Fix Your Crib
Whether you want to give your room a vintage, oriental, or modern feel, here are a few tips that will help you to make your home your temple.
Second hand furniture
You don’t need gold-plated ceilings to let your room shine. In fact, vintage furniture is often much better to give your room a distinct feel. Mamamini is a thrift store with four locations in Groningen, and you can get everything from beds to microwaves there. Mamamini is open from Monday to Saturday, be sure to check their website for addresses and hours. What’s better than spending an afternoon browsing their offerings and searching for the best bargains? Furniture is very cheap: you can find a couch for ten euros and chairs for even less if you’re lucky. Groninger students often make a sport of it to find the cheapest items.
Other options for second hand furniture or other decorations for your room is Facebook or Marktplaats. You can either put up a post yourself mentioning what you are looking for or try to find a person who is offering it already. An example of a page on FB which might be good to check out is: Marktplaats van het Noorden.
Also, one of our videomakers made a video about how you can decorate your room for very cheap. Check it here.
How to move your stuff?
If you don’t have a car to take everything home, don’t worry. You can rent a ‘bakfiets’ to move your stuff by yourself or with your friends. Don’t forget to measure your staircase and door by the way, otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you arrive home.
Ikea, Xenos, Action or Pinterest
If you are more of a modern decorator, Ikea is your Mecca. Located in the east of the city, and on bus line 22, you will find an enormous store full of living ideas. For a small fee, your things can be delivered right to your doorstep. Once you’re done assembling everything, you will have the satisfaction of living in a stylish, budget-savvy and self-constructed room. Ikea is also perfect for playing hide and seek, so you can make it a fun day out as well. Not just the furniture is cheap: for a few euros you can have breakfast and/or dinner in the store, and their Swedish meatballs are a must-try. For paint or posters to vamp up your walls, Ikea is also a good place to go. Don’t leave your walls empty!