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If you are moving into your first apartment, chances are that you must stick to a strict budget. Whether you are just beginning university or planning your post-university life, you want to furnish that first apartment without breaking the bank. Luckily, there are various ways to get everything you need for your first place AND maintain your established budget.

Figure out what you need

The first thing you want to do is make a list of the items you'll need to furnish your new apartment. Remember to take your roommates into account, and involve them in the process if you won't be living alone. If you have a multiple-bedroom apartment, you will most likely need some large furniture for the living area and/or dining area. For example, here are some items you could probably use in your new place:
  • Couch/sofa
  • Dining/kitchen table
  • Armoire
  • Armchairs
  • Coffee table
  • Television stand
Once you've made a complete list of things you need for the apartment, try to create a floor plan. Use your knowledge of the space -- or a blueprint, if handy -- to plan which pieces of furniture will go where, as well as what might not fit. This will give you a good idea of which items you may need to cut from the list. Be sure to prioritize the items when creating your list, and confer with your roommates if necessary.

Shop around for items

Now that you have a list of what you want/need for your new apartment, you need to get the items. In some cases, you'll need to purchase furniture from places like IKEA, which is a cost-effective alternative to most furniture stores. IKEA happens to be one of those stores where you can get everything you're looking for--a one-stop shop for first-time renters or homeowners.

When it comes to furnishing your first apartment, you also have several other options. For instance, you can look to family and friends for old pieces of furniture. Need a couch or a set of chairs? Looking for a stand to support your television set? Friends and family members might be unloading an item without your knowledge, so it never hurts to ask. If somebody you know is planning to get rid of an item you can use, offer them a minimal amount of money to take it off their hands! Sometimes, people will allow you to take old sofas and other pieces of furniture for free, especially if they intended to throw it away anyway.

Whether you seek out furniture from stores like IKEA first or look directly to friends and family, it is important to shop around and weigh your options. The best way to stick to your budget is to make the most cost-effective decision at every corner. Saving money on certain pieces of furniture can leave you with more money to spend on items such as decorations, a new mattress or even a new television! (And everybody wants a bigger TV, right?)

Make your apartment feel like home

Furnishing your new apartment does not merely entail purchasing furniture. To truly make your new place feel like home, you should decorate it the way you want. Again, if you will be living with roommates, get together and make it your own. To save money, shop around places such as Etsy and other handmade and vintage sites and stores. These outlets will help you buy unique, affordable artwork and decorations that make your new apartment one of a kind! Welcome home.

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on January 28, 2015 - Moving Expert
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