Working with a newlywed budget can make it hard to furnish and decorate a new apartment or home.
Pinterest offers a number of ways to “DIY,” which stands for “Do It Yourself.”
According to a 2012 article from Search Engine Journal, “At 10.4 million users, it is the fastest growing social media site in history. Tutorial, DIY, and recipe pins see a 42 percent higher click-through rate than other pin types.”
In Fall 2012, BYU-Idaho had 3,616 married students. Twelve students who were interviewed said they tried DIY projects to decorate their apartments.
Coles might receive hand-me-downs, wedding money or gift cards.
“I know the hard thing for us is that we have mostly hand-me-down furniture that we use,” said Jared Stoddard, a sophomore studying web development. “It is a great blessing and has saved us so much financially, but when it comes to having the apartment look presentable, it does make it difficult when your couch is white, bookshelves are black and entertainment center that is a light brown, topped off with an early-90s blue recliner chair.”
According to HGTV, there are several budgeting secrets to decorating.
The biggest distraction from a simple design is clutter. Shelves, a desk, or closet doors are key to organization.
Build a headboard. They have form and function and can be made of about every imaginable material, like hardwood with wrought-iron inlays, illuminated acrylic or fabric panels.
Break large spaces by creating zones with dividers or artwork.
Lighting is a cost-effective way to transform dark, cave-like rooms into warm, inviting spaces.
Sew your own pillows.
“I don’t believe home decor should be a chore,” said Pamela Cole Harris, a designer specializing in recycled decor and budget home decorating, in an article from www.budgetdecorating.about.com. “I think you should have fun with it. Bring in some live plants to give a feeling of nature in the room.”
Harris said placing furniture away from walls helps rooms be clutter-free.
“Dumpster-diving,” a practice that involves rummaging through garbage, is becoming a more popular option for people. If an item is found to be in good condition, it can be refurnished to look new.
A website called www.dumpsterdiving.meet.com helps people communicate with other local divers and talk about techniques for grabbing what they call “garbage gems.”
Some married students go with the thriftstore route of decorating.
According to Kristy Mae Henderson, a junior studying home and family science, a local Facebook gro called Rexburg Garage Sale is a place where people buy and sell things for good prices.
“Cooper and I got lucky with generous friends and family with wedding money and we went thrifting in California over Christmas break. Now our apartment looks ser good,” Henderson said.