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Utilize space wisely in your off-campus apartment

Cotton or linen drapes are great for hiding your personal office space in your off-campus apartment.

Cotton or linen drapes are great for hiding your personal office space in your off-campus apartment.

Recently, we covered a solution for the age-old issue of a lack of privacy in the college dorm room by hanging a canopy of drapes around the bunk to create a quiet – albeit small – personal space. While this solution may be great for individuals living on campus, many upperclassmen have other issues regarding space in their off-campus apartments.

Usually, housing aimed at attracting college students isn't luxurious or expansive. In fact, a lot of off-campus residences tend to fit as many roommates into a single cramped unit as possible for affordability – after all, undergrads are too busy studying to commit to full-time jobs.

If you have moved into an agreeable but less-than-ideal living situation this fall where space is at a minimum, there are a lot of simple tricks you can do around the apartment that utilize what square footage is available to the fullest.

For instance, if you have an extra closet somewhere in the house – or even just the closet in your bedroom – you can easily turn it into a miniature study by building a desk within. Simply hang a shelf at chair level and you have a good platform to rest your laptop on and write your essays. Remove the door from the closet and instead hang a drape over the frame to conceal your home office when you aren't using it and conserving the space taken up by an ajar door when you are. 

A cotton or linen drapery is perfect for accomplishing this, as these are durable materials that can withstand the abuse of a college apartment.