Six Ways to Upgrade Your Space After College

Brought to You by our Partners at Target

We can’t think of a better time to refresh your space than after you’ve reached a major life milestone. That’s right…We’re talking about graduating college, and there are plenty of ways you can start revamping your surroundings to reflect this new chapter in your life. Need some ideas? Our friends at Target pulled together a list of upgrades that are worth checking out.

1. Refresh your bedroom with throw pillows, a headboard, and matching décor.

Perfectly-placed throw pillows and a harmonious headboard atop your bed can only mean one thing…You’ve officially upgraded your bedroom from your college days. But now that your bed looks picturesque, it’s only right that you pull together the rest of the space with bedroom ideas that match. How about sticking to a theme, like the modern bedroom pictured below?


2. Formalize your seating area with decorative accents.

While college furniture often sticks to the functional basics, your post-grad humble abode steps it up a notch with more cultivated pieces. This isn’t to say you should suddenly shell out your savings on high-end furniture. Rather, you can create the illusion of an upscale dwelling with simple décor pieces like pillows, accent rugs, throws, and more ideas.


3. Create a smarter space with connected devices.

Someone as intelligent as a college grad deserves a smarter home to match, don’t you think? Smart hubs like Google Home and Amazon Echo are arguably the most popular connected devices, but there are plenty of more ways you can create a smarter space. Picture devices that let you remotely control your appliances, and technology that creates efficiency for your everyday tasks. Now that’s smart.


4. Adult-ify your bathroom with coordinating accessories.

How do you upgrade your bathroom from a lackluster necessity to a spa-like retreat? It’s all in the accessories. A decorative woven shower curtain, an identical set of towels, and a soap dispenser to match will keep your bathroom both balanced and aesthetically pleasing.


5. Swap out your posters for wall art and accents.

A gallery wall instantly turns any room from dull and lifeless to charming and full of personality. Now it’s time to embellish your walls in a way that reflects the new—more adult—you. How about retiring those posters of your favorite band and swapping them with decorative mirrors, artwork, or accents?


6. Create the perfect ambiance with floor and table lamps.

Did you opt for the ever-so-classic ambiance of string lights in your college room? No shame! But if you’re ready for an upgrade, you can’t go wrong with a shaded floor or table lamp. The different bases and lamp shades you can choose from double as decorative elements in your space — but of course, the lighting itself is what creates the real ambiance.

Feeling inspired? Finish prepping for your post-grad pad with these moving ideas and solutions, then fuel your décor inspiration even further with Target’s fully-immersive 360 degree shoppable rooms. You can also pull inspo based on your own unique taste in décor styles — like modern, luxury & glam, global, or bohemian. Keep in mind that Target updates their assortment frequently, so keep checking back for the latest!


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  1. Cathy Alexandra Mojica says:

    Beautiful… I love target. Never leave with just one thing.

  2. Harrison says:

    Awesome! I shop from target a lot. I like it!!

  3. Emily says:

    #5 I am in love with!!

  4. Amanda says:

    Live love Target

  5. Julia says:

    Any of these would be great. It would also be great to win the sweepstakes, since I shop at Target weekly.

  6. Andy says:

    I shop for my baby at target they have great rewards, I promise myself to only buy diapers and wipes but seem to always walk out with new outfits and bows!

  7. Kamaljeet says:

    It is awesome for everyone specially for target customers such as me. I love to shop at target.

  8. Annabelle says:

    A little goes a long way, these look amazing!

  9. peter S Conteh says:

    I shop for my baby at target, and i love target

  10. Ceaira says:

    I LOVE TARGET!!! We shop here all of the time. My favorite rug came from here !

  11. Karen R. Coleman says:

    Target have always offered great merchandise for terrific prices!!!

  12. Krystell Montalvo says:

    All of them are really beatiful! I love #5

  13. Prem says:

    I mostly shop from Target. I LOVE IT.

