Whether you’ve rented one or more apartments over the years, it’s likely that your space has amassed the look and feel of a juvenile dormitory.
You know exactly what we mean – the chemistry textbook holding up one leg of the card table in the kitchen. Or maybe you have a milk crate that doubles as an ottoman or DVD storage bin in the living room. It’s time to step up your apartment living swag and take your space from dorm room drab to totally boss.
So, how exactly do you make that happen?
The first step is to get rid of everything in your apartment that screams “bachelor pad.” The air mattress in the corner of the bedroom floor has got to go. The same goes for the lava lamps and your beloved thumb nailed posters of Bob Marley.
Now comes the fun part because a ton of local big box stores are waiting for young, needy shoppers just like you. Find your closest chain store that has a wide assortment of trendy home furnishings. IKEA, Target, Pier 1 Imports, Home Goods and World Market all seem to have a loyal following. Feel free to shop online, but keep in mind that nothing compares to seeing and feeling new furnishings in person.
The stores noted above are notorious for offering affordable décor, but if you’re looking for deep discounts, consider visiting thrift shops, antique stores, garage sales, flea markets or even Ebay. A fresh coat of paint or a little sanding might be necessary for some used items, but nothing beats scoring something old and making it look brand new!
So, what exactly does a more grown up apartment consist of?
- Coordinating dinnerware and drinkware
- Speaking of drinkware, have the right glasses for the right beverages.
- Hand towels and bath towels… one should not substitute for the other
- At least one living plant
- Framed pictures – no thumbnails or tape (see Bob Marley reference above)
- Window treatments beyond basic mini blinds
- A real bed with a frame and headboard
Take it slow. Don’t feel the need to completely revamp your apartment in a single day or weekend. Be kind to your budget and add items to your space gradually. Your best bet is to invest in items that really catch your eye. Just because you need decorative pillows for your sofa doesn’t mean you buy the first ones you see. It’s okay if you don’t find what you really want right away. Good things come to those who wait!
Take this redecorating experience as a lesson learned. You should now be able to show restraint – and lots of it. This means you won’t get overly excited about finding totally random items like orange traffic cones or discarded lawn chairs that, in your dorm-style apartment, would have fit right in.
The look and feel of your apartment can say a lot about what type of person you are. What does your apartment currently say about you?