A good budget is a way to set out on a project. It is success at hand if the budget is realistic and highly estimable. Here are some DIY home decor on a Budget Apartment ideas and guides to make your living space look more beautiful. Your apartment is one of a substantial kind of project. Your budget apartment needs a detailed plan.
So to speak, the interior furnishing is an outstanding focus for a desirable warmth from the accommodation. Whether you plan to build or buy off the apartment, the interior has to suit your taste and not cost excessively beyond budget.
Here is a do-it-yourself guide to cut across most budget statuses on how to furnish your apartment interior and have the most accommodating indoor experience that suits your taste as well as pocket friendly. Why pay an interior decor company when you can do it yourself?
1. The Living Room
The dominant room in your apartment should be the living room. Here are ideas on how to do space-decor management for a comfy edged living room.
A few throw pillows on a classic, transitional or modern comfortable sofa add to the feel of your living room. Pillows come in comfort sizes for corners and mid-sections of sofas.
The common throw pillow sizes for sofas include 18 x 18 inches and 20 x 20 inches.
For larger sofas and sectionals, especially those with deep seats or high backs, 22 x 22 inches or even 24 x 24 inches pillows may be better off. For children spaces, smaller pillows are often used.
- 1 yard each of a piece of silk and 1 piece of velvet or 2 pieces of cotton fabric in contrasting colours – Per pillow
- Polyester batting material
- Tacking pins, needle and stitching thread
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric that measure about 15-20 square inches each. A more interesting decorative throw pillow would require the use of 2 different fabrics. You can choose a piece of silk and 1 piece of velvet or 2 pieces of cotton fabric with contrasting colors.
- Place 1 piece of fabric on the table surface, with the right side up. Set the other piece of fabric, same-size, on top of the first; with the right side down.
- Pin the fabrics together on all 4 edges.
- Stitch the fabrics along the 4 edges. Maintain a 0.5-inch gap from the edge.
- Leave a 5-inch gap on 1 side of the decorative throw pillow to turn its right side out and stuff it with the polyester batting.
- Clip the corners of the pillow before turning its right side out. Ensure you do not cut through the seam. Do not trim the corners as that will make them sharp instead of rounded when the pillow is right-side-out.
- Turn the throw pillow right-side-out and pad it with the polyester batting. Ensure you pad it adequately with the polyester batting to make the pillow slightly firm but still soft.
- Make use of the hand sewing needle and create a slip stitch to sew the gap on the pillow, keeping it closed.
Throw pillow with fringe finish
- Cut 2 squares of fabric each measuring 20 inches.
- Cut a length of fringe using a measurement that is 4 times the width of the fabric.
- Place a piece of fabric on a work surface, with its right side up. Place the fringe along the edges of the fabric. The fringe should face into the center of the fabric.
- Hold the fringe in place with a pin and sew it to the fabric of the throw pillow with a long basting stitch.
- Place the second piece of fabric (with its right side facing down) on top of the first piece, and pin both fabrics.
- Stitch along the 4 edges of the fabric, 0.5 inches from the edge. Leave a 5-inch gap so you can pad the pillow with polyester batting.
- Clip the corners of the throw pillow, then turn its right side out. Now pad the throw pillow with the polyester batting and hand sew the gap to keep it closed.
A painted but stark wall is not befitting for a living room wall. If your landlord (and if you’ve become one, Bob’s your uncle) allows it, paint an accent wall.
A bright paint will create a focal point for the room, with minimal effort. Chalkboard paint is a good interactive option.
After a couple of drinks, your guests are likely to grab some chalk and write something funny. It’s better than writing on your walls with a permanent marker as you did in college. Paint the wall with a simple color (glossy white may be the best match).
You could make use of the following budget-friendly decorations as well.
Things you need to buy
- Buy removable wallpaper or decals and pin/paste.
- Paint simple murals.
