Let’s face it; furnishing a new apartment (or revamping your current space) can put a big hit on the checking account, leaving you with nothing but ramen noodles for quite some time. But have no fear; it is completely possible to furnish your home without maxing out all of your credit cards. You just have to know where to look.
Consignment shops and thrift stores are great places to begin your search for new pieces that won’t break the bank. More often than not, these pieces are in great shape with some minor scratches and dents. (That vintage look adds character, right?) However, it is rare to find matching pieces in these stores. The key is to look for wooden pieces. Not only do they stand the test of time, but it gives you tons of options for refinishing. This will allow you to create matching pieces that will really tie the room together.
Newly acquired furniture can definitely change a room, but sometimes you want to remake an entire room and add some new colors. However, sometimes apartment life (and your lease) doesn’t allow you to paint. Have no fear, there are ways to add color without paint that are actually even more budget friendly. Wall decals are a stylish and customizable temporary option that allows you to create your perfect new space without violating your terms of lease.
Try as you might, sometimes you may not be able to find all of your pieces on the cheap. You may have to buy a few new pieces. It is important to create a budget before you start this entire project so you know what you have to work with. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the renovation and overspend. Make sure you save enough for monthly expenses and piece your new room together over a few weeks or months if you have to. Don’t stretch yourself too thin to finish the new room and ALWAYS stay within your budget!
For even more ideas on how to furnish your apartment on a budget, visit the ForRent.com tips page. We all like saving money, what tips do you have for furnishing an apartment on a budget?