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Common First Apartment Decorating Mistakes

Common First Apartment Decorating Mistakes

Decorating your new apartment is one of the best parts of moving, especially for first time apartment renters. While it’s an exciting new decorating opportunity, the excitement can easily result in new renters making rookie decorating mistakes. Luckily, these common first apartment decorating mistakes can be easily avoided with a few helpful tips and a plan in mind.

Not Taking Measurements

Before spending money on furniture for your new apartment and paying for it to be delivered, it’s a good idea to make sure it will fit it the space, let alone through the front doorway. When measuring, consider both height and width. If your apartment building has an elevator that you plan to use to move furniture, make sure to measure its dimensions as well. When in doubt, go with smaller scale pieces that make the space feel bigger and that can be easily transported in and out of your apartment.

Buying Everything at One Time

Moving into your first apartment is an exciting time and half, if not most, of the fun comes from shopping around for furniture and décor. While it’s tempting to want to buy everything at once to fill your space, it’s important to take time to find pieces you truly want, that reflect your personality and that makes sense with your budget. When you buy everything at once, those factors tend to be ignored which can lead to later regrets. To avoid this issue, create a decorating plan that includes what furniture you need, what details you prefer and how much you want to spend. This allows you to focus on what is a priority first then then thoughtfully fill in the rest as you go.

Keeping Dorm Furniture or Buying Cheap

When moving into your first apartment, especially if you are in college or recently graduated, you are most likely on a tight budget. However, just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you have to fill your space with disposable dorm furniture or cheap pieces. While it’s definitely possible to decorate for cheap, it’s still important to keep quality in mind when buying major pieces. If price is an issue, shop around at local thrift or antique shops, or try online sites like Craigslist, eBay or Facebook Marketplace for quality furniture steals.

Looking to decorate your first apartment? Our CTBest communities offer a variety of floorplan configurations that make decorating a fun experience for first-time renters. To learn about apartment rentals in Stamford, Branford or Norwalk, call or text Desiree at 203-223-1665 or visit CTBestApts.com.

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