- Buy a bar chart – this fun design component carts from shops and can be very expensive. However, you can buy a three-step simple one and place it close to the wall, all by yourself!
- A large mirror (or two)- makes the room look spacious.
- Buy large-scale art with frames to be hung.
- Lamps with shades.
- Cut lampshades using cardboard.
Making DIY Cardboard Lampshades
- Wood veneer/glue
- Fancy papers – patterned cardboard/ 12 by 10″ per lamp
- Drafting compass
The shape design is according to the cut shape and size.
- Decide what radius you want and inscribe two circles on cardboard.
- Mark in the centre of both, ‘A’
- Slightly reduce the radius and inscribe two more circles.
- Mark those two with B as the centre
- Again, slightly reduce the radius and inscribe two more circles. Mark those two ‘C’ (If you want a fine finish, two more circles would be superb.)
- Now, reduce the radius a little and inscribe two circles inside the ‘A’ circles drawn earlier.
- Keep reducing your compass radius and inscribe till you get very small circles, say 2″ diameter.
- Cut and Paste. Cut the outer circles of A and paste together.
- Now cut the outer layers both B circles and attach them on both sides of A.
- Cut the outer layers of C and paste them on both sides of the B.
- Again, cut the outer layer of the circles inscribed in A earlier and paste on the bottom C and the Top C.
- Repeat till you get the desired size. Don’t cut all the circles at once. Do it gradually, else when you have to leave it half-way, you wouldn’t know which is which!
Step C - Wiring and Finishing
- Pass the wire through a small cardboard disc (you can make use of any already cut cardboard discs) or paste a disc, make a hole and pass the wire through.
- Fix the bulb and hang!
If you’ve run out of floor space for book-shelves, then take your collection to the wall. Affix floating shelves and display some hardcovers, DV-discs, small sculptures, and other oddments at ends.
Bring In Plants (Floristic)
Plants are not only fit for the window. Try hanging or use wall-mounted planters to add a bit of nature to your space with life to your walls.
There are so many incredible options for a fireplace in your home such that you get to enjoy a cosy, warm fireplace that suits your preference and lifestyle. Having a fireplace, however, comes with several responsibilities.
Some basic styles you could choose include a fireplace made of masonry, a prefabricated fireplace or an authentic masonry fireplace. The authentic masonry fireplace comes without the labour of maintaining the flames as you can add a direct vent gas insert.
Switch out your hardware
Many landlords won’t indulge in things like cabinet handles and drawer pulls, but high-quality hardware looks better.
Buy some nice stainless steel hardware when you’re at Home Depot or some other cheap decor outlet in town.
This might set you back a few bucks, but it’s an investment – you can always switch back to the old knobs before you leave the apartment and bring the new ones along with you to a new place.
Do you own lots of mismatched furniture? The answer to this again is paint. Make use of bright color for the painting as that would add to the feel of the space.
A spray finish to the smooth wood or the use of lacquer (gloss/varnish) may work the magic. If most of your furniture is black but you have one light-wood piece, you might consider painting that black to match or otherwise.
Check out certain features on refinishing furniture for more how-to’s and ideas.
2. The Rooms
The rooms deserve a lot of cushions, ceiling hangs and curtain/window drops to keep the room shade on stage and allow for good lighting control.
Mattress and Beddings
- Pillows with woollen cases.
- A mirror by a corner – makes the room appear commodious
DIY Colourful Geometric Headboard
This is a colourful art idea for teens. It is quite a simple project. Just choose an acrylic paint colour of your choice and some foam sheets to make this colourful art.
- Foam sheets
- Foam cutter
- Smooth finish
- Sanding block
- Acrylic paint (various colours)
- Permanent mounting paintbrushes
- Cut your foam sheets into various geometric shapes and sizes. Make use of a yardstick as a guide while cutting, to obtain a straight edge.
- You can make your shapes trapezoids, triangles of various angles and some irregular polygons.
