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How To Furnish and Decorate Your Home on a Tight Budget

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With all the home improvement TV shows and decor inspiration on Pinterest these days, it can be hard to not want to furnish and decorate your home just like your “dream home” Pinterest board. But to make those “dream home” inspirations a reality, it can cost an absolute fortune. To combat this, I’ve adopted a “less is more” mentality. Eliminate the clutter and use decor and furniture that can fit all seasons of life.

When Luke and I got married, we were fresh out of college with student loans and a tight budget. We didn’t have a lot of money to spare, but of course the homemaker in me still wanted to make our new apartment a welcoming home.

So how did I decorate and furnish my apartment on a tight budget?

Simple. I used furniture and decor I already had, DIY’d pieces from Goodwill, Craigslist, the dollar store, and even items left on the side of the road. I shopped major sales at stores like Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Walmart. And finally I utilized Amazon to get the best deals on items that I couldn’t find elsewhere for a better price.

Additionally, I was quite fortunate to have just had my wedding before moving into our apartment together. I was able to keep some of the decor from my wedding to use as decor in my apartment.

Let’s take a look at exactly how I furnished and decorated our apartment for two on a budget of $1,000…


Below I’ve included pictures of all the rooms in my apartment. I’ll share with you exactly how I furnished/decorated them and how much money I spent. I’m sharing this information as inspiration so you can get ideas of how you can furnish and decorate your home on a budget as well.

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The Living Room

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Couch: $100

We bought our couch for $100 on Facebook Marketplace from a super sweet husband and wife who no longer needed it. We gladly took it off their hands. They even delivered for free!

Recommendation – Search through “Facebook Marketplace”, “Buy, Sell, Trade” groups on Facebook specific to your area, or Craigslist. It will save you a fortune instead of buying new.

End Tables: $60 for two

We bought our end tables from Target and assembled them ourselves. They are cheap wood but look great and I LOVE the storage bins in the bottom.

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(available in 4 colors)

Lamps: $40 for two

Our lamps were on sale for a great deal from either Marshall’s or Homegood’s (I don’t remember which). Tall living room lamps can cost a lot of money so this was a great steal.

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Two 24″ Table Lamps –

1 Floor Lamp and 2 Table lamps –

Throw Pillows: $35 for all four pillows

I bought the two flowered pillows on sale at Marshall’s for $10 each and both grey pillows in a 2 pack from Walmart for $15.

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set of two:

set of two: (7 colors available)



Coffee Table: $50 from garage sale

My mom helped Luke and I out a great deal with finding bargain items for our apartment. She found us our coffee table at a local garage sale for a great steal. I love that our coffee table has 5 drawers in it. They will be perfect when we have kids one day and can store their toys and other junk in them 😉

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(more colors available)

Fake Flowers + Vases: $6 total for 3 vases and 3 bunches of flowers

Recommendation – Buy vases and fake flowers from any type of dollar store or Walmart. I checked Amazon and they are much more expensive in comparison to buying at Walmart or a dollar store.

Curtains: $15 total for 1 rod and 2 curtain panels

I bought the curtain rod for $5 and the curtains for $5 each at Walmart. These are solely for decor purposes as they are very sheer. Our apartment came with blinds installed on all the windows so we didn’t need light blocking curtains.

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The Dining Area

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Light Oak Wood Kitchen Table and Chairs: $120

We bought our table and chairs as a set for $120 from a seller on the app OfferUp. A pretty great deal for real wood furniture.

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Chalkboard (above eating table): Free from wedding

We bought an ugly picture on sale from Marshall’s for our wedding (to use for our hot chocolate bar menu) and painted over the picture with chalkboard paint. We kept the wooden frame it’s original color. Painting a picture with chalk paint is a perfect, budget way to make your own huge chalkboard!

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(adhesive chalkboard paper for the wall)

The Kitchen

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Bulb Lights: Free

We got our bulb lights on our wedding gift registry. I love having lights around the kitchen window. It makes our kitchen glow and adds a beautiful ambiance when I’m cooking.

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25 ft white lights-

25 ft black lights –

Little Chalkboard (Above Oven): $3

I bought the cute little chalkboard from the Target Dollar Spot. It’s the perfect size to hang anywhere.

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“Eat, Drink, and Be Cozy” Wooden Frame: Free

My talented friend K.C. painted the wooden frame in our kitchen. I absolutely love it. It’s always been one of my favorite decor pieces in our apartment.

