Tips for decorating your condo or apartment on a budget

Moving into an apartment on your own for the first time can be a big deal.

You want it to be a great little place but let’s face it, decorating is not for everyone and then there is the cost! Here are a few creative ways to decorate your room or apartment on the cheap.

Check online

You may have used websites like Kijiji to rent an apartment or sell your old iPhone, but they are also a great place to find the big stuff. Since people move and update their apartments and houses all the time, you will find great deals on unique and cheap items to decorate on a budget. Since selling online is convenient, easy and local – buying online is as well. So make your best offer and seal the deal.

Check out the furniture auctions

From furniture to rugs and art, Canada’s auctions are both online and off, and you can often get unbelievable bargains. If you can find an auction that you can visit in person, you should make sure that you go with a rental truck or at least a pickup. With lots to choose from, you’ll find exactly what you need to perk your place up!

Look for B-stock

It doesn’t work every time, but asking furniture stores for floor models, returns, open boxes and other nearly-new merchandise is a great way to find goods to decorate your room. When it works, this can be a great way to snag top-notch quality at budget prices.

Friends and family

Everyone has unused furniture, desks, a sofa, a dining table, and more, somewhere in their apartment or house. Asking friends and family if they’ll let you look through their collection is always an idea. You never know! Fun stuff has been found this way and you may find your new room decorated for practically nothing!

Moving day

Going to the nearest college campus around move-out day can net you some finds, as can looking up neighbourhood yard sales and estate sales.


There is one more great idea to try if you’re handy with DIY projects — you can buy unfinished furniture or furniture that’s structurally complete, but without finish. You can put the finish on yourself. There are stores that specialize in such things and lots of people around to help.


Why not give haggling a shot? Sometimes a store manager will be more than happy to give you a discount, especially if you buy a few things. Haggling is of course standard at garage sales and flea markets but you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it at more traditional places as well.

Remember that it may not make sense to invest a lot

It’s important to remember that if it’s your first apartment or room, you’ll probably go through plenty of changes before long so you don’t have to invest tons of time or money right away.

The idea is to decorate on a budget. You can, in fact, do more than hunt for cheap furniture. You can paint, decorate with prints and plenty of colorful throws, rugs, plants and curtains and you’re set!

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