If your parents are anything like mine, they have been showing and texting you photos of decked-out, exemplary college apartment bedrooms. They may have even shown you a few from UCF apartments! You might feel some pressure or odd combination of excitement and anxiety whenever you think of your future set up. Here's the secret: when it comes to decorating bedrooms in University of Central Florida apartments, it is impossible to go wrong. Whether you're a UCF Freshmen moving into your first apartment or a third-year apartment decorating expert, we have some tips that can help improve your set up.
Let's dissect this from the bottom up. First of all, if you live in a one bedroom apartment near UCF, your bedroom is likely going to be larger than if you live in a larger, shared apartment with roommate matching. Assuming your bedroom is average in size and square in shape, arranging the floor is largely dependent on the size of your bed, how much additional bedroom furniture you have, and the things you value most in your set.
For twin or full-size beds, there's a bit more freedom when it comes to next-to-the-wall or centerstage. Personally, I appreciate a smaller bed that lines up with the furthest corner from the door; having a wall means no waking up on the wrong side of the bed! For full-size and up, though, placing it in the middle of a wall sets up a symmetrical structure that lets the rest of the room fall into place. It ultimately comes down to personal taste, but where you place your bed decides where everything else gets sorted.
Additionally, windows and outlets should be considered when setting up. If you depend on your phone for alarms or like to have it next to your bed, make sure the outlet is accessible from your mattress. If you are a bit of a night owl or depend on midday naps, your only roadblock to dreamland is sunlight. Putting your bed underneath the brightest window lets the sunlight shine over instead of on you.
Tables & Dressers
Ideally, your side table(s) will sit on the other side of your bedside outlet. Your desk, if you study best in your room, should also be strategically placed next to outlets. If you enjoy lamps, LED, or year-round indoor holiday lights, you should take note of how much electrical access your bedroom has. Dressers, regardless of size or shape, are most useful on the wall opposite your bed. I suggest, if your ceiling lights are not enough for the nighttime, setting a lamp atop your dresser and at least one of your bedside tables (especially if you're an avid reader).
Something To Consider
One cool addition I highly recommend for UCF apartments is USB outlets that also feature regular plug-ins. This is a simple amenity that proves incredibly useful for conserving energy and outlet space. For more technical folks who use every outlet in the room simultaneously, consider adding a surge protector to your shopping list. Not only will this prove useful when having guests over, but it can literally be a lifesaver in a severe thunderstorm or other electrical hazard.
As I said before, there's no wrong way to set up your bedroom. It is solely reliant on your day-to-day lifestyle, your study habits, and how you spend your leisure time. You have total control of this space, and can always reorganize according to how the semester at The University of Central Florida goes; try stuff out!