Furnishing Your Apartment – Where to Invest and Where to Save

If you’re not a veteran apartment dweller, you may find yourself with one of many furniture-related problems. If it’s your first apartment, you may not have much furniture at all. If you’re moving from one place to the next, you may have the wrong kind of furniture for your new apartment. Whatever the reason is, it’s important to know what to really invest in and what you can scrape by on with minimal spending.

Let’s start with the big investments. A mattress is one of the most important things to really invest in. Your health and well-being is at stake here, so take care to research and test mattresses to find the right one for your best night’s sleep. It will be worth it when you wake up refreshed in the morning! The next important splurge is good seating. Where will you be spending your time in the apartment when you’re relaxing after work or school? A good sofa, love seat, or armchair is integral to your comfort at home. Invest in one which is both cozy and inviting, as well as one which embodies your style and possibly makes a statement.

Thankfully there are plenty of items you can get away with spending a lot less on. Area rugs and light fixtures can be found inexpensively at larger stores like Target or Ikea. Sheets can easily be bought online at a discounted price as well. Thrift stores and antique malls are perfect for filling in with side tables, accent pieces, and decorative art at an affordable price. An added bonus of thrifting is the character and visual appeal furniture or accessories acquire with age.

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How to save while furnishing your home

Furnishing a new house or apartment may seem like a lot to take on. It can be costly, and take a lot more from your wallet than you intended. Here are a few tips on how to save while personalizing your living space.

-Get furniture from a thrift or consignment store. You’d be shocked at how many pieces there are practically brand new but for a fraction of the price. On top of that, you’ll be sure to find many unique and beautiful pieces that you would have never found at a regular furniture store.

-Consider doing a few things yourself, or DIY, pieces. This will save you a ton of money, while also making the piece very personal.

-Make sure to avoid buying things that are hard to clean or tear easily. That way even if something does happen to it, it can be easily fixed and you won’t have to completely replace it.

-Set a budget. Know what you have allowed yourself to spend and be sure to follow that instead of just getting every nice piece you see.