Summary: First-time apartment renters do not typically want to spend much on their furniture, but they still want to make their living areas welcoming. This blog offers advice for those on a furniture budget.
When people get their first apartments, whether with roommates or on their own, they either dread decorating or are very excited to do so. Either way, people typically cannot afford to go all-out on their furniture. Follow these tips to get your dream apartment without breaking the bank.
Keep It Simple
The best way to find affordable furniture is if you are not looking for anything complex in design. Look for your bigger items, like the living room couch or the dining room table, in more common colors like black or white. Those are often manufactured more, and will be cheaper than trying to find a bright red or blue. You can mix it up with statement pieces like colored plates or candles. Even materials will make a difference. For example, a table carved from wood will be more expensive than even a strong plastic.
Buy Used If You Can
Shopping for furniture second-hand can be a huge money saver. You might not want to get items that have a lot of fabric or cushion, like a mattress, from a stranger. But you can certainly look for things like coffee tables and chairs online from people selling theirs. There are even stores that sell old furniture from hotels that are still in fantastic conditions. Some of their old chairs make great statement pieces since they are usually colorful and unique.
It is important to understand that you do not need to spend a ton of money to make your apartment look nice. Given that is likely not a large space, you can easily decorate it to your liking.