One great thing about living in a small space is that it takes less money to decorate. When you’re living in a studio apartment, it is entirely possible to make it look like a million bucks without breaking the bank. For less than $1,000 you can create a fun and functional home that you’ll love.
Let’s Break it Down…
- Stick to the Plan – Before you ever leave the house to hit the stores, put a game plan on paper. This means setting a budget and sticking to it. It also means making a list of the things you plan to buy and taking it will you so you won’t get sidetracked by cute things you don’t really need.
- Good Sleep is Priceless – While used items are fantastic for most things, when it comes to sleep, don’t cut corners. The majority of your budget should be spent on making sure you don’t pay for your frugality with body aches and pains. Only purchase or accept used beds or sleeper sofas from people you know and trust; bedbugs are rampant right now, and unfortunately not everyone is honest about the condition of the items they are selling.
- Get Thrifty – You can save a ton of money on decorating your studio by shopping in thrift stores, consignment shops, yard sales, and flea markets. Not only can you save a bundle, but vintage is one of the hottest trends in the decorating world right now. Wouldn’t you rather have cool old stuff that you are unlikely to see anywhere else than cheap, mass produced pieces that are in nearly every home in the country?
- Think Creatively – Thinking outside the box opens up a world of possibilities. There is no rule that says everything must be used for its originally intended purpose. This is especially true when you’re shopping for second hand items. Beautiful old glass jars can be used to hold everything from bulk grains to bathroom necessities. Items like old lockers and card catalogs can store all kinds of things. Upcycle old crates and palettes and turn them into something entirely new and different. Check out DIY and craft blogs before leaving home to get some great ideas for how to do this well and the results will be fantastic.
- Multipurpose Everything – Not only are multipurpose items like sleeper sofas and storage ottomans necessary for space saving in a studio, it will be cheaper in the long run to buy items that do double duty.
If you’re working with a tight budget and can’t come up with the money you need to outfit your studio all at once, remember that this can be an incremental process. As long as you have the bare necessities, like a place to sleep, it is better to add slowly and get exactly what you want at a price you can afford, rather than spending more than you should or settling for things you don’t love. In time, your home will come together and it will be worth the wait!