10 Tips on Furnishing Your Apartment for Less
There are many tips that can ease your job of locating the right furniture for your new apartment. Your creativity will play an important part in the process. Here are 10 tips on furnishing your apartment with a limited budget.
1. Use Space in a Functional Way
Wasting space can be a problem for your entire apartment. But,on the flip side, occupying all the space you have may leave you feeling suffocated and uncomfortable. So, you will have to find a balance between the two and make sure not to exaggerate. To find a balance, try to make sure you have at least one free corner in each room where you don’t place any furniture pieces.
2. Get Rid Of Objects That You Don’t Need
Over the years, you may have gathered a lot of furniture and decorative items. Not all of them should used or displayed if they don’t have a real purpose in the house. Getting rid of old or broken chairs, boxes, or tables that you don’t use are all ways to pay off debt. You can trade them for other items that you would use more, and many markets can help you. This is an easy way to gain a little extra cash, or trade pieces you don’t want for some new-to-you items. Purging yourself of unused items can make a real difference and give you the feeling of a fresh start.
3. Use an Air Freshener
The way your apartment smells is equally important. An easy solution is to use a a store-bought air freshener that emits fragrance into the air. However, you can also make your own natural air freshener to save some money. Boil some lemon and orangepeels in a bowl and let the steam spread around the house. It’s easy, cheap, and will make your house smell a lot better. Another useful trick for furnishing your apartment is placing coffee beans on your furniture and inside your closet. The coffee will absorb all the unpleasant smells around your house.
4. Decorate in a Personal Manner
When you decorate your apartment, use furniture that defines your style and taste. It doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money. You can have fewer furniture pieces that you will use, but that represent your style better. Try to be inventive and decorate your furniture by painting it or adding different accessories to it. It will give your apartment an interesting and attractive look.
5. Make Your Furniture
Even if you are not a carpenter, making your furniture doesn’t have to be difficult. You will need to buy (or borrow) the tools and materials, but the price will be less than buying all new pieces. And you can find plenty of information and inspiration online if you lack ideas. When you do this for the first time, it might be consuming. But after you get used to it, you will most likely enjoy it. And it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
6. Stay Updated With Sales in Your Area
When you do need to invest in a new furniture piece, don’t aim for the fancy stores or malls. You can find just what you need in perfect condition by visiting garage sales and second-hand stores. Flea markets are also useful for shopping on a budget. When you shop at a flea market, don’t be afraid to negotiate, because most sellers will drop their price. It is a great way to get quality furniture for less than a regular price!
7. Hunt Furniture Objects on Craiglist
Craigslist is popular all over America, and that is because everything can be found on it, from jobs to cheap decorative items and furniture pieces. All you have to do is turn on your laptop and start window shopping until you find something you need for the right price. You might spend some time looking on Craigslist for exactly what you need inside your apartment, but you will spend less money than buying new pieces and eliminate debt.
8. Apply the “Hand-Me-Down” Method
Sometimes when furnishing your apartment, you shouldn’t look any further than your friends and family. Some members of your family might have moved in the past months, and they might have some furniture to spare. Or your friends might be looking to sell certain pieces and give you a discount on them. Bottom line, you never know until you ask. And why are you buying brand new and expensive furniture pieces, when you can get quality ones for a lot cheaper or even for free?
9. Be Creative When It Comes To Old Furniture
Before you start exploring the markets and stores for new furniture pieces, look well around what you already have. You might find an old chair that is missing a backrest and that can be converted into a nightstand. Moreover, an old table that you can make a new desk out of will help with managing debt. You will need to use some imagination, but you can re-purpose many items with little work and less money.
10. Use One Furniture Piece for More Than One Purpose
Versatile furniture is very efficient, especially when you are living in a limited space like a small apartment or a studio. And it saves you plenty of money for similar items that you don’t need. For instance, you can use your dinner table as a working desk to save space and money when furnishing your apartment. You will simply have to replace the plates with your laptop, and you are all set! Or use the kitchen chair as an office chair.
These ideas will make decorating and furnishing your apartment a lot less expensive and exhausting. You can save not only money but also get a cool, uniquely furnished apartment that you really like instead of settling for what stores have to offer.. And even if you are not on a limited budget, why not save a few dollars when you can, right? Most people decide to go directly to the fancy and expensive stores without considering the cheaper alternatives. It will not make one very rich in the long run. Use your imagination and creativity and make sure you exhausted all your options before buying a new piece of furniture.
Author Bio: Melanie Lawrence is passionate about helping people overcome their musculoskeletal problems, pains and strains. She writes exclusively for MyErgonomicChair.com on those subjects.