Moving into your own rental apartment is an exciting milestone on the road to adulthood. Decorating your own rental apartment, however, may not evoke the same enthusiastic feelings, particularly as you transition into the reality of having to pay your own way! It is likely that the vast majority of the money you have saved up for your own place will go towards your first and last month’s rents, and your security deposit, but this doesn’t mean that you are destined to spend your first year with bare walls and no furniture. Take it from those who have been there before you…a little creativity will go a long way and before you know it, you will be glancing around at your fully furnished and decorated new home.
When it comes to your new rental apartment, the thrift store is your new best friend. Not only can you equip your entire kitchen with a full arsenal of pots, pans, dishware, and cutlery for a fraction of what these items would cost you in a department store, but you can also find all of the small appliances that will make your new place feel like home without breaking the bank. Coffee pots, toaster ovens, and even microwaves can be found in great condition at a quality thrift store. Additionally, look here for some of your larger furniture pieces. Thrift stores are a great place to find sofas, loveseats, bed frames, dining room tables, and any number of other furniture items at a super reasonable price.
Your next best friend will be the dollar store. Equipping your rental apartment is fun and easy when you know you can do it inexpensively! These are great shops to find organizational bins, kitchen items, shower curtains, and many of your basic toiletry needs. If there are certain things you aren’t willing to purchase used, head to your local dollar store first before giving in to higher-priced retailers.
Beg & Borrow
Many first-time renters save all sorts of money tapping into their most basic resources…their parents, family, and friends. Consider asking for any donations that they might be able to make towards your goal of having a fully furnished rental apartment. A couch from your uncle, a table from mom and dad, and a television from your best friend…before you know it you will be good to go.
If the thought of having a rental apartment full of a collection of mismatched furniture sounds anything but ideal, don’t stress! There are so many simple ways that you can work to tie it all together. Couch covers can be found in various patterns, sizes, and materials to make an incompatible living room feel like it was meant to be paired! Tables can be sanded down and re-stained and sealed for next to nothing. Tapestries can be used to cover tables, benches, or recliners, or they can be repurposed as comforters. Can’t find a set of chairs? Make your home unique and artistic by making this a part of your theme. Find a whole bunch of interesting and different chairs so that no two are alike in the space. With a bit of thinking outside of the box, there’s no limit to what you can come up with.
Moving into your first rental apartment is the time to really hone in on your inner Martha Stewart. Decorations and artwork can be expensive, but creating projects that enhance the beauty and livability of your space can be a whole lot of fun on top of not emptying your wallet. Go onto sites like Pinterest to find interesting and cheap ways to spruce up your space!
Know Where Not to Compromise
It’s only fair to mention that there will be a few things that you will most likely want to spend the extra dough on for your rental apartment. Don’t compromise quality over cost when it comes to your bed, for example. Not only is a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed imperative to your health and well-being, but sleeping in somebody else’s used bed just sounds rather off-putting, right? You will also likely want to purchase your towels and rugs new. You don’t want to drag in dirt from other people’s homes and, well…washcloths. Need we say more?
Looking for a Rental Apartment in Hattiesburg?
Now that you know how to decorate your apartment on a budget, the only thing left to do is sign a lease on your perfect property! At Hattiesburg Apartments, our team can’t wait to get you into your first place! With 17 quality neighborhoods to tour, we know that we can help you find the apartment that’s just waiting for your personal touch. Take a look through our database of available properties today and contact us to begin hunting!