  14. Jay says:

    Awesome! I have nothing but a bed so this opportunity came just in time for next semester of college . Good luck everyone.

  15. Yaneth says:

    I love target, is one of my favorite stores.

  16. Imani Roberts says:


  17. Frank Ortega says:

    I love the store organization. Easy to find things and purchase items.

  18. Leticia Ruiz says:

    Love the ideas

  19. KhaRaven Guevara says:

    I love this, Targte is my go to store to get any and everything for my room.

  20. Tee says:

    I love Target

  21. Anthony says:

    Every birthday and Christmas my family knows that Target gift cards are the go-to gift for me. Not just a store, but literally my happy place :’)

  22. Ginette says:

    These decorations are inspiring! Can’t wait to put together my dream space!

  23. Fandah Ali Atiefa says:

    it is one of my favorite stores.

  24. Darshankumar Rana says:

    These are helpful

  25. Gloria P says:

    I love Target !!!!

  26. Brandy Boczar says:

    Love it

  27. Janessa says:

    I hope I win

  28. David says:

    Big great for me , thank you Target.God bless you.

  29. Martin Arciba says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! I could really use the help with decorations at my apartment. I am a single male. I am also a recent grad, I would appreciate a nicer living space now because I have decided to pursue another degree to help individuals with social anxiety. My major is Neroscience/Behavioral Social Science.
    Peace ✌🏽

  30. Joyce Krakora says:

    Target is a shoppers dream

  31. Anthony Nguyen says:

    Number 2 because it will help your space cleaner and more professional

  32. Heather Penhallow says:

    The first place I think of when I leave the house to shop. Target always has what I need, quality with a great price.

  33. Vanessa says:

    I love shopping at Target, it never lets me down when i look for something in particular specially when im in look for something new for my bedroom

  34. Victoria Lang says:

    You have no idea how baday I need this. Currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree and my room/office are are in desperate need for a Target upgrade. I would LOVE and GREATLY APPRECIATE to get out of the early 90’s design funk my room is currently in. Thank you Target for the chance to win!! 👍🎯

  35. Anjamin Grott says:

    I love target!! I always have a basket full!

  36. Gretchen Lynn Klinker says:

    I need a refreshing look to my new place. Target is a great place with excellent style in home decor!

  37. Lauren Michelle says:

    Great ideas!! I absolutely love Target.. I go for one thing and come out with everything

  38. M.Karuba says:

    Love Target 🎯- fell in love with it in Dallas but when I moved to Pittsburgh,there wasn’t one here😬. It was a great day in my world when one finally opened here ❣️

  39. Mollie says:

    just bought adorable bedding from Target. I am going to be an (RA) in my sophomore year . i want my room to be inviting for the freshmen that may need me for various reason over the course of the year. My goal is for them to feel welcome when they enter my room. maybe a little bit of home , away from home…. so thats where target comes in.. Great ideas for de’cor ,done my way!!! thanks Target xo Mollie

  40. Blas Uribe says:

    Love target, especially their popcorn.

  41. Sharise Smith says:

    Love the read. I am a full time student, but I have three children and I found this extremely helpful to use and try out with my babies in their rooms and areas. Thank you for the great ideas and awsome read.

  42. Matthew says:

    Yeah target!!! One stop shop for anything you may need!! Number 3 is my favorite!!

  43. Cheyenne says:

    Great the wall art

  44. Rute says:

    I love shopping at Target.

  45. nickie says:

    I mostly shop from Target. LOVE TARGET

  46. Ketsia B says:

    Those are great tips for upgrading my space. Target is my favorite department store; I find everything I need there at a great price.

  47. betty hall says:

    We love to shop Target. Got alot of things there for 1st year at UNC-G. This money would really help.

  48. Betty Goskins says:

    Love, love, love the gallery wall I have a great need for color in my home and usually every room ends up looking like a antique store of glass and color

  49. Marguerite Lawrence says:

    These are some excellent ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

  50. Carole Mather says:

    Love this store!

