By Rachel Comish
Whether you’re in college or just trying to make it in the world, living in an apartment is a rite of passage into the adult world. Apartments are perfect for that in-between stage of life. Who needs a ton of space when you’re just going to be at class or work all the time?
But apartments are still home, for now, and should feel like it. Which is why knowing ways to decorate the small space without spending all that money you just don’t have is so important.
Don’t hesitate to get crafty. You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine, just a staple gun. For example—buy a super cheap couch on Craigslist. Grab a staple gun, cover it and fabric, and tada! You now have an adorable couch, instead of something that looks like it should have died in the 80’s.
Staple guns are great, but hot glue guns work great too. You could even use neon tape and go for a retro theme. Fabric is pretty cheap. You can check out JoAnns and Michaels, but there are a lot of smaller fabric stores too. Curtains are super easy to make as well, and can brighten an apartment.
Basically, tap into your creative side and go crazy.
The Dollar Store:
If you’re totally hopeless with any creative activity ever, there’s always the dollar store. It's a magical place. The dollar store is the perfect place to nab cheap decorations, especially holiday ones. That place has so much stuff! You can get picture frames, mugs, candles, and fake flowers, just to name a few.
My roommates and I decorated our apartment with the help of the dollar store and Deseret Industries. We got little things, a poster and a candle. We found a giant painting at Deseret Industries that looked like someone just went to town with a few pots of paint. It was really crazy and fun and made our wall much more interesting. Decorations don’t need to be fancy, they can just be fun and show a little personality.
Utilize your Resources:
Use your stuff to spice up your living space! If you have books, set them out. They don’t need to be the fancy books from Barnes and Noble. People are always curious about what you’re reading, and having books out will give guests something to look at. Besides, books are always a good conversation starter.
If you have pictures, set them out. You can put them in frames or on a board. It’s always nice to be surrounded by memories, friends, and family. I also like keeping a couple fuzzy blankets on the couch. Good to snuggle with, but also gives the room some color.
Have fun with your apartment. It doesn’t matter if it’s super tiny or if you are rarely ever home. Make coming home a good experience, so you can relax the second you walk through the door. Having a couple pictures on the walls and a blanket on the couch can turn a house into a home.
(Image by Joey Sforza)