How to Nicely Furnish and Decorate Your Apartment for Under $1,000

When you move into a new apartment, you will undoubtedly need or want some items that you didn’t have in your previous apartment. Every apartment has a different layout, different windows, different amounts of storage space, and other subtleties that can invoke the desire to buy something that solves a problem-whether it’s a new couch when you move up from a studio to a one-bedroom, or some area rugs when you move from a place with carpet to one with hardwood floors.

But if you’re a young apartment-dweller who’s at a stage in life where moving frequently is the norm and paychecks are entry-level, it doesn’t make sense to buy expensive furnishings for your new a


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6 Responses to How to Nicely Furnish and Decorate Your Apartment for Under $1,000

  1. SEW? or not? make your own window treatments, ie simple drapes, scarves, etc. The hardware costs more than the material!

  2. whitestripe says:

    my bf and i have always been more focused on owning a house to put crappy furniture in, rather than renting a house to put nice furniture in – so a lot of our furniture comes from op-shops. we have never had to buy book cases because BF is a tradesman and can make them esaily – the same goes for tables, beds, computer desks etc.
    if you have a skill, consider bartering or trading with another person.

  3. Diane says:

    If you have an IKEA nearby, you can buy some items new for a really reasonable price (although you’ll have to assemble them yourself).

    I’m way past the apartment stage, but I like some of their modern things. Unfortunately, we don’t have an IKEA anywhere close…

  4. Cindy M says:

    In this day and age, if you’re not especially particular, I’m sure if you mentioned to most people you know, family, people you work with, etc., that you are in need of any and all things they want to get rid of to set up house, you’d do surprisingly well. Most people I know have things they’d gladly give away or agree to let you use for awhile, especially if you are prepared to haul it away yourself. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask. I certainly wish I’d done things this way when I first started out instead of spending so much money over the years on furniture, though I’ve always been careful never to go into serious debt for anything. Like most younger people, I was a bit particular back in the day about some things but wish I’d taken that extra money and banked it, swallowed some pride and accepted some older stuff some relative was kind enough to offer. Anyway, I did buy my first house when I was 23 years old, nothing special, so that was smart. But I will never again pay full price for most household goods I can think of. I do very well at thrift shops on most things I think I have to buy these days. There is just so much out there these days if you know where and how to look.

  5. Meghan D says:

    One of the best pieces of advice I got for cheap decorating was for curtains–buy a regular rod and then the curtain CLIPS–then go to walmart and buy a twin sheet set in the desired color/pattern (their Mainstays brand is about $5 or so for a set) and wash/dry the sheets–then use the clips to hang them from the rod : ) No more $30 curtains! I have done this several different times, and one of my favorite things about it is if I decide to use a different color, I don’t feel bad about changing them out because 1) I have a set of sheets to use later, and 2) it’s only $5.00 bucks!

  6. The Rookie says:

    This is my first time moving. Im 20yrs old and I am leaving the nest. I have a 2yr old and I am a single mom. I am currently not in school but I am making arrangements to start soon. Both my parents are deased, so everything is a struggle. The information on this web site was extremely helpful. Not only was the advice helpful but the comments as well. You gave me a hole new outlook on this new change in my life. I was terrified and nervous but know i know their are other options other than braking the bank just to live happy and comfortable. Thank you so so so much.

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