Furnishing a new apartment on a small budget is a slow process, but you will learn to embrace the joy found in the smallest details or the items / improvements you pick up along the way. As you furnish your apartment slowly you will be able to feel how it develops and recognize what you’re missing and what could add value to your life… but first thing’s first… essentials!
BUY A GOOD BED
You spend a third of your life in bed, so make sure it’s right for you!
FIND A SOFA YOU LOVE
Having a lower budget means you can’t afford to take risks buying online. You have to do the leg work and try out sofas. I bought my sofa from the discounted section of IKEA, it was an old showroom model, missing it’s cover. I quickly snapped it up and bought myself a new cover. In the future, I’d love to buy a sofa for appearance and comfort, but decided comfort and price were the most important qualities for me at that time.
INVEST IN GOOD QUALITY
Try to surround yourself with beautiful things you actually love and use. In the long run, you will ultimately spend less on redecorating and replacing.
If you’re moving into a rental, don’t be afraid to make temporary changes. I bought 2 rolls of chalk board contact paper for my kitchen and covered one side of my fridge and the back panel of my kitchen island. The next temporary solution was removing my kitchen cabinet doors to give my kitchen a more spacious airy feeling.
Add things slowly. I started with a very neutral colour pallet, white, cream and grey which I am building on. Try to avoid buying loud piece unless you know exactly how you want your apartment to look. Taking your time will allow you to shape a lovely home effortless.