I recently moved into an apartment by myself. Now, I’ve lived in apartments before but I’ve always had at least one roommate. For the first time ever, I am living alone (minus the kitten I just smuggled into my apartment the other night). So far I’m liking it but it is definitely different and it can get pretty lonely at times (hence the kitten). I’ve put together a list of five little things I found that made my 759 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment feel like my home.
1. Welcome mat/Something to hang on your main door
Let’s start with the first thing you see: your entrance. You are an individual so your entrance should reflect that. A cute welcome mat like this one adds some personality while also preventing dirt from being tracked into your new place. Add some flair to your door with a custom wreath.
Plants can serve a number of roles in your apartment. Not only do they make cute decor, they also have a few real benefits. Indoor plants help to reduce pollutants in the air, reduce carbon dioxide level, and increase humidity. We recommend Aloe, Spider Plant, and Jasmine.
3. Tapestries/Wall Art
In most rentals, whether it be an apartment or a house, you aren’t allowed to paint the walls. This often leaves you to a very plain, white environment. I don’t know about you but that would drive me crazy. Try hanging tapestries on large walls to take up a good amount of the white space in your apartment. For smaller walls, consider woven wall art or canvases.
4. Your OWN Piece(s) of Furniture
I’m not saying that I’m not grateful for the couch, bed, coffee table, and end table my mom gave me for my new apartment. Believe me, if people offer free or cheap furniture, TAKE IT (Don’t like it? Refinish it!). But there’s something about your own furniture that is brand new (at least to you or your family) that you’ve never seen in a place you’ve lived. I got new bar stools for my apartment and I absolutely love them!
5. Better Lighting
In every apartment that I’ve lived in, the kitchen had horrible fluorescent lighting. It’s harsh on the eyes and does not make for good selfie lighting. I suggest investing in string lights that are on a wire. The wire allows you to manipulate them into any space. Lamps with multiple shades help to bring light to a more broad area. Looking to light up a balcony/porch? We love Edison string lights.
So there you have it. Whether you’re moving into a new apartment soon or are just looking for ways to improve your current one, you now have some of our favorite apartment hacks to consider. We would love to hear about how you made the most of your space!