Getting a place of your own is not only a big deal but, it can also be a huge squeeze on your purse strings. With your newfound independence comes a great deal of responsibility: with bills, rent and living costs to keep on top of.
It’s true that moving into a new apartment can be very expensive. Kitting out your place without breaking the bank can be a challenge. But with a little perseverance and creativity, you can design your dream apartment on a shoestring. Here are 6 easy ways to kit out your place on a budget.
1. Discounts and Sales
Keep your eyes peeled for furniture and appliance sales in stores and online. You can pick up lots of great bargains and save money. But stay focused – write a list. Don’t get too carried away and buy lots of unnecessary things.
2. Check Online
3. Second Hand
Perhaps the most expensive part of kitting out a new apartment is the furniture. Speak to friends and family to see if they are throwing out any old furniture. Visit local thrift stores and flea markets to find quality, second hand pieces.
4. Make Your House a Home
Add accessories like cushions, photos and trinkets. It’s the quickest way to make a room feel homely in an instant.
Do things need fixing or decorating? Why not get your hands dirty and do it yourself? Cut back on costs and paint or decorate in your free time. Opt for timeless design ideas that will never go out of fashion – click here for some interior design inspiration.
Upcycle second hand furniture to make pieces you really love. If you have a piece that has seen better days, give it a new lease of life and upcycle it – repaint or reupholster it to make a perfect piece for your home. Leave nothing to waste. A plastic bottle can become a shopping bag dispenser, these little home hacks are great ways to save you money.
Keep in mind that some things shouldn’t be bought second hand. Be wary of things like mattresses and upholstered items because of the risk of a bed bug infestations or harmful bacteria. If you do want to get something second hand that is upholstered, think about upcycling it yourself, sand it down and repaint the wood and re upholster the fabric. It will look like a brand new piece and you can make it exactly how you want it – totally unique.
Lets face it, getting a new apartment will always be super expensive. But there is always a way to cut the costs and keep your spending to a minimum. If you’re patient and careful, you will be able to kit out your new apartment on a shoestring, and all by yourself.
Have you given any of these tips a go? Let me know in the comments below.