Figuring out how to live in your first (and second, and third…) apartment can be a bit of a challenge. This is particularly true if you’re coming from the dorms or having lived with your parents. Having a space all your own is a wonderful and beautiful thing, and that’s true even if you have roommates.

But how are you going to fill that space? If you’re searching for apartments for rent in Fort Collins that are near CSU, there’s a good chance that you’re a student. That means you’re on a budget.

Not to worry! Filling your living space with items that suit your personality doesn’t have to be a huge challenge or cost a lot of money. In today’s post, the team at Ram’s Crossing East has a few tips to make your life just a little bit easier. The end result is sure to be an apartment that you love living in. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Decorate Your First Apartment on the Cheap

If you’re just starting out, one of the best pieces of advice that you’ll get is to not rush out and buy a bunch of things just because you feel like you “should” have them. Not only will this cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s also sure to lead to an apartment full of stuff that you don’t really like or won’t even use. How can you do that, you ask?

Visit Estate Sales

Once you have decided what’s appropriate for your apartment, it’s time to find the right items. Estate sales and thrift stores are the ideal places to start. At this stage in your life, you don’t really have to think about buying pieces that are going to last your entire life, but you should think about how those pieces might move with you over the next few years. For example, you probably don’t want to buy the 200 lb dresser that will work for now and then have to move that after you graduate in a couple of years.

Other great sources of furniture and decorations are Craigslist, hand-me-downs, or clearance sections at big box stores like Target, Ikea, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes, and others. You could even head down to your parents’ basement and see what catches your eye. Nothing beats getting stuff for free, right?

Anything Can Be Art

Art can make a living space truly come alive. College students sometimes have a reputation for simply taping posters on their walls, and the good news is that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Your apartment is a reflection of who you are as a person, so your main focus should be on making it a space that you truly enjoy. One way that you can elevate that look is to grab a simple frame or two.

You can also do things like hang polaroid photos, grab cheap plants (Trader Joe’s is the perfect place to do this and it’s just down the street off of College and Horsetooth), or frame your favorite postcards. Another option is to wait for a gallery from CSU’s art department. Find an event and make your way over to peruse the talent on display from your fellow students and keep an eye out for something you like. You might be able to buy a particular piece then and there but you could also reach out to the artist to commission something specifically for your space. This is a great way to get items that you love for a fair price and the benefit is that they’re made right in your neck of the woods.

You can also find ways to highlight the little things that you love. Are you a fan of Legos? Set up a display. Do you collect action figures? Keep them out for the world to see. Whatever it is that you collect, corralling it into an organized display adds personality to your space. Speaking of which…

Just Be Yourself

Your apartment should be a reflection of who you are and because each person will use a living space differently, you should decorate in a way that makes sense to you. For example, as we mentioned above, think about the things that you actually need for your living space rather than the things you think are supposed to go there. If you don’t plan to have a lot of people over, do yourself a favor and skip out on the couch in favor of a cozy chair.

At the end of the day, how you utilize the space you have is entirely up to you and the best advice we can give is to put some thought into what makes the most sense and start working from there. Once you have an idea, simply get started, but know that there are likely going to be things that you’ll change or rearrange as you get to know the space a bit better. That’s okay! It’s all a part of the process. Have fun with it and you’ll be just fine.

Are You Searching for Apartments for Rent in Fort Collins?

When it comes to finding the right living space, it’s important to have a great community. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you live at Ram’s Crossing East. We have some of the largest apartments available in the Campus West area and there’s free parking, an outdoor heated pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and more. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment, you’ll be happy to hear that we have a great pet policy that allows you to bring your furry friend with you.

There’s a lot to love about living at Ram’s Crossing East and with such great amenities, wonderful floor plans, and beautiful apartments, you’re sure to find that decorating your space is a breeze. Why not come by and see for yourself? Schedule a tour with us today to take a look at our apartments near CSU. We think you’ll absolutely love what you see and we look forward to hearing from you.