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Moving into a new place can make it very exciting to think about various décor options available to you. By adding furniture, repainting the walls and adding some artwork, you can make the new container your own.
Before you go all out, think of the cost!
It’s quite expensive to do all these changes and you may have to spend around thousands on new apartment furniture alone! But don’t worry, it’s possible to furnish and decorate your new container without spending that much.
Here are some of the best ideas on how to decorate your container home affordably.
1. Get Thrifty
You should visit the nearest thrift stores to find high-quality items at the cheapest price possible. If you check various locations, you should be able to find amazing deals.
On the subject of keeping things cheap, don’t forget lighting too!
Lighting can have a dramatic effect on your living space and you don’t have to spend a fortune on lighting fixtures.
Home lighting experts Smart and Fast Electrical say, allowing more light into your home won’t just make it more liveable, it helps you save money too. They say, “By making small changes you can add more natural light into your space, you don’t have to use electrical lighting during daylight hours. For night lighting, use energy-efficient light sources. Consider upgrading to LED lights which lasts 5 to 10 times longer and uses 75% more energy than halogen bulbs.”
2. Consider Taking Preloved Furniture
If you’re willing to take secondhand items, you can find a lot of these freebies with a bit of effort.
For instance, some people post items they want to give away for free on social media. Usually, you have to pick the item yourself or pay for shipping.
There are also many buy and sell groups available on Facebook and other platforms where you can buy used items at bargain prices. Don’t forget to check garage sales near you. You might get lucky and find cheap furniture deals or even receive some items for free.
3. Take Out Personal Loans When Necessary
While it’s not a good idea to go into debt, taking a small personal loan for transforming your home into a peaceful and tranquil space is always an option.
If you are out of cash and you need essential items for your new home, it may be necessary to take a personal loan to fund the purchase. For instance, you can use the loan to buy a decent bed frame and a good mattress.
If you spend significant time working from home, investing in a new PC and an ergonomic computer desk may also be necessary purchases.
Of course, you need to make sure that you can afford to make the loan payments on time. And, be sure to find the loan with the lowest rates and most reasonable terms.
4. Be Your Own Stylist
If you find any art or objects thrown away, you can transform them into beautiful pieces effortlessly. With some interior décor inspirations from Pinterest and a bit of crafting guidance from the internet or a local handyman, you can transform the trash you picked into an amazing art piece.
While it’s interesting to DIY, don’t be lured into buying or bringing too much stuff into your new home.
Cleaning and disposal experts Any Rubbish say, it’s better to think minimalist especially if you have limited space. They say, “Clutter makes a small space appear even smaller. For a container home this means reducing your available space. Stick to the basics, leave that bare floor space alone, and choose multi-functional pieces with built-in storage. And, all unnecessary items must go."
5. Weigh the Pros of Renting Furniture
Rent-to-own companies are becoming more popular with many renters and homeowners. These companies offer a 1 or 2-year scheme where you “rent” furniture and appliances for a specific number of months. At the end of the term, you become the owner of the item you rented. Basically, you will be using the item before you have completely paid for it.
Most companies offer an auto-debit arrangement, so you don’t need to worry about missing rent payments. By renting furniture, you will have access to a great range of brands and products, cheap installation, free delivery, and low fixed payments even if you have bad credit. They can also be returned once you no longer have use for it and rented out again, making it a sustainable option just like the container home itself.
According to Direct Appliance Rentals, renting provides easier access to furniture and appliances. They say, “For just a fraction of the price, you can have the basic items you need in your new home without worrying about maintenance fees. If your job involves constant relocation, it makes even more sense to rent than buy furniture you wouldn’t use for long.”
6. Consider the Shape of the Furniture
Before checking the fabric of the sofa, you need to consider the shape. So, if you come across some great deals on sofas, check whether that piece of furniture fits your new living space. That’s because you can always reupholster and change the fabric.
Remember, your container home will lend itself to sharp, angular furniture so choose wisely.
7. Stick to One of the Same Items
When shopping for furniture, choose only one of each kind. Don’t buy the same pieces with different styles just because you find them lovely and cheap.
For instance, if you come across an amazing coffee table then stumble upon an equally glamorous brass side table, don’t be tempted to buy both. Your coffee table will not look very special if there’s a side table with a matching design.
8. You Can’t Go Wrong With Neutral Colours
When choosing the best furniture pieces, go for neutral colours, especially for classic pieces. You can move neutral items into different rooms without worrying about colour clash. Moreover, you can give these neutral pieces a different look by switching accessories, throw rugs, and cushions.
By doing this, you will only incur a huge cost for the neutral items once rather than paying for something new each time you want to give your place a new look.
9. Focus on the Layout
Take advantage of the space in your container home. You need to work on designing it to optimise the flow and feel of each room.
If you have a smaller space, find ways to make the room feel bigger and wider than the actual size. Mirrors can do wonders for small spaces and it can make the room brighter. You can also look for a great focal point and focus on it while keeping other items minimal.
With these décor options, your home or new container home will look amazing!
Are you looking to invest in your own beautiful and functional container home? Chat to the team from Container Homes today!