Posted March 12, 2015 by RentJungleOnce all of the moving boxes are unpacked, clothes are hung in the closet and your bed is made, then comes part two of moving into a new apartment or home - decorating. After dropping quite a few dollars on security deposits, first and last month's rent and moving from your previous rental into your new rental home, depending on your income, you may be stretched thin. So how can you fully design your new rooms without wiping out your bank account? Apartment Therapy offers some solutions to common decor problems:
Design Problem: Upholstered furniture is super, super expensive, and none of the couch offerings at IKEA is striking your fancy. Smart Solution: It will definitely take a little more legwork, but if you're searching for a beautiful sofa on a budget, vintage furniture is the best way to go. Find a couch you like on Craigslist or in a thrift store, and then get it re-upholstered in a fabric of your choice. Professional upholstery also isn't cheap (you can get an idea of the price here), but once all is said and done you'll have a unique, high-quality piece, in a fabric of your choice, for about the same price as a generic-looking, mid-range sofa.
Design Problem: You've finally found some dining chairs that you really love. The price, however, is less lovely. Smart Solution: Who says everything has to match? Buy a pair of the chairs you really love, to anchor the ends of the table, and fill in the middle with more budget-friendly pieces.
Design Problem: You have a whole wall that you want to fill, but oversized artwork is out of your budget. Smart Solution: Instead of a single piece, creating a grouping (like the one above) of same-sized frames. Extra-pretty calendars are great for this — use 'em for a year, and then hang them on the wall.
Design Problem: You have things in unusual sizes that you want to frame, but custom framing costs an arm and a leg. Smart Solution: Go to a craft store and get a custom mat cut. Make sure the outer dimensions of the mat are a standard size, and then buy a frame off the shelf.
Design Problem: You find a rug you love, but you can't possibly afford to buy the size that's actually big enough for your room. Smart Solution: Get an inexpensive sisal rug in the size that you need, and then buy a smaller size of the rug you like and layer it on top. You'll save money AND add a little bit of interest and texture to your room.