- Make use of the smooth finish to coat the shapes. This is done by using your spatula together with the smooth finish to press the coating on the foam.
- Smooth the shapes out as much as possible and leave it overnight for the smooth finish to harden.
- Once it’s all dried, use your sanding block to even the irregularities in the smooth finish coating and also sharpen the edges a little.
- Now water down your acrylic paint a bit and spray the shapes.
- Once they are dry, use your mounting tape to fix them to the wall in a random pattern.
Go for Large-Scale Art
Real art comes in all shapes and sizes, from towering sculptures to tiny sketches, artists have produced works that play with scale throughout the history of art. You can choose a canvas-size that fits a quarter angle size of your room corner.
Make Use of Streamlined Shelves
Refresh your storage by stashing books and photo albums in streamlined shelves
You could employ a design that accommodates a shoe rack underneath. A littered room does not befit any sense of its decoration.
Colorful Light Fixture
Hang an attractive light ribbon fixture with a few coats of strong colours overhead, with sticker tiles (with mirror-like reflectance) around the ceiling, all pulling together the room’s eclectic vibe.
3. The Kitchen
However small or big, give the heart of your home a well-deserved upgrade using stylish objects for inspiration. The kitchen is often considered one of the most important parts of every home in terms of its purpose, look and appeal. Right from your kitchen walls to your menu board and even the storage jars, they are all susceptible to some makeovers.
DIY Menu Board
This DIY menu board is going to make grocery shopping a lot easier as well as the planning of your weekly meals. We all know how challenging the planning of meals could be due to our busy schedule. This menu board will, however, keep you organized weekly.
- Teak wood coasters
- Frame pieces
- Black paint marker
- Chalkboard paint
- Liquid nails
- Measure your frame and cut your plywood to fit the measured dimensions.
- Paint the plywood with chalkboard paint and the frame with a teal color.
- Make use of the coasters to add the days of the week to the board. Adhere them to the board with liquid nails.
- Keep the coasters spaced uniformly.
- Write the letters for the days of the week on the coasters using a black paint marker.
- Now you can plan your weekly meals on the board.
The Dining Room
Your dining room serves a purpose as the hub for family meals, but when outdated decor or accumulated clutter causes you to move dining’s activities to the kitchen or living room instead, you defeat the purpose of having a dining room in your apartment. This should not be so.
Give your dining room the makeover it deserves with fresh and modern eco-friendly design ideas.
DIY Burlap and Lace Table Runner
This is quite an easy DIY project and also a perfect addition to your dining table. It has nice and neutral ruffles on both ends that you can customize to suit your colour and decor preference.
- Burlap fabric
- 4 different types of lace (with every 2 yards)
- Pom Pom Trim (4 yards)
- Fabric for ruffles (2 pieces of 22×4 inches and 2 pieces of 22×6 inches)
- Layout your lace such that they are spaced 1½ inches apart.
- Make use of a Washi Tape as a guide for your edges to make your lace straight and nice.
- Lay your pom trim under the edge of the sewing machine runner and sew it in place along each side.
- Hem the two short sides and the bottom of each ruffle pieces then sew a gathering stitch along the top of the ruffle pieces.
- Place the ruffles along the gathered edges and layer the short ruffles right above it. Sew them in place.
- Flip your ruffle downwards and fold the seam up towards the sewing machine runner,
- Sew ⅜ inches inside the seam (to the back) using the runner side.
- Press your runner while using a pressing cloth to protect your lace and pom pom trim.
- Now you can add a table runner to your table.
Making a final Decision
With these three major sections of your home having the major items of decor, you can enjoy your ever plush inside environment, you and your family. Your devices and tools should fit into drawers space and you can minimize the clutter around the house.
This is the best way to beat cost down and afford a suitable interior decoration that is just simple and sweet. Monitor the appearance of the furniture, walls and the ceiling first, and every other artifice you set in place should be a fixture from back-hand