Cheap Apartment Decorating Ideas

Most apartments likely have the disguise and feel of a well resided home. Apartment living is a great way to save money and it gives you the freedom to move around, as you desire. Entertaining in a well-designed apartment will make you feel good and will most likely make you enjoy living there. Cheap apartment decorating ideas will help you avoid being broke; while lavishly stylizing you’re apartment for that next big gathering or simply for you- to make you feel good about living in an apartment.

Paint: Many apartment complexes have rules about not being able to paint the inside of your dwelling. If they do, it’s probably a boring white / off white color. To avoid the plain bare walls you can paint you’re furniture instead. Be creative and paint an old table, wood chairs or an end table a bright color. Paint is cheap, easy and a cost effective strategy to bring color into your home. Another idea, go to a yard sale, swap meet or discount store and find colorful cheap artwork to hang on your boring white walls to bring out the zest.

You could use curtains as a way to decorate you’re plain walls without painting or wallpaper. It gives the look of luxury and gives the illusion you have windows behind drapes. Use long drapes that hang from the ceiling to the floor to give height to the room instead of a tiny window or just plain blank wall.

Carpet: Apartments normally don’t come with polished hardwood floors many of us dream about; they usually have carpet with three generations of living already built in. Most will have a few stains and you will usually have to live with it. However, there is a solution to the problem and its called area rugs. Area rugs are great for covering stains and boring colored carpet. The best places to find area rugs for cheap are online at Craigslist, Pier 1 and Cost Plus. Area rugs will be your best friend when living in an apartment.

Small Spaces: Apartments are normally small cramped spaces. Using mirrors is a great way to make your apartment feel larger and give it a homey feel. You can find all different sizes of mirrors at a swap meet and/or thrift store. You can find large ones to cover an entire wall if you want, but I prefer many different sized framed mirrors. Framed mirrors give a little extra pizazz and a more extravagant look then plain border-less mirrors. If you like conformity, you can paint the frames the same color or use different colors and/or stain them to your liking.

Dining area: In today’s high tech world many people telecommute for work. If you’re living in an apartment you may not have the room for a home office. If you need a workspace, one idea is to get rid of the dining room table and replace it with an old farm table or console table that fits the area. This will give it an industrial look and provide an adequate workspace. Instead of dining chairs find some folding chairs that can be folded and stored under your bed. I would use a nice ergonomic desk chair with wheels while working. This will give you the opportunity to use the table as a desk or as a dining table when you have guest.

Furniture Placement: If you’re room is large enough you can “float” the sofa in the middle and add a console or low dresser behind it. This can provide a nice barrier between the dining and living area, as they are usually shared spaces. You may have to move it around a bit to get it the way you want it. You may even put up a nice room divider behind the sofa to break it up even more.

Shelving: Shelving can be used in any room of your home and it provides a nice placement for you’re what knots or general storage needs. You can use baskets, mason jars and/or any nice containers to sit on the shelves. You can get inexpensive shelving at Ikea, swamp meet or discount store. Floating shelves are really nice and can add an extra flair to any room.

Greenery: Plants are a great way to bring life into you’re apartment. They look great and actually have health benefits. Plants help clean the air, control humidity and help reduce noise levels. Plants also improve the “energy” in your living space. Feng Shui actually mentions plants improve your homes chi. Place plants in areas you want to emphasize.

Lighting: Most apartments are dark and dreary, proper lighting enhances the decorating scheme in any room. There are many light sources available ranging from lamps, natural light to salt crystals. Natural light is the best source when possible. It’s the most cost effective solution on the planet. Given the very nature and style of apartments natural light may not be available or provide enough light for you’re needs. Lighting a room is often the hardest thing to do. Over lighting can have people shielding their eyes when they walk into a room and a room with no light will have people squinting to see.

Decorating an apartment can be a challenging task. There are limits to what can be done and rental rules you must follow. Cheap apartment decorating ideas can help you design the perfect apartment you will love. Please visit my blog for more design ideas and inspiration.

Pattaya Apartments – How to Find the Right Apartment

Get to know Pattaya before you rent an apartment in Pattaya for long term. Rent a Motorbike or scooter and explore Pattaya for a few days if you are new to Pattaya. Visit as many areas as you can. You will see which areas you like and which areas fit your budget if you are on a budget.

Most Apartment complexes won’t rent to you for less than 3 – 6 months during high season. You want to make sure you like the area that you will be living in. There are as many apartments in Pattaya as there are grains of sand on the beaches in Pattaya.

You will find very large apartment complexes with hundreds of apartments and you will find smaller buildings with 10, 20 or 30 units. You will see so-called serviced apartments which mean nothing more than “ready to move in”.

