One can make an apartment unique while still operating on a budget
A home is meant to be a person’s sanctuary from the cruel world. The outside world is often filled with rules on how a person presents themselves, such as a workplace not allowing personal items or decorations at a cubicle or a school not allowing clothing that expresses the wearer’s opinions. However, such constraints are few and far between when it comes to making an apartment at Claremont Towers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, a personal oasis of comfort through decorating, but the trick is to do so on a budget.
Decorating an apartment can easily be very expensive. The average person spends $8,176 on furnishings for their apartment. (1) The living room normally costs over $2,000 as a person buys a sofa, rug, coffee table, TV stand, and a rug. The bedroom is the most expensive as the bed frame, mattress, box spring, dresser, and nightstands often cost a pretty penny indeed. However, one does not need to secure a bank loan in order to decorate their apartment as there are ways to do so on a budget.
The first item that one has to consider is what they actually need to decorate their apartment. The luxurious Claremont Towers offers a variety of floor plans for a person to choose from. There are three one-bedroom plans, each with 1,000 square feet of space. Two-bedroom floor plans range from 1,100 square feet to 1,179 square feet. (2)
There are a number of ways that a person can decorate their apartment at Claremont Towers while staying on a budget. One method is to purchase furniture that also features storage capability. One could eliminate the need for multiple dressers if the couches and coffee table in the living room had storage spaces of their own. Another useful budget-conscious method is for an individual to embellish drapes, furniture, and bedding themselves instead of buying fancier products. This method requires some DIY know-how, but some basic sewing and carpentry skills can make a bedroom set look like a family heirloom instead of a Walmart special.
A tried-and-true method of decorating on a budget is to shop at yard sales. The township of Hillsborough has been in existence since 1771, which means families that have lived there for generations probably accumulated a lot of stuff. (3) It makes fiscal sense to cruise yard sales to see if someone is selling furniture, rugs, and artwork at extremely discounted prices. There are also quite a few quality thrift shops within a few miles of Claremont Towers. Some of the more popular thrift shops include Nearly New Shop, Greater Goods Thrift Store, Market Street Mission Thrift, and North Hunterdon Thrift Shop. For inexpensive artwork, one could attend one of the area’s craft fairs, such as the upcoming Somerville Street Fair and Craft Show on June 2nd, 2019. (4)
Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers says, “I understand that decorating an apartment can become quite costly. Fortunately, there are lots of ways that a person can make an apartment their own while adhering to a sensible budget. While we offer a private mini storage room to all residents, I know that storage space can still be a premium. That’s why some of our residents buy tables and sofas that offer some storage space of their own. There are also a lot of great thrift shops within a few miles of the apartment complex that offer some tremendous deals. One of the benefits of living in this area is that most families have accumulated a ton of possessions, which they either donate to a charity-focused thrift shop or sell themselves at a yard sale. There are also plenty of arts and craft shows throughout the county where one can pick up artwork, furniture, and other knickknacks on the cheap. In addition, we have a couple of auction houses where you could find some real deals. One decorating tip that has served me well is to reupholster a couch or chair instead of buying a new one outright. There are a number of such upholstery businesses in the area. While one can fear the price of decorating their apartment, there are lots of ways to do it for far less than you would expect.” (5)
5) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers