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How Ikea can help furnish a campus bedroom for under $400

Ikea has made its way to Columbus and has brought its cheap and modern style with it, making it a great place to get all your furniture in college. Credit: Courtesy of TNS

When you’re moving into a new apartment or house, how you design your room says a lot about you. However, the perfect room comes at a price. When I’ve chosen my furniture throughout the years, Ikea has always been my go-to destination, even though I had to drive a little over two hours to get there. Luckily, Ikea has made its way to Columbus and has brought its cheap and modern style with it, making it a great place to get all your furniture in college, especially when you have no idea where you’ll be a few years from now.

As many of you look for the perfect space for next year, I’ve taken it upon myself to help you find all the necessities for under $400. Obviously, I’ve chosen the Swedish furniture giant as the place to go because it literally has everything –– even good cinnamon buns.

Bed frame
Fjellse, $49.99
A full-size natural solid wood bed frame and headboard, with a frame high enough to put storage boxes underneath the bed.

Mattress
Hasvag, $179.99
A medium-firm, spring mattress made with Bonnell springs and a layer of soft filling for comfort.

Comforter
Myskgras, $9.99
A thinner comforter with a cooling effect. If you buy this, you’re able to switch out your duvet covers for new colors or designs whenever you want.

Duvet cover and pillow cases
Rodved, $16.99
An easy-care, nonshrink bedding option that resists wrinkles. Made from a blend of polyester and sustainably grown cotton.

Sheets
Knoppa, $3.99
An easy-care, nonshrink and wrinkle-free fitted sheet. It’s white, so it goes with everything.

Pillows
Axag, $3.98 (2)
Firmer pillows with more filling. Standard size.

Dresser
Kullen, $39.99
A black-brown, three-drawer chest. Assuming your new bedroom includes a closet –– which most do –– this chest should be just what you need to store the rest of your clothing.

Desk
Brusali, $49.99
The brown desk lets you hide your cables and extension cords on the shelf underneath, and comes with three shelves for storing those books you never opened.

Desk chair
Molte, $14.99
The chair adjusts to five different heights, so it’s inexpensive and works whether you’re small or tall.

Floor lamp
Holmo, $9.99
The lamp has a cool, paper lantern look to it and offers soft mood lighting. At only $9.99, you also can opt for two of these to add extra light to your room.

Mirror
Minde, $9.99
A simple mirror that you can hang anywhere –– vertically or horizontally.

Potted plant
Crassula, $7.99
It’s fake, so you don’t have to worry about killing it. It’s also a money tree, so that’s good.

TOTAL: $397.87

All names, prices and descriptions were obtained from IKEA.com. According to the website, all items listed are available at the Columbus store.

Editor’s note: this content was not paid for by IKEA. The items at this store made for the cheapest bedroom set.

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