Life as a college student teaches you to adapt quickly. From class schedules to exams to working at a part time job, there are a lot of things that get thrown your way on an average day. When you move into an apartment you also have to find furniture. This can be quite the challenge, but the good news is that the team at Ram’s Crossing East has some advice for you in today’s post.

If you’ve been searching for apartments in Fort Collins near CSU you’ll be pleased to hear that we offer a great selection of floor plans to suit pretty much everyone. From studio apartments to 2-bedroom apartments to townhomes, you’re sure to find something that is right for you and meets your needs perfectly. Add in our amazing amenities and you’re all set!

But how will you go about the task of furnishing your apartment? It can be easier said than done and there are plenty of things to consider. If the idea of finding furniture for you apartment seems daunting, today’s blog is sure to help. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Find Furniture For Your Apartment

If you’re just about to settle into your first apartment it can be tempting to look at design blogs and websites and think that you need to be investing in high quality pieces that will stand the test of time. The truth of the matter is that when you’re in college, sticking to a budget is key.

Our advice is to shop for items that won’t break the bank and are easy to disassemble and move. After all, no one wants to lug a heavy dresser into a moving truck when graduating from college. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to find great looking pieces that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Here are a few places to look.

Shop the Sales

Whether it’s Target, Walmart, or Big Lots, keep an eye out for when items go on sale. This being the digital age, finding items on clearance can be incredibly easy and many of the aforementioned stores’ websites even allow you to ship the item to a nearby store for free. This can save you time and money, and as a college student, that’s a winning combination. Amazon and Overstock also offer a number of great options for buying furniture and decorations for your apartment on the cheap.

Our advice is to read the reviews beforehand (if possible) to ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting. Your main concern here should be in determining your value to cost ratio. It’s important not to overspend, so figure out the amount you want to spend on a given piece of furniture and make it a point not to go over your budget. There’s a time and a place for purchasing more expensive pieces but college life is not that time.

Check Out the Thrift Stores

Another great option is to check out local thrift stores. ARC and Goodwill are always popular options and if you’re looking for something specific then be sure to check when each store offers specials. For example, some stores will offer a specific discount on a particular day of the week; others will offer discounts on items with a certain color of sticker.

Be sure to check back frequently because new things are always being donated and you never know when the perfect piece of furniture or decor might show up. Diligence is key to thrift store shopping.

Additionally we would advise you to be on the lookout for items that just need a little bit of TLC to make them into something amazing. That ugly dresser with the dorky knobs? A couple coats of paint and some new hardware might just make it into the coolest thing in your home. Use your imagination and don’t be afraid to get crafty and use your imagination to turn a less-than-ideal piece into something that works well for you. Be sure to check out DIY renovations blogs to get ideas and before you know it you’ll have an apartment that’s full of amazing pieces that you didn’t have to spend much money to get.

Hand-Me-Downs Are Always Smart

You know the old saying “the best things in life are free?” This is particularly true when you’re in college and you’re looking for ways to save money. Therefore if you can do a little bit of shopping in your parents’ basement and it costs you exactly zero dollars, take full advantage!

Whether it’s the bed frame that your mom had before she met your dad or a sofa that used to belong to your grandparents, now is the time to make it your own! What better way to reduce, reuse, and recycle (and give your parents some extra space to store other things) than by taking full advantage of hand-me-down furniture?

Unless it’s a family heirloom you could take advantage of the same idea we mentioned above and give it a DIY renovation. The outdated coffee table might look incredible after sanding it down and giving it a fresh coat of stain or painting it in a more modern color. Either way, having something that belonged to a family member is special and being able to give it new life ensures that it doesn’t take up space in a basement or head to a landfill and that’s a win no matter how you look at it.

Are You Searching for an Apartment in Fort Collins Near CSU?

With plenty of floor plans to choose from in the form of studio apartments, 1-bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom apartments, and townhomes, no matter how you choose to furnish your living space you’re sure to love your time at Ram’s Crossing East. Our amenities include an outdoor heated pool, barbecue area, on-site management, 24-hour maintenance, a fitness and tanning center, beautiful courtyard, on-site laundry, and more.

And perhaps best of all for students at CSU is the fact that it’s so close to campus. Nothing beats being able to hop out of bed, grab your bag, and make it to class and it’s certainly better than having to drive every day and pay for a parking permit. Plus we are a pet-friendly apartment complex, ensuring that your four-legged friend has somewhere great to stay as well.

No matter what you hope to get out of a student apartment, you’ll find it at Ram’s Crossing East. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!