your Own

Your first home away from home might be a dorm room. It might be an apartment. Or it might be a loft. What it doesn’t have to be is boring. Art Van Furniture carries fabulous furnishings for small spaces … pieces that say “wow” without the “ow” price tag! Here are some big ideas for small budgets:


First, Choose Double-Duty

When space is tight, items need to serve more than one purpose. For example, instead of a bed and a sofa, consider a daybed or futon. Our Sofa Futon is comfortable and chic; no one will guess this opens into a bed. The Sofa Futon also serves as a linen closet; pull the top section up and find room to store sheets, blankets and pillows. Or consider an ottoman that moonlights as a storage cube. For those who answer the “Call of Duty,” our Gaming Ottoman is the perfect place to stash all of your equipment, including CDs, controllers, remotes, nunchucks, and even guitars. When closed, it provides seating as well as table space. Or check out the Storage Ottoman with Trays. This contemporary piece serves triple duty as a table, bench seat and a convenient place to store necessities, such as books, blankets or school supplies. The trays can be removed and used around your dorm room or apartment.



Add a Pop of Color

In a small space, color is essential, but it’s best to keep it simple. Combining one, two or even three hues is eye catching; more and it can look like the circus came to town. Look for this year’s trend of saturated island shades such as orange, lime, fuchsia and turquoise. In a dorm room, the bedspread will take center stage. Our Bubbles Comforter packs a punch in lime and turquoise, and is suitable for girls or guys. Toss a Bed Rest Pillow on your bed and you’ve created the perfect place to study. And add a colorful place to prop your feet with the Bean Bag Ottoman Collection.



And, Finally, Have Fun!

There’s plenty of time for basic beige; it’s time to show off your style. Choose a dramatic chaise for impact. Or keep it casual with an upholstered denim chair and coordinating storage ottoman. Make it to class or work on time with an oversized, whimsical clock. Or choose a unique lamp for nighttime reading, like this silver style with drum shade.


Remember, the design of your first adult space should be memorable. It’s guaranteed to be the place where some of your fondest memories will be created.

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