• Kate Neilson

How to nail the twenty-something home aesthetic

If you're under the age of 30 and living out of your family's humble abode, chances are that you're probably living in a bit of a shit pit. Sure, you might have splurged for a fancy looking fridge and taken a few bits and bobs from K-mart's latest homewares drop but I can guarantee that your bathroom ceiling is covered in mould and that your washing machine (if you even have one) is placed in a communal living area, like in your kitchen.

It's all just a part of being a youngen. We need to experience living in a flea ridden, damp den in order to appreciate the first home that we'll never be able to afford to buy. We need to spend months sleeping in the same sheets, weeks using the same bath towel and days wearing the same bra, in order to truly appreciate the perks of our bi-yearly visit home because one day we will be those adults with dependents leeching off our linen cabinet, so we need to have experienced the other side of things.

Each year that you get a little but older, you'll start to make little home improvements like buying fancy soap, spending money on Tupperware and finally paying for someone to check out the putrid sewage smell that's seeping from your toilet. For now though you can get by in your lil crap shack with some of these stylish 'n' cheap DIY twenty-something furnishings.

Milk Crates

While these fucking things were the bane of your existence when you used to work in that awful hospo job, lugging crates of milk about, now they'll act as very chic millennial furniture options that you can mix and match around your pad.

Like these funk floating shelves below. Nifty right? And they probably didn't even cost a dime. You can literally just find these things rolling around on the side of the street.

Maybe if you're a little more handy (or are banging someone who is handy) you could try making yourself a cool milk crate lamp shade to give your apartment a real industrial look and feel, or if you know diddly-squat about building stuff you can still make a very swish looking shelf, all you need are a few crates and some plywood. Piece of cake. You don't even need to nail/glue anything together just pop your shit right on top and you're good to go.

PVC Pipe

This stuff is great because it's cheap as fuck and comes in all different shapes and sizes, perfect for making a little rod to hang your clothes/plants on OR opt for a 'thicker' option and you can store bits and pieces inside it, like your shoes, magazines, umbrellas, kitchen utensils etc.

Corks/beer lids

Not that you ever need an excuse to finish a bottle of wine, but you can make some pretty interesting (and necessary) household items out of corks. They're super absorbent, so would make for a great bathmat (that's a lot of drinking), or take on a smaller project and make coasters or heat mats for your pots & pans. Only downside to this one is that wine corks are hard to come by these days, especially when it comes to the cheap plonk that we're used to consuming. An alternative for this would be to use beer lids to make fun coasters to put your new beer on. It's like beer-ception.

Random household items

If you look at something in your house for long enough, you'll probably be able to think of an interesting second or third use for it. All you've got to do then is take a stroll through your local op-shop and wait to be inspired. Cheese grater light shades, coat hanger hooks, skateboard shelving, whisk candle holders...the opportunities are endless.


Pallet furniture is VERY on trend at the moment. Having a pallet bed frame is kind of like having a messy bun that you spent 20 minutes trying to put together, you want to achieve that effortless look but you actually had to put in a little bit of effort to get there.

It's not just beds that you can make though, turn that bad boy vertically and you've got yourself a great place to hang your plants, especially if you're living in an apartment and are feeling like your balcony is lacking a little greenery. You can also stack a few different sized crates on each other to create an eye-catching garden bed. Voila!


These DYI chairs are for those who are feeling a little more ambitious as I imagine they're not all that easy to create but you could always just tie a pillow around it with a piece of rope and call it a day...Also, how cute are these little doggo beds. I would 100% spend an entire afternoon painting my flat tyre hot pink for my doggo's comfort.

All images were sourced from Pinterest.

Kate Neilson is a list maker and a booty shaker. She is the creator of Twenty Something Humans and can be lurked on IG @katiepotatierose.

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