A GUIDE TO DECORATING YOUR FIRST PLACE
Finding a new place can be stressful. Paying rent and bills can all be pretty overwhelming and with graduation right around the corner, you may be feeling a little nervous about finding your first place. So whether you’re staying in your parent’s basement in the next couple of months or renting for the first time, here are some helpful tips and tricks for furnishing your new place.
Worry about the big items first:
I know moving into your own place is exciting and you probably can’t wait to recreate all those pins you’ve saved on your living room board, but the first and most important tip is to worry about big purchases first. Items like a bed, mattress and couch should be your number one concerns when moving into your first place.
IKEA is your new best friend:
It’s safe to say that IKEA is known for their extremely affordable prices. While they offer a variety of furniture, IKEA can be the perfect place to stock up on smaller items like plates, glasses and bowls. You can also score a couch or a bed for pretty cheap, but because the furniture isn’t built to last, you might wind up replacing items every so often. The upside is, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, there are plenty of hacks online that show you how to transform and customize your IKEA furniture to your own tastes.
Finance your furniture:
Applying for a credit card at your local furniture store is a great way to get high-quality furniture and build your credit. Stores like Rooms to Go offer interest-free financing and can offer furniture options that are sturdier and more reliable than the aforementioned IKEA.
If you’re not looking to buy new pieces for your place, Craigslist is an alternate option that allows you to buy gently used, budget-friendly furniture and appliances. Buying furniture on Craigslist isn’t always the safest so some advice that is generally good to follow is: meet the seller in a public and crowded location. If that doesn’t work out and you have to meet the seller at their home, bring a friend or two with you for safety. But if buying things from strangers isn’t really your thing, now is the perfect time to ask your aunt about that coffee table she’s been meaning to get rid of for the past several months. What’s a better way to say “I’m proud of you, welcome to adulthood” than with a new coffee table? The next option involves buying things from strangers too, but garage and estate sales can offer items like vacuums and electronics at a reasonable price.
Rent your furniture:
Companies like CORT rental furniture allow you to rent sets and individual pieces. The rental time varies so you can keep the same pieces the entirety of your lease, or switch things up every couple of months. The downside to this option is that leasing furniture can get pretty pricey and the items you rent may have been previously rented and in used condition.
Have some self control:
Moving into your first place as an official adult is exciting and it’s very easy to get carried away trying to fill your new place all at once. That being said, it’s important to focus on the basics. So while you want to try out all those saved pins or you’re just dying to have that $800 Z-Gallerie bed, sticking to a responsible budget is key in finding and furnishing your first place. As you move up the property ladder and start making more money, then you can start thinking about furniture that will last for years to come.