Summer Furniture Your Student May Need

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By: Lorena Roberts, Uloop

As summer seems to approach more quickly than we all realize, your student is probably getting ready for a lighter class load (maybe none at all), days spent by the pool, and making memories with their friends before fall classes start up again. Maybe your student is living in an apartment complex with roommates, or maybe they have their own place off-campus. Regardless, there are some iconic summer furniture pieces that your student will probably want this summer.

If you’re feeling generous, you might be thinking about purchasing a thing or two for your student. Whether they made the Dean’s List or they’re just needing an extra little something in their life, giving them a piece of furniture for summer will definitely lift their spirits. But you might be lost as to what your student would like to have. No worries — here are eight summer furniture pieces your student might need:

1. Patio furniture

Most college students only have a small patio or front porch. They likely don’t have an entire deck to furnish. Hooking your student up with some new patio furniture might be the perfect beginning-of-summer gift. Need some ideas? Your student would probably enjoy a Bistro set — just a small table with a few chairs. If you’re feeling like a small bistro set isn’t quite enough — you can always spruce it up with a couple of outdoor pillows. **Pro tip: if you wait until after the Fourth of July, most patio furniture and outdoor pillows will go on sale.

2. Front door wreath

Students love to personalize their residence. If you’re looking for a small summer gift for your student, consider making or buying them a wreath for their front door. A quick search on Pinterest will bring up hundreds of options. You’ll be overwhelmed with the number of ideas you’ll get just by doing a little digging.

3. Indoor/outdoor plants

Your student might not feel like they have much room for things like plants, but small greenery can really add to a place. You might want to get your student some hanging pots for their front porch, some potted plants for their patio, or small greenery for their bedroom. Adding plants to your living space is trendy this season, and giving your student plants will save them a good little chunk of change.

4. Outdoor lights

Patio lights, string lights, and outdoor Chinese lanterns are a big hit with college students. They want to be able to enjoy their outdoor space into the evening, so they need a little something to keep it bright. Giving your student some patio or string lights will really brighten up their outdoor space and allow them to take full advantage of their night owl habits.

5. Slipcovers

Instead of giving your student a whole new couch or loveseat, you might look into giving them a slipcover for the furniture they already own. A slipcover can completely change the look of a room. Your student will be able to truly change up their space with just a simple cover over a couch or a chair. Choose a bright color for summer, and maybe even invest in one that can be reversed for the wintertime.

6. Hammock

If your student has a spot to hang a hammock, that could be the perfect gift to give them this summer! Students love to lounge outdoors, especially when there’s a nice breeze. Even if your student doesn’t have a big tree or a big porch to hang a hammock, giving them one that’s portable (like an Eno) could also be a gift that keeps on giving.

7. Outdoor swing.

Have you seen the trending porch swings? There are a variety of styles you can invest in for your student. But giving them this iconic piece of furniture for this summer will really give them a place to relax.

8. Padded wicker chairs

Having a padded chair on the patio is never a bad thing. Your student might really enjoy coming home from summer school classes and reclining into a comfy chair with big cushions outdoors. Look into the chairs that swivel with armrests – these are the most comfortable!

Summer furniture for your college student is the perfect way to add value to their summer. They might be down in the dumps over the summer school classes they have to take (maybe on top of working!), and they’re just not looking forward to the summer months. But give them the perfect summer gift of outdoor furniture and they’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Reward them for earning their way to the top of the Dean’s list this past semester and let them know you’re supporting them all the way.


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