6 Ways to Upgrade Your Apartment Like the Grown Adult You Are

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Apartment Like the Grown Adult You Are

There’s nothing better than getting your own place.
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There’s nothing better than getting your own place. You get to decorate and arrange it however you want! You can also upgrade it as well—this really makes it your own and shows off how great you are at adulting. You can get stuff done and make your apartment even more awesome!

1. Get Some Double Duty Furniture

One of the downsides to apartments is the struggle for space. That’s why double duty furniture comes in handy. Something like a sleeper sofa can be great for using as a couch and as an extra bed when you have guests over. Ottomans with storage in them are another good choice, as there’s no such thing as too much storage!

The big thing is saving space while remaining efficient, yet still having a stylish and guest-friendly pad. You don’t want to have your friends crashing on your floor when they could have a bed to sleep on!

2. Upgrade Grandma’s Old Furniture

Getting hand-me-down furniture from family members is always awesome—yay free stuff! But some of it might not be quite to your taste. Luckily, there are tons of ways to upgrade it and make it your own. Plus, old, sturdy furniture is going to be worth a lot more in the long run than the stuff you pick up from Ikea.

One of the easiest ways to make something look new is to change the knobs or handles. Put some modern ones on that old dresser for a sleeker look. Repainting is a good option as well, especially if the furniture isn’t in the best shape and the paint is peeling or chipping already. Staining is important too since you want all the woods in a room to match!

3. Paint The Walls

Give your rooms a bit more pizzazz and character with some new paint! A lot of times you’ll get apartments with bland white or beige walls. While that can go with almost anything, it’s pretty boring. Some bold new colors can really liven a place up.

You want to make sure the paint job goes smoothly. You don’t want patchy walls or drips everywhere. Make sure you take your time and move things out of the way to get every inch of the walls. Those little paint cards are too small to really get a feel for how things will look on the walls, so get some sample paint and test a larger surface out before you commit.

4. Frame Your Art And Posters

The touch of a frame can go a long way in making your place look sleeker. Instead of just taping your posters and pictures on the walls, get some nice frames for them. They don’t have to be expensive ones—even a plastic frame can go a long way on making things look more polished. If you want to create your own frame, there are pretty easy DIY ways to do just that!

5. Add Your Own Touch

Instead of buying things like soap dispensers, lamps and other little things, try making your own. Obviously you’ll have to buy your base materials, but finding a DIY tutorial online and twisting it a little for your own style can give you things no one else has. They may be little, but there’s a good chance guests are going to take notice—and wonder where you got such cool stuff!

6. Don’t Be Afraid Of A Little Clutter

Obviously, you don’t want to go overboard. But having a bit of clutter, like a stack of books or magazines on your end table or DVDs on a shelf, is what makes a house a home. You want it to look a bit lived in, not like some pristine setup from a showroom floor. Don’t try to hide everything behind fancy decorations and put personal photos up instead of just art. This is your apartment, and it should look like it.

Make your apartment the place everyone wants to hang out at! Get started on some upgrades and really make your new place feel like home.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle: Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay.

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying. What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense. I've heard it all, "He was cute, why didn't you like him?" "You didn't even give him a chance!" "You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous; however, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do. I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well. Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR FINDING A NICE GUY. It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault. If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs." Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him. If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it. He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush. Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling. :)

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.

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I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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