So you’ve finally moved into a place of your own.  Whether your prior living situation was with your parents, with a romantic partner, or it was time for an upgrade, you’ve finally made the move to having your own apartment.  This is a great turn of events, but the next question will always be: How can I decorate my new pad without breaking the bank?  Fortunately, there are many places you can go for low-cost furnishings, and many things you can do in order to make your new apartment a reflection of your tastes and style.  Here are some ideas of things you can do in order to decorate your apartment without spending an arm and a leg to do so.

Can you DIY?

DIY or “Do-It-Yourself” has been growing in popularity recently. These projects allow you to use recyclable or cheap materials to build something unique, all on your own! You might be surprised as to what you are able to create. Even better, DIY projects are always cheaper than buying in-store. Plus, you can customize your project to meet your exact style. Use websites like Pinterest for DIY design inspiration!

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Visit Your Local Thrift Store

If you didn’t already know, you can get some unbeatable deals at thrift stores.  Unfortunately, thrift shops have kind of gotten a bad reputation, but the fact-of-the-matter is they often carry brand new or nearly new furnishings at a small fraction of the price.  It’s not uncommon to find clothing or other items with the tags still attached, and nobody but you will ever know that you only paid a few bucks for that chic end table.

Don’t Forget Craigslist

One of the best places to find cost effective furniture is on Craigslist.  A good rule of thumb is to find a piece that you like and then offer half of the asking price.  You will usually end up meeting somewhere in the middle on the price, but occasionally you’ll find a seller who is very motivated and will accept your offer.

Much of the furniture on Craigslist is in great shape; people simply purchase new furnishings and don’t know what to do with their old stuff, so it goes on Craigslist.  You can get furniture that is almost new for well under 25% of what you would pay in the store, and there’s no sales tax either!

One thing to keep in mind: be safe when using Craigslist.  Make arrangements to meet the seller in a public place, or—if the furniture is too large for the seller to easily transport—make sure you take a friend with you and tell other people where you are going.  It’s a good idea to make two visits: the first time to look at the furniture, and the second time to actually purchase it.  That way you’re not showing up at a stranger’s house with significant amounts of cash in your pockets.

Get Decorating!

Furnishing your new apartment can be cheap as well as fun.  We hope you have fun with this adventure, and can’t wait to see how even more beautiful you can make your home at Woodmont Ridge.