Morgen Henderson
small apartment decor

Decorating is a challenge in and of itself, but even more so when you have only a small space – and limited funds – to work with. But you can find small apartment decorating ideas on a budget without sacrificing style.


No matter what kind of floors are in your apartment, you can always add a rug. It’s an easy way to add color and patterns to any room and it doesn’t take up any extra space. And as an added bonus, a rug can also act as insulation to keep your place warmer and help cut down energy costs.

At first glance, rugs can appear expensive, but if you do your homework – or get your hands dirty – you can get one for a steal. Check online for budget rugs and keep an eye out for sales. You can also visit your local discount stores or overstock markets to see what they have in stock. The selection might not be as wide, but the price is sure to be lower.

If you have a crafty side, you can always make your own. Purchase a plain, canvas tarp from your local home improvement store. Some decorative paint and fun trim can you give you a custom look for a much lower price. A couple of layers of sealer and you’ll be ready to lay your rug in your room of choice.



Plants come in every size imaginable and add life to a space. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get a plant – there are plenty of species that require very little maintenance, like a cactus or succulent.

They’re relatively inexpensive and you can dress them up with colorful pots or decorative hanging baskets. Besides the visual appeal, plants also have health benefits and can create a calmer atmosphere.

Vinyl decals

Decals come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs that might strike your fancy. Some have fun quotes that can act as motivation or provide a sentimental tilt to your space. You can find them just about anywhere and they’re inexpensive and easy to use – and remove.

They don’t have to be limited to wall décor, either. Vinyl decals can be used on almost anything – the refrigerator, cabinets, chairs and whatever else you want to stick them on.

Drawer and cabinet hardware

Switching out the knobs on drawers and cabinets is an easy change to make and it can have a surprising effect on the overall look and feel of a room. You can either buy new hardware from the store or go with the thrifty approach and use mismatched knobs for a rustic or hipster vibe. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in sprucing up outdated hardware, too.

Be sure to ask your landlord before you permanently change the hardware in the apartment. But if you’re simply replacing them for the tenure of your lease, keep the original hardware and screws so you can put them back in when you move out – and you can take your new treasured pulls with you!

Throw pillows and blankets

Similar to rugs, throw pillows and blankets come in a variety of colors and patterns and don’t take up a lot of extra room. They’re also convenient for the times when you want to add a little extra comfort while watching television.

And because they’re inexpensive, you can easily change them out based on the season, or even get really festive and have special ones for holidays. These are great to find at the end of a season when they’re marked way down, and you’ll be ready to throw them down next time.

DIY dollar store decorations

If you’re the kind of person that wants something really unique and likes being creative, head down to the dollar store and find plastic figures and inexpensive frames and vases. Cover the objects with spray paint and you’ll have some cheap one-of-a-kind decor for your apartment.

You can also find vases to hold your new plants and storage boxes you can customize yourself. The dollar store also has picture frames, trays, mirrors and fabric. Basically, if you can dream it, you can create it with items from the dollar store – and no one else will have the same thing!

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About The Author

Morgen Henderson

Morgen Henderson is a writer who grew up in Utah. She lived in the Dominican Republic for a year and a half, where she was involved in humanitarian service. Some of Morgen's work has appeared in State of Digital, The Next Scoop and TechPatio. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, master DIY projects and improve her Spanish skills.