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Dish Towels: Free

I received about 15 dish towels on our wedding registry which was great because you can never have enough.

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The Bedroom

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King Size Bed – $200

Our bed is on the floor with no bed frame. We have it on top of two twin size boxspring mattresses Luke had since college. Did I mention this is a frugal furniture post? 😉 We bought the King size mattress for $200 off Amazon and WE LOVE IT. Best deal you can find for a quality and comfortable King size mattress.

This mattress below is the exact King size mattress we bought for $200. So far we are 100% satisfied with it and extremely happy with our decision to go budget instead of buying the $2000+ mattresses we were testing out at the mattress stores.

My dresser: $10

We picked it up at a dumpster and fixed it up by hand sanding and painting it. ($10 for sand paper and spray paint)

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Luke’s Solid Oak Dresser: $50

We bought Luke’s dresser off Craigslist for $50. A great deal because that thing is HEAVY solid wood and in great condition.

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Bedside Tables in Bedroom: $25 for both

We  bought my bedside table off the app “OfferUp” for $15. It’s so cute I was so happy with my find. We bought Luke’s bedside table at Goodwill for $10 which was another great steal.

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(pair of 2)

(pair of 2)

Bedroom Lamps: $5 for both 

 Luke’s was bought at a garage sale for $5 and mine is from my childhood bedroom.

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(pair of 2)

(pair of 2)

(pair of 2)

Picture Frames in our Bedroom: $32 for all frames + big quote picture

The large quote frame was bought at Marshall’s for $20. The frames on either side are printed freebies off line and the picture frames were bought on sale for $2 at Walmart. The picture frames on the bedside tables bought at Marshall’s at 2 for $8.

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(10 frames, various sizes)

(2 frames)

(5 ready to paint DIY frames)


Floor Length Curtains: FREE

I bought the two curtain panels for my college bedroom several years ago and we kept them for our bedroom.

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(12 colors available)

(2 panels)

The Entertainment Center + Bookshelf

Luke built both our bookshelf and entertainment center for free with leftover materials from his cabinet job he was working at the time.

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Bookshelf: FREE – built by my husband 🙂

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(4 colors / 2 styles)

TV stand: FREE – built by my husband 🙂

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Bulb Lights: $15 from Amazon

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25 ft white lights-

25 ft black lights –


Our TV is Luke’s that he bought his freshman year of college. He bought it majorly discounted at a black Friday sale so even then it was a great deal. 🙂

The Fireplace/Mantel

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Fireplace Decor: $27

A lot of the cute decor you see on our mantel we got to keep from our wedding. SCORE! The M&L, chalkboard box, and the lanterns were wedding decor. The banner was leftover decor from my bridal shower that I got to keep. My mom helped out a ton with the lanterns for our wedding by finding great sales and even purchasing a few at Goodwill.  I DIY’d the grey mirror by buying an ugly old mirror from a thrift store for 5 bucks and painting it grey. The vase and fake flowers were $2 from our local dollar store. The picture frame on the left side was a wedding gift. And the big clock at the top I found at Marshall’s for $20!

Lanterns: FREE from Wedding Decor 

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Mirror on Mantel: $5 to DIY

 I bought an old mirror from Goodwill for $5 and spray painted it grey to be the focal point of our fireplace mantel. (can of spray paint – $5) Mirrors can be SPENDY so I suggest trying out a DIY option like I did from a thrift store or be picky and wait for a sale.

Large Wall Clock: $20

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The Entry Way

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Entry Way Bench, Mirror, and throw blanket: $15 for everything

The entry way bench and mirror are from a garage sale for $15 bucks total. The throw blanket was on our wedding registry and the pillow was a Christmas gift this past year.

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The Bathroom

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Shower Curtain: FREE from wedding registry

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Cabinet Organizer: $50 from Walmart

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mini crates: $2 each from Walmart

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bath rug: FREE from wedding registry

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(6 colors available)

“Be Still and Know That I Am God” wood sign: $15 off Amazon (purchased while still in college so it wasn’t included in our apartment budget)

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And that’s a wrap!

Now you have some fresh ideas on how to decorate and furnish your apartment or house on a budget. Go hit up those garage sales, DIY your bargain finds, shop the best sales, and say hello to your beautifully furnished apartment on a dime.

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