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How to Transform Your Rented Apartment for Under $500



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Many people feel hopeless decorating a rental apartment. One is that there are SO many limitations as to what you can and cannot change. I’m here to tell you it’s 100% possible to turn a rented space into a home that reflects your personal style …. WHILE on a budget!


If you truly want to transform your space, you should begin with the bases of your home. The bases of your space consist of large items such as large furniture and area rugs. These items are definitely the first I suggest to be switched out if you are really looking to transform your space. This means getting rid of your old furniture and a great place to sell those items is on FB Marketplace!

When looking for a new sofa or rug on a tight budget, resources like Amazon or Walmart are fantastic for amazing deals.  I like to recommend futon sofas to people who are on a VERY strict budget, as they tend to be on the cheaper side.


The next step to transforming your space is adding decor and art. Decorations are the glue that combines the look of your entire space. Small objects, frames, vases, books, etc, are all easy to find on a small budget. My favorite go-to places to find these types of items are Homegoods, Amazon, and H&M.

In terms of art, it’s important to remember that you’re allowed to spend a little extra on it. Art is something that you can take with you from home to home and can be used through the years.  Just like decor, Amazon and Homegoods are great resources to find art on a budget. Refer to my previous article about how to choose the right type of art for your space. You can easily find an abundance of chic art and decor for under $200 when looking in the right places!

Although $500 will probably only allow you to change one room in your home, it can still create a significant transformation. In summary, the two keys to creating a transformation are changing your bases and adding decor. Many people feel helpless when trying to redecorate because they are just reusing the same items they already have in their space.  The KEY is to switch it up and buy new items. Yes, it is possible to create some type of transformation by using the items you already have, but creating an entirely new space will cost some money.


Again, this post is for people who are on a true budget and want to transform their space. I will be writing a separate article about how to redecorate for under $1000.  I hope this post has been helpful and please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment section below! All resources will be in the Shop section.

xo, Chelsey

Learn how to transform your rental apartment for under $500 with these budget friendly decorating ideas. These decorating ideas for apartments and DIY will make your small home, small living room or small apartment stand out from the rest.

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Hi, I'm Chelsey

I’m an interior decorator, author, and “heirloom hunter”, discovering and returning lost family artifacts along my search for home accents. I'm also a dog mom, and very well aware there are some people who just follow me for him.

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