How to Decorate an Apartment on a Budget

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Are you moving into a new apartment? It’s an exciting and stressful time. After paying rent, deposits and movers, you might not have a ton of money left over to decorate. And, how do you decorate a rental without damaging the walls and risking your security deposit?. 

With a little creativity, know that it’s still possible to create a beautiful, cozy space! In this post, we share our favorite budget-friendly apartment decor ideas to help you create the home of your dreams. 

Budget-Friendly Apartment Decor Ideas

A new apartment is an ideal canvas to showcase your personality and create a space you love. But if you’re on a limited budget, you’ll have to get creative and find the right workarounds.

Here are six easy ways to decorate an apartment on a budget: 

  1. Upgrade your window coverings
  2. Brighten up with light fixtures
  3. Recycle old items
  4. Throw down a rug
  5. Go green with plants
  6. Add personal touches 

1. Upgrade Your Window Coverings

Window coverings are essential for any living space. Even if privacy isn’t an issue, window treatments help diffuse light during the day and block early morning light when you’re trying to catch a few more winks.

Many apartments already have blinds or roller shades, but why not warm up your space with a beautiful set of curtains? 

Kwik-Hang offers the perfect, budget-friendly solution for renters to hang curtains without drilling or damaging walls. Their revolutionary no-drill curtain rod brackets only take minutes to install. And, take them down quickly once you’re ready to move  — with no ugly holes left behind!

Choose the curtain rod brackets you need, along with a decorative curtain rod and you’re all set to add curtains or drapes of your choice.

To save even more money, you can make DIY curtain panels. Try repurposing a tablecloth or buying fabric by the yard instead of purchasing pricey options from a home decor store.  

Read: Budget Curtains That Don’t Sacrifice Style

2. Brighten Up with Light Fixtures

If your apartment already has overhead or recessed lighting, adding light fixtures may not be your number one priority. However, you’ll probably need some lamps for extra light. Enhance your apartment with table lamps, floor lamps or task lighting to warm up a room.

Merchants like Wayfair.com are great for finding discount lighting. You can also try updating a lamp’s shade to change its style completely. 

3. Recycle Old Items

If you’ve inherited furniture that has seen better days, try giving those pieces a makeover. With a coat of spray paint or new hardware, you can create a statement piece that reflects your personality and style. 

Read: How to Spray Paint Furniture

To update a couch or futon, try adding a neutral slipcover and some throw pillows with pops of color. 

4. Throw Down a Rug

Bare floors can be cold and uninviting. Even if your apartment has carpeting, a throw rug still adds texture and warmth to any room. 

Throw rugs are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate your space (standard sizes are 3×5, 4×6 and 5×8, measured in feet), and they’re quite versatile and affordable.

5. Go Green With Plants

If you don’t have a green thumb, it may be tempting to buy artificial plants. While long-lasting, good quality artificial plants can be costly. Plus, they can fade if placed in direct sunlight or develop a layer of dust that’s hard to remove. 

Real plants may be a better solution. There are lots of easy-care plants to choose from that offer many benefits. Aloe, for example, comes in handy for treating itchy skin and minor burns.  

Check your local home improvement store, grocery store or farmer’s market for a selection of inexpensive, apartment-ready plants to help decorate a rental.

6. Add Personal Touches

Homey accents and accessories will round out your rental unit and add a touch of personality and warmth to your space. Decorative items can be both stylish and functional. 

Colorful photo frames, small vases or stacks of books add charm to any small space. Or, try exercising your craft muscles with a Mason jar decor project

Save Money Without Sacrificing Style

You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to decorating your new place. 

Installing Kwik-Hang’s innovative curtain rod brackets is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to decorate your rental. You’ll never have to worry about losing your security deposit (or upsetting your landlord) by leaving unsightly holes in the walls. 

Don’t let living in a rental apartment keep you from having the home you want! Try Kwik-Hang today. For more apartment decor inspiration, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram.

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