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Features@kaleo.org | Maria Kanai Editor |Alvin Park Associate

2012 Spring Housing Guide

Save cash with a furnished apartment

Strategies for making your furnished apartment feel like home K ARLEANNE M AT THEWS Chief Copy Editor There are clear financial advantages to renting a furnished apartment. Large furniture pieces, such as beds and couches, are not only expensive but difficult to move. But living in a furnished apartment can feel like staying in someone else’s space. Here are some ways to take advantage of the practicality of a furnished place while adding personal touches at minimal cost.

S W I T C H U P T H E L AYO U T

KARLEANNE MATTHEWS / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

Don’t think you have to leave all the furniture where it was when you arrived. Arrange what’s there to suit your individual preferences and needs. Keep adjusting the layout for the fi rst week or two that you live in the space; you’ll fi nd out over time that you need a little more space in that spot where you’re always bumping your shins,

or that you don’t use that one cupboard as much as you thought and it’s fi ne to partially block it with a chair. And the best part of changing the furniture arrangement is that it’s a completely free way to transform your space.

ADD SMALL FURNITURE

You may not want to replace a couch or table (because of cost or hassle), but consider adding smaller pieces such as bookshelves, nightstands, a coffee table or a desk. If you’re willing to look online or at discount stores, you can fi nd these items for $20 or less each. This will allow you to put your personal spin on the apartment’s look, while also making sure the space is functional for your needs. If you’re concerned about having too many furniture styles in a small space, choose simple designs that can appear almost like a set: for example, black wood items with clean lines.

C H A N G E S O F T  F I N I S H I N G S

You can make a big impact (at a small cost) with fabrics. Spruce up a tired design with fresh bedding, curtains and couch pillows (browse stores such as Ross for an eclectic se lection). Bright rugs and new f loor mats can add color, and even buying new towels for the bathroom can help personalize what is generally a bland space. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider buying fabric to make items for several different rooms to keep a cohesive feel. A lso think about modif ying existing furniture pieces; for example, I used some inexpensive faux leather and a thin piece of cardboard to make a simple black topper for a rattan dresser that came in my apartment but isn’t really my style.

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Features@kaleo.org | Maria Kanai Editor |Alvin Park Associate

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2012 Spring Housing Guide

Finish it off from previous page

D O N  T F O RG E T A R T

One of the easiest ways to show your personality is through the artwork you select for your apartment. Whether you’re into paintings bought from a gallery or sports posters, buy some simple frames to feature your favorites. Finally, fi nish your decorating off with some photos of your friends and loved ones to make sure the apartment truly feels like home.

IN THIS ROOM •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••

Rearranged furniture (free) Desk ($40) Topper for dresser ($5) Sheer curtains ($5) Curtain tiebacks ($2) Bedding ($60) Bed risers ($10) Bedside lamps ($20) Painting ($20) Personal photos (free)

Total cost: $162 KARLEANNE MATTHEWS / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

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