  51. Diana Thompson says:

    Great ideas. Love it.

  52. Kathy Kelly says:

    #3 is great! I’ve already started with a couple of connected light bulbs and would love to add more!!

  53. Nagham Raheem says:

    I love TARGET

  54. Jeanine says:

    Love these ideas. Target is the best getting us through the College years one great factor is you can shop on line have your college student pick it up and there is always a Target near by all the campus’s Thanks target for being my go to store for my family

  55. Rochelle says:

    Gorgeous ideas! I love target and they always have such great tips at great prices.

  56. Suhad Alobaidi says:

    I love it target! All my shopping from target

  57. Farrah Krauel says:

    Thanks Target for a chance like this. With four kids and going to school full time trying to complete my degree i usually do my shopping here anyway simply because it fits my budget and i still can have not only the essential things we need but also we do not have to give up quality! Great store!

  58. Fernando Suarez says:

    Target is a way of life!!!

  59. Paulo says:

    Love # 5 love Target

  60. Irasema Valle says:

    Target has the best deals!

  61. Joyce says:

    These inspired me for my new college dorm I will be moving into this fall! Super excited, and will be shopping at target as per usual for all of my dorm accessories!

  62. Stephanie Potts says:

    These ideas are so creative! Also, the lamps are too cute! Love this!

  63. Savanna says:

    Love the blue and white bathroom items!!

  64. Milagros luque says:

    I shop at target all the time , they have a variety of products and style . Definitely would love to win the prize.

  65. Altonio says:

    Target is such an amazing company. I’m always shopping here.

  66. Kaitlyn says:

    I was just talking to my friend the other day about how she is the only one that will spend hours with me in target and not get annoyed at me for looking at every little thing. I love target!

  67. Ruby says:

    I LOVE TARGET SO MUCH. Literally go there and hang out with friends and buy the dollar things at the entrance, lol!

  68. Bright says:

    This is beautiful, I’m always on target

  69. Stefanie Ehrlein says:

    #1 – I definitely need to refresh my bedroom!

    So Target is amazing but I spend way too much $$ there! Great frozen food/grocery items plus love their clothes and all the decorative items they have. I have a touch of Target in every room. Oh and I bought spare sheets for when my nephews sleep over on the couch – so comfy I want them on my own bed.

  70. NaturallyBianca says:

    Great ideas

  71. Lauryn says:

    Love target

  72. Katie says:

    Like the ideas!

  73. Lina says:

    Target is my go to for everything! From school to groceries.

  74. Lucy says:

    I love target ! I like the organization !

  75. Bre says:

    This would be an amazing thing to win. I start college as a freshmen in about a month! Good luck everyone!!

  76. Heidi Peterman says:

    this year is very rough for me starting back to college after a year away and almost everything lost. You have happy and inviting colors, that would put joy on my face when I opened my eyes, Also have a 13 yr old daughter that has grown up inside your store. It would be appreciated more than you can ever know

  77. Anny says:

    love target, Shop there all the time

  78. Cian Greee says:

    This sweepstakes would be a dream come true. As for any college student worrying about how their dorm room will turn out is one of the last things on their mind as we are so busy focusing on getting the books we need, and also trying to find and connect with new people. Whoever receives this sweepstakes will be truly blessed.

  79. Cian Greer says:

    This sweepstakes would be a dream come true. As for any college student worrying about how their dorm room will turn out is one of the last things on their mind as we are so busy focusing on getting the books we need, and also trying to find and connect with new people. Whoever receives this sweepstakes will be truly blessed.

  80. Barbara says:

    Thank you for all the interesting tips.

  81. Fairuz says:

    Love target, I can find items in target that are not in any other supermarkets. Target items are always good quality.

  82. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love the idea of creating a gallery wall. It adds a personal, one-of-a-kind touch that makes the space uniquely yours. Love, love, love it!

