Decorating your house or apartment is the easiest and fastest way to make it feel like home. But most of the time, if we have just moved into a new place, we don’t have a huge budget for decorating, so here are some budget-friendly options that will make your life a little bit easier. Before you start, make sure you follow a few simple rules: Don’t bite off more than you can chew! You can only get so much done in the near future, and trying to do a huge project will result in half-finished spaces all around you, so divide the work and do it room by room. If you’re feeling stuck, look for inspiration on Pinterest, in interior design magazines, in a local Ikea store, or just ask your friends and family for advice!
DIY everything you can!
Making things for your home by yourself isn’t just investing your time for the sake of saving some extra money. It also gives you the freedom to customize every piece of furniture and décor, and make it fit exactly the way you want. There are many manuals and online blogs that can clue you in and you can ask your friends or family to help you out. The only big investment you should make are the tools you will need, but you can also borrow them, or even rent! Make sure you look around for a lot of inspiration and plan ahead so you don’t end up getting something that you don’t need and that turns into a trinket that is just taking up the space.
Go for second-hand
Buying second-hand furniture is a wild experience. You will stumble upon some beautiful, but at times also unusually bizarre pieces; however, I can guarantee that you will find something that will work for you and your style. Going to the second-hand shops will not only save you money, but if you go to a store that donates to the Red Cross or another charity, you can also help someone in need while furnishing your own home. When looking at items, try your best not to see them for what they are now, but what they can be with just a little bit of fixing and re-painting.
Another thing you can do is ask people if they are willing to give away some of the unused or discarded furniture. A lot of people have pieces of furniture that are lying around the house, shed, or a storage unit, which they would love to get rid of, but don’t have the heart to throw away. So, ask your family and friends whether they have any spare furniture and something useful might pop up.
Try and think of pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes. Like a cabinet that can be transformed into a table or a couch that has a storage compartment underneath. Buying these pieces will cut your costs as their multi-functionality will eliminate the need for some other items. This is also a great solution for saving the precious space in your home because there’s no excessive furniture. Some other good pieces are shelves that can also serve as a coat rack, DIY pallet mini bar for different bottles of spirits, a table with a detachable tray on top, sliding wardrobe doors with mirrors on them and couches that can be extended to beds.
Hopefully these tips will help you decorate your home to be exactly what you want it to be, without blowing you budget. Remember that not all good things are expensive and that making your own furniture isn’t some scary monster that you need to tackle, it’s just a small puppy you need to give love to. So get those tools and go make your home the perfect reflection of who you are!May 26, 2017