Moving into your first apartment is so exciting, isn’t it? You’re going to be on your own for the first time in your life. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. And best of all, you can decorate the place to suit your own tastes, not mom and dad’s. But before you start shopping, let me give you a few basic decorating tips that will help you save some money.
Obviously you’ll need to know the length and width of each window. And if you’re planning on only using valances for a touch of color, determine the length of the valance you want, too.Measure floors – All rugs always look bigger in the store. Area rugs and runners come in a variety of sizes and throw rugs are never big enough. If you’re planning on putting a rug down somewhere, measure first, buy once.
Whether you’re planning on hanging pictures on the wall or mirrors on the door, measure first. Again, pictures and wall décor always look bigger when they’re on display at the store because a designer arranged them that way.That overstuffed sofa and recliner may look nice in the show room but just try and get them into your living room. Diagram your usable floor space and mark doors and windows so you’ll know how much room you actually have for furniture.
Sure you might have room in your bedroom for a king-size bed, but is it possible to get it up the stairs and through the door without taking out a wall?You want a microwave and a toaster oven and a coffee pot. And maybe a countertop mixer and a toaster and a blender. And don’t forget about a canister set and something to hold your new cooking utensils.