Maybe you’re fresh out of school and settling into your first apartment, or perhaps you’re sick of staring at the same picture hanging above your bed and need to switch things up. It’s easy to blow the bank on designer furniture and apartment decor, but fortunately there several ways to create your own cool space without spending too much.
Our first tip: thrift stores, resale or consignment shops are your friend. You don’t have to use hand-me-downs from your parents or friends, but you can search used goods stores for whatever you’re looking for. On top of saving money from buying designer name brands, you’re likely to find some really unique stuff that you won’t get at big box or chain stores. This is the best (and cheapest) way to add a personal touch to your living space.
Take advantage of online sales; they’re a good way to get that pricey item you’ve had your eye on without totally emptying your pocket. Keep checking prices and look for deals regularly from online retailers. This might cost you more, but it’s a good way to get a particular piece that you want. Lots of online stores run pretty cheap too, depending on your style or needs.
Browse online apartment websites for inspiration. Many times, all you need is some creativity from online sites for you to use what you already have in a more effective way, or get ideas that you wouldn’t normally think of. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ is a great resource that tours real people’s home spaces as well as offering decorating and lifestyle tips for any type of homeowner, renter, budget or living space.