According to a survey completed by Apartments.com, 38-percent of respondents said sticking to a budget is the hardest part of decorating an apartment. Using cheap and cute ways to decorate not only ensures you adhere to your budget, but that you also give your apartment a fresh look. Apartment decorating ideas make use of items you already own, as well as cheap finds.
Thrift Store Finds
Thrift stores are a haven for cheap and inexpensive decorations. Not only will you find inexpensive furniture, but also vases, picture frames and other knickknacks. Look for old juice glasses or wine glasses and group the glasses on shelves in clusters of three or five. Use glasses with a texture or unusual pattern, even if the glasses have different colors. Create a similar look using pottery in a complementary colors or even a display of small brass knickknacks.
Create new furniture from items you already own or those you find from family members or friends. Tie old aprons around the backs or seats of dining room chairs. Reupholster old chairs and couches with a cheap material from your local fabric store. Or drape old or new sheets over couches and chairs, turning the sheets into new slipcovers. Even repainting a wood desk breathes new life into the piece.
Make a Statement
Many apartments do not allow residents to paint the walls or use any type of permanent decoration, because you must put everything back to original at the end of your lease. Wall decals let you get around that rule because these large stickers make a dramatic impression, but quickly peel off. The backs feature a sticky substance that won’t permanently adhere to the walls. Or simply hang a variety of picture frames on one wall. Remove the existing pictures, replacing them with wallpaper samples. Arrange the picture frames into a unique display on the wall.
Bringing flowers into your home is a cheap and cute way to decorate your apartment. Even if you can’t afford fresh flowers regularly, fake flowers give you the same look. Opt for flowers with a more realistic look, such as those with several shades or those with a softer texture. Display arrangements of fake flowers all over your apartment, using a different type or color of vase in each room. Change out the flowers every month and use flowers that mimic the ones found in season.