9 Tips for Saving Money Decorating Your New Apartment


Decorating your new apartment can be expensive with a capital E! After moving costs, deposits, and first & last month’s rent, the last thing you want to do is shell out a ton of money to furnish your space. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to. In fact, there are plenty of ways to inexpensively decorate a new apartment and still achieve a stylish and comfortable design.

Here are 9 tips for Saving Money on Decorating Your New Apartment:

1. Look For Discounts and coupons

This is quite obvious but, there are plenty of bigger chain stores that cater to deal-hunting apartment decorators. Keeping your eyes peeled for discounts of all kinds, they can help you save money on styles you otherwise would have passed over.

  1. Target is a great option for inexpensive home decor, and they do plenty of discounts.
  2. Bed, Bath, and Beyond has a ridiculous coupon policy which makes them a favorite among home decorators, but which has lost the company a ton of money. You may have to hurry to take advantage of these deals.
  3. Pier 1 imports is also known for the daily deals that are available on their site. Check the site often for hot deals.

2. Ikea!

Ikea-portland-orNot only can you decorate your apartment, but you can also completely decorate your entire home, office, or any additional space easily and inexpensively at Ikea. Plus, at Osprey, you’re only 20 minutes away! Swedish Meatballs here we come!

3. Utilize Mirrors

Utilize Mirrors portland ORMirrors are an easy and way of opening up your space. Using mirrors for decoration is great because the only effort and consideration they require concern the mirror’s placement. Mirrors go with everything and are a welcome addition to every room and, depending on where you get them, they won’t break the bank.

4. Visit Thrift Stores

Visit Thrift Stores Downtown Portland ORThe Portland Thrift Store scene is off the charts, especially when it comes to home decor and furniture. Traveling through Hawthorne, you can find Vintage furniture shops on almost every corner, some of which have items you can’t find anywhere else. Thrift Stores are ideal for apartment decorations if you’re looking for a splash of uniqueness in your home decor without having to spend a ton of money.

5. Go DIY

There are plenty of blogs out there touting impressive DIY solutions for decorating your apartment. The best part of Doing it yourself is the all the fun you can have while saving money.

Here are a couple of our favorite DIY apartment creations and along with instructions on how to complete them:

  1. A small leather catchall
  2. Speaking of Ikea, look at all the DIY uses these clever folks have gotten out of their Ikea bed slats!
  3. This DIY hanging bedside Table  

6. Recycle everyday items for specific uses

Utilizing recycled items for decoration or utility in your apartment is great for your wallet and the environment. Plus, it’s another way to exercise that DIY muscle. Here are a few of our favorite recycled apartment decorations, just to give you some ideas.

  1. Recycled Light Bulbs as Miniature Planters. Plenty seem to be doing this, and there are a ton of instructions online, so you’ll probably have a pretty easy time of it.
  2. Milk Crates baby! They’re probably the most often recycled items for apartment decoration, simply because they have so many uses!

7. Go Minimal

Go Minimal Portland oregonThis tip kills THREE birds with one stone! Opting for a more minimalist design when decorating your apartment will help you reduce clutter, save money, and save time. Afterall, with fewer items to deal with, you won’t have as many choices to make and your decoration can’t help but be streamlined. If you want to save time and money and have an apartment with a nice clean, sleek feel, minimal is the way to go! Here are a few quick tips:

Start with the absolute bare essentials. Remember it’s called minimalism for a reason. Here’s a quick list of things you’ll need in any apartment. Focus on natural light and neutral colors. Organize your layout to have as much open space as possible.

8. Add plants


Green is one the most popular decorating colors. It’s incredibly calming and reminiscent of nature. In this regard, indoor plants are another triple whammy of value for apartment decoration: they help to enliven a space, they help clean and purify the air, and they won’t break the bank. For inspiration, check out this recent video from Apartment Therapy, which highlights a particularly verdant Brooklyn Apartment. Here is the video

9. Give it Time

The absolute best way to avoid spending a ton of money when decorating your new apartment is just to give it time. Impulsivity is the bane of frugality. Remember that, because it’s never more true that it is with decorating a brand new apartment. Plus, let’s be honest, achieving the ideal decor for your apartment is more like a marathon than a sprint. You’re not going to get there right away, and if you try to rush it, you’ll just end up changing it later. The most important thing is to think of the long haul and keep your eyes on the prize; you’ll be spending a long while in your apartment, there’s no need to spend any more than you have to.

Have we gotten your thought process for decorating your apartment up and running yet? It’s nice to know that you can achieve your dream decor rather inexpensively and easily. The only thing left to do is find an actual apartment for you to let loose your inner interior designer!

If you’re looking for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment in Southwest Portland, Osprey Apartments is set to open in the early fall. Our building has numerous floorplans that are perfect for any lifestyle and suitable for any decor. Whether you decide to go minimal, include an indoor jungle, or fill your apartment with completely repurposed items, we know you’ll find a comfortable home here at Osprey.

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