Bring a notepad along and take notes of the areas you like most. Stop by apartment complexes and find the owner, manager or management office. The manager will most likely speak some English.

Talk to tenants and find out if they like living there and if they know about issues, if any. Once you found and narrowed down on an apartment, visit the apartment and area during different times of the day and night. This is important! This is Thailand. You don’t want to find out about bars that stay open all night right on your doorstep after you paid your rent and your deposit.

Standard deposit is usually one month rent, but it may be a little bit more than that if there will be a cleaning fee when you move out. Rents vary from as little as 3,500 Baht to 10’s of thousands a month depending on size, location, furniture, whether it has a kitchen or not and much more.

Apartments for less than 3500 Baht a month may not be suitable for most westerners. I have seen very nice and clean apartments for 3,500 Baht and I have seen not so nice ones for 10,000 Baht. For 10,000 Baht a month you should be able to rent a very nice 1 room studio style Apartment with a good kitchen and nice furniture.

Understand how much you will be paying for water and electricity. I have heard of low rents but extremely high charges for water and power. Make sure you write down the water and power reading when you move in. Get a copy of the apartment rules if one is available.

Other Things To Consider :

  • Check that the power works including light fixtures
  • Check there is water in kitchen, bath, and shower
  • Do you need Air Conditioning?
  • Do the windows have screens?
  • Is there safe parking?
  • Make your list…

Pattaya is not your normal kind of city. It is a party town in many areas and when you choose to rent an apartment you may want to check out the vicinity during daytime and nighttime. Are there any bars close by? Bars can be fun for someone coming to visit Pattaya for a short time. Bars may not be so much fun if you have one in your backyard. Bars in Pattaya oftentimes stay open 24/7.

Renting an Apartment – 5 Things to Do Before Signing a Lease

Are you looking for an apartment to rent? Do a local and online search and you will find a number of rental units that fit your wants, needs, and budget. Before rushing to sign a lease, keep these five important points in mind.

Apartment Hunting Tip: Schedule a Showing

You want to ensure your money is wisely spent and this involves seeing the apartment for rent beforehand. Any landlord can make a building or unit look nice in words. Moreover, some large complexes use standard pictures. Basically, you may be seeing pictures of a similar apartment, but not the unit you would rent.

It is also important to note that websites like Craigslist.org are home to a number of apartment rental scams. Seeing the unit for yourself (inside and out), ensures you know the money you pay will go to an actual landlord or property manager, not a scammer.

Apartment Hunting Tip: Meet the Landlord

You may get lucky and score an apartment for rent in a multi-family home. In this case, you’ll typically see that the landlord is an actual person and not a company. This landlord is who you will be dealing with on a monthly basis. Should an emergency come about, this is the person who you will turn to for assistance. Meeting the landlord enables you to determine their personality and likability upfront. It also helps to ensure they’ll be someone who is easy to contact on an as-needed basis.

If you are interested in an apartment for rent that is a part of a larger complex owned by a rental company, you still want to meet a company representative. Ask who is showing you the apartment; is it the property manager or a member of the maintenance staff? It should be.

Apartment Hunting Tip: Determine Overall Rental Costs

In addition to ensuring your money is wisely spent, it is important to opt for an apartment for rent you can afford. Take more than the monthly rental costs in mind. Consider security deposits, heat, hot water, garbage, and so forth. Ask the landlord for information on the average cost of utilities to get a good idea ahead of time. Even if you intend to rent a unit where all utilities are included, consider the added cost of extras, which may include television, phone, and internet. These extra costs should all be considered when calculating the cost of living there.

Apartment Hunting Tip: Meet the Neighbors

You might be surprised how much valuable information you can squeeze out of a neighbor in a friendly conversation. Do they know why the last renters left? How is the neighborhood? Is the area safe? You might also get the opportunity to see for yourself if your neighbors are nice, rude, or the type of people who have their speakers as loud as they can go. Is this an area you want to live in or someone you want to live next to?

Apartment Hunting Tip: Review the Lease

So you love the apartment, the landlord seems nice, and the neighbors claim this is a great neighborhood for your family. This is all great, but then you realize that the landlord filled the lease with possible fees, rules, and a bunch of stipulations. You want to realize this ahead of time. It is only natural for a lease to have a late fee or a return checked fee. No excessive noise after 10pm is also a common rule, along with no unruly parties. However, make sure you aren’t signing away your rights when reviewing a lease, which is a legal document.

Now that you got an idea about what you should do before you agree to rent an apartment and sign a lease, are your ready to start your search for apartments for rent?