  83. Charlena Lattimore says:

    One of my favorite places to shop, I really could use a gift card having eleven children, this would be a great help!

  84. Stephen. Wuor says:

    Good for students .

  85. Cheryl Partee says:

    I love Target it such great ideas for room decor.

  86. Cynthia says:

    These are such great ways to add not only a new look but adds aesthetic to the room as well!

  87. Samuel Anyakwu says:

    This is great. Target is the best.

  88. Becca says:

    Looking at these suggestions has me really thinking about how Plain my room is. Lacking personality and a sense that I’m an adult. Add this to the long list of adulting things I need to do.

  89. Patric says:

    College guy needing a up grade. A+

  90. Luisa Ramirez says:

    Target always has products that you cant find elsewhere. Always very stylish!

  91. Tessa Black says:

    Target is not your average store, its a place of comfort and smiles. I love this place.

  92. Alexandria Beaver says:

    I lovers going to Target it’s the only place I shop. They always have the best quality!

  93. Joyce Shepherd says:

    I love decorating and Target have given me some great ideas on how to create space in an orderly fashion with a great look. I really love the way Target made the room look, the furniture, wall paintings looks marvelous. I love it.

  94. Salamatu Lima Mansaray says:

    I would love an opportunity to win this sweet sweepstakes because I will be a first year student in college with absolutely No clue on how to decorate or even afford it for my room.

  95. Priscilla says:


    I love TARGET!!! This is truly a store that satisfies all your need as well as wants. The name “TARGET” is great because it targets all that your heart desires!

  96. J Petersen says:

    If only Target was closer to home

  97. Barbara Hogan says:

    I love the decorations very pretty, great ideas for me to use.

  98. Stanley Clarke says:


  99. Joel Iglesias says:

    All of these comments sound fake.

  100. Riley W says:

    I really need help updating my apartment. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  101. Marlene Spolane says:

    Target has come along way with their merchandise. Target is affordable, modern, love when they partner with a designer and make affordable designer merchandise.

  102. Rebeka H. says:

    Target has Everything! And it’s super cute and affordable. I have shirts and swim suits I Still wear from 5 years ago!

  103. Beka says:

    Love love love target! I could live there

  104. Beka says:

    Ooh! That head board is perfect for my room! I love it!

  105. Latrice Evans says:

    I love Target’s room decor!!!!

  106. lendi says:

    I love everything about Target. I always shop there.

  107. Denise Burgos says:

    Absolutely beautiful, love the pillows and throws. Target has so many options,

  108. Lloyd Dushoun Austin says:

    I like number 3

  109. Makahla Johnston says:

    Awesome ideas, would love to try!

  110. ruth says:

    strategic and inexpensive tips to create your own personalize space

  111. Lisa W says:

    Target has been my go to store for many years. They have helped my adapt to the many changes throughout my life. Now as my son graduates college and he’s ready to start the next chapter of his life, we are furnishing his first apartment with Target decor. It’s reasonable priced and we can have home delivery or in store pickup. Thank you Targ

  112. KRISTEN KOEHN says:

    Target has a modern sophistication to their décor that always inspires me to purchase something new and fresh at a reasonable price!

  113. Doug says:

    Target is our go to place for anything we need around the house. Love this store.

  114. Demetric Patterson says:

    I love #1 decor.

  115. ASHLEY WATKINS says:

    Though you can be fashionable , one must agree you can’t beat these affordable prices!!!

  116. Courtney says:

    I love all these ideas. I am a single mom and full time student. I need all the help I can get decorating

  117. Methuselah Doe says:

    Ok. It depends if you have a job after college you can easily upgrade your status. I hoping that target hire me to be their sustainability manager, my area of study.

  118. Stella says:

    I would love these ideas in my home with beautiful bright colors!

  119. Joesphine Vidal says:

    My one stop spot. From food to baby item. I LOVE SHOPPING AT TARGET. J

  120. Donna says:

    Very beautiful

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