Decorating Small Spaces on a Budget

Having your own home will make you fulfilled and accomplished. It does not end there though for you have to do certain things and be responsible for it. You will need to keep it clean and maintained. There will be a lot of bills and expenses you have to keep track of. That is why some things need to be inexpensive like decorating your home. 

If you are living in an apartment, chances are space is small. It is a lot easier than larger spaces but of course, you still have to make your place look cool and homey. For that to happen, you do not need to have a lot of money. Just use your creativity, and you are good to go.

Thrift Stores and Secondhand Items

Furniture and decor are a need for your home, but they tend to get expensive. You do not have to buy brand new furniture for your home though. You just have to look for thrift stores around your area and look for items you need. You might find some decors like lamps and artworks you can display. They will certainly also be furniture like tables, sofa, beds, seating, or even a comfortable futon for your guests. Thrift stores are not the only thing you can look out for. There might be also some yard sales around your area that you can find and make deals with.

Do It Yourself

If you are into crafting and like making things by your hands, this will be perfect for you. You can make your own tables and cabinets if you want to. It is mentioned above to purchase secondhand items. If you do not like the design or looks very used and old, you can always fix them up and make it your own. You can also repurpose some of them. Examples are turning a dresser to a shelf or vice versa. You can also have drawers a form of a bookcase by putting them together. With these things, you will just have to use your creativity and imagination. Doing things your own also includes painting your walls and changing your tiles. Instead of calling a handyman or contractors, you can save up by doing it by yourself. It will be a lot easier for small spaces, and you can always call a family or friend for help if needed. 

Keep It Simple

You do not have to go crazy when it comes to decorating. Keeping it simple is always the best especially if you have small space. It might just make your home look cramped and unpleasant. You will just need to have some items that you really need and maybe some few pictures, artworks, and some plants here and there, and you are good.

Changing It Up

If you are a person who always wants to change things up around your home to be interesting, you can do it without any expense. You can just rearrange your furniture from time to time. As for your seats, you can have slip-on covers if you want a change of look and that is the same for table runners or cloths.

Tool Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Being your own handyman is great for your pocket. Every time something needs to be fixed, you will not need to call someone, and it saves you a lot of time and money. Add to that, there is something therapeutic in making or fixing things on your own. But in addition to that, you will have to get and invest in your own tools. They are not cheap at times especially if you are looking for something of high quality and will be with you for years. You can always start with something simple and go on from there. It will be worth it in the end.

Having tools means they need to be organized and stored. It will be a lot trickier if you have a small space, but not impossible. You will just have to be wise and creative when it comes to this. Here are some ideas for that:

1. Portable Workbench

A workbench is a place where all the work is done. It functions as a desk in offices or for your work. As it is portable, you can keep it somewhere to save space. You can also have storage under the work surface where you can keep some of your smaller tools like hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Even some of the smaller power tools like drills or even a portable air compressor.

2. Racks

You can set up racks anywhere you want to be space-saving. It could be on a wall or behind a door. You can have it permanently in one place by attaching or you can have something with wheels, so you can bring it in whatever space you want.

3. Pegboard

A pegboard is where you usually hang your smaller tools. It is handy because it is organized and within reach. It is also easy to find the things you will need. You can also have it customized and have it in another structure like having it as cabinet storage or using the door of a cabinet as a pegboard.

4. Wall Cabinet

One of the best storage solutions is having your cabinet at the wall. This makes the ground more spacious. With a wall cabinet, you can also accommodate your bigger tools. You can even have a toolbox in there that will be handy if you need something prepared for on the go.

5. Pullout Storage Case and Shelves

By adding pullouts on your walls, you will be having your walls for good use and the room will be more spacious and maximized for your workbench or any other activity for crafting. It will also be easier access for you.

6. Recycled Materials

Do you have jars lying around your house? Instead of throwing them away, you can use them to store nails or screws or any other smaller equipment. You can keep them in your cabinets or workbench. You can even attach them by screwing the lids. This way, you can save money and recycle. It is also a good way to save space.

How To Make A Small Apartment Homey

Having your own space is one of the great accomplishments we can have as an adult even if it is just renting an apartment. It may be not your own, but it is a start and the feeling is awesome. 

You can also still have it as your home and make it good as your own. You will just have your personality and interests within your apartment. It is not just about yourself but also to your friends and family that will come over. It should feel welcoming and homey to them. Can you do that even if your space is small? It can be, and here are some tips:

Decor

You can hang around some of your favorite artworks or your personal pictures. There could also be items that are sentimental to you, you can have that on display. On the shelves could be another set of framed pictures or any other personal pieces like trophies or certificates or any other prizes and awards. You can also put some plants to add life and color. And because apartments usually do not have much enough sunlight, you can get plants that do not them and they usually require little watering like a potted cactus. Another thing to consider is giving your home a signature scent, and you can do this by a scented candle or incense or air freshener. 

Furniture

Because you are just renting, you might be thinking to just get ones that are plastic. It would be fine, but it is not as homey as having real furniture. It will definitely not cost much, because you do not have to buy something brand new. Instead, you can go to thrift shops and look for something that fits you and your lifestyle. There will certainly be stylish options such as leather or velvet couches. If you always have visitors over or simply loves taking naps, you can have a futon or a daybed. Pretty coffee tables will also certainly be available, and why not add some side tables to mix?

Lighting

Lighting is almost always overlooked, but it is one of the elements that are important in making your apartment homier. It will do wonders if you have natural light and if so, let it in as much as you can. But it is not always the case for some apartment tough and if it is for you, you can always have the artificial ones. Just be sure you have enough. 

Clean Up

One of the things that stress people is a clutter. It will be a lot easier to clean for it is small, but it is also the reason your space will easily look tight. In addition to that, having a clean apartment will be good for your health, so have a schedule that will focus on cleaning your apartment.

Storage

Small spaces mean less storage. And as said before, clutter is one of the causes of stress. If you have stuff that you do not really need, just throw it away or give it to somebody who needs it. Be creative with storing your stuff. If your apartment does not have enough space, buy furniture that doubles as one.