Apartment Living: Décor on a Budget
By Sarah Meadows
Let’s face it. No matter how much furniture or décor you may have, moving into a new space calls for updates. New space, new you, right? Thankfully, there are so many ways to add a fresh feel to your apartment without breaking the bank. Vintage, new, boho or homemade — there’s something out there for everyone!
Grand Rapids is home to many incredible local retailers — including several of our Rock Perks partners — that offer a wide array of home décor items perfectly suited for your apartment. Whether you’re looking for something rustic, modern or kitschy, you have a high chance of finding that ideal piece at an ideal price when you venture out into the city. And, if you’re really looking to save some money, your shopping trip can be powered by the many free transportation options available in the area, including the DASH and the new, self-driving May Mobility vehicles that began traversing city streets in July.
There’s nothing quite like finding something rare (and in great condition) at a price that knocks your socks off. With a keen eye and a bit of patience, shopping at local thrift stores can result in finding high-quality décor at extremely low prices. Occasionally, you can even find that chic nightstand or coffee table you need for less than $10. In many cases, proceeds from thrift stores go to great causes, so you can feel great about both your haul and the cause you’re supporting.
What should you do with those 5,000 photos you have on your phone? Turn them into budget-friendly wall décor! Using Mixtiles, you can have your pictures printed on a stylish 8-inch-by-8-inch canvas. Each tile comes with a reusable adhesive, so if you need to shuffle things around — and don’t want the hassle of nailing holes in your wall — you can easily move photos around. The best part? Each tile is only $12.
Why buy it when you can do it yourself? DIY is a cost-effective way to decorate your apartment, and in many cases, you can upcycle items you already have, including wine bottles, clothes hangers and more. Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration and how-to tutorials for upcycling, with ideas including a knife holder made from a book, coasters made from Scrabble pieces and so much more.