Many home decorators and homeowners alike are learning how to decorate while adhering to a smaller budget. As the economy struggles to achieve recovery and balance, it's more important than ever before to create realistic goals and budgets when decorating. Prioritizing your purchases should also be an important part of any home decorating or renovation project. If you are trying to decide how to prioritize your furniture purchases, here are some tips that can help you stick to your limited budget.
Kitchen and Dining Area
When designing the kitchen or dining room, there are a few basic features that you simply won't be able to do without. If you purchase or rent a home that does not already include the basic major appliances, these of course would have to top the list of priorities. Once the major appliances are in place, you'll need to consider your table and seating options. If you have a large kitchen counter, you could cut costs by simply adding a few bar stools to use as seating. A basic table and chair set can also be used. Either way, as long as you have a place to store your food, a way to prepare your meals, and a place to sit and eat, your basic kitchen requirements will be satisfied.
Whether you live in a single family home or a small efficiency apartment, having a place where you can sleep is critical. Depending on your preferences, needs and budget, you can choose a simple futon or fold-out couch, or a traditional bed. As long as your sleeping area is comfortable and easily accessible, your basic needs will have been met.
Other Important Necessities
Although it's not as critical as the previous items on the list, you should also consider your storage needs and options. Since everyone is different, it stands to reason that a storage option one person would consider to be perfect would simply not work for a different person. When considering your storage areas, focus on the basic options that would best fit your individual needs. For example, if your apartment or home already has plenty of closet space, you might only need additional storage options for items that are not easily stored or hung in closets. If you require a dresser, chest or drawers or storage bins, you should be able to find plenty of inexpensive options at your local discount store or online. Second-hand stores, flea markets and garage sales are also good places to look.
Even if you are on a very limited budget, you'll need to make sure your home or apartment includes at least some basic seating options. Having a comfortable place to unwind and relax can be quite critical to your overall well being and comfort. If you are on a limited budget, check out flea markets, second-hand stores and even garage sales for used furniture pieces such as a chair, sofa or loveseat. When shopping for second-hand furniture, focus on finding well constructed and sturdy pieces as opposed to being overly concerned about appearance. After all, you could always just toss a slipcover on your chair or sofa if the fabric is a bit worn or outdated.
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