After looking the price tag, a lot of time it turns out to look like this:
It's maybe not the best way to impress your SO, but it's functional, right? Wrong. A good apartment is a place you can proudly call home. A proud home is one you can invite people over to without going into panic attacks about the stains, clothes, and lack of furniture throughout the house.
The good news is that you can make your place great without having to throw away all your money. There are some cheap ways to get your apartment to look respectable, something like this:
Here are some tips on how to get there.
1. Less is More
The only thing worse than an apartment with too little furniture is one with too much. If you're on a tight budget, err on the side of having less. Most people over look the rug, but it can do a lot to bring the room together, especially if you are going for fewer items.
2. Be A Crafty Consumer
You don't need to buy everything at once, you have at least a year to fill out the apartment. Find the furniture you want and Google them until you find them at a better price. Buy the items one at a time, and try to make the colors match as much as possible.
3. Don't Be Above the Bargain Bin
If you see a couch on craigslist that would be perfect for the apartment, go check it out. Sure there are dangers involved with this type of purchase, but there's no sales tax, the prices are way better, and you might find that you can fill your apartment much quicker and better than through traditional purchases.
Good luck and happy hunting!