It’s easy to decorate a porch on a budget, compared to the other spaces in your apartment. With a few simple additions, you can transform an empty looking porch into a charming outdoor space. You don’t have to break the bank while doing it either. Here’s how:
Ask Your Landlord for Items
Your landlord may have packed away decorating items, thinking you would want to buy your own. However, if you’re on a budget, it’s worth taking a look at what they have available in storage. Your landlord may want to preserve the decorations for their own use after you move out, and so you may not be able to get anything. On the other hand, they might sell decorations to you at garage sale prices or allow you to use it for free. You won’t know your options unless you ask. Look for opportunities to bring it up during a friendly conversation, or give them a call and ask them directly.
Check Moving Sales in Your Area
You’ll get the best deals when you want to decorate your porch from private sellers who are moving out or want to get rid of things. Wood chairs, rocking chairs, swing pillows and even plants are easy to find because people don’t have the space at their new location or don’t want to pay to ship them. This means you’re sure to find good bargains, which you can negotiate further. Remember when you look at furniture, that you can paint or repaint it to improve its appearance. There are also ways to fix scratches and dents, so don’t pass up a good deal just because something has a few bumps and bruises. At the same time, stay away from junk that will only take away the appeal of you porch decorations.
Buy Artificial Plants
Plants on a porch add to its organic and natural appearance, and you don’t want to decorate a porch without them. However, prices for real plants are on the rise as more and more individuals are understanding the value of gardening and growing herbs and plants. One way to help with costs is to buy artificial plants that look like the real thing. There are many advantages to this, including the fact that you won’t have to worry about watering or caring for them. It will also last a long time and won’t agitate existing allergies. Buy tall, artificial plants from your local dollar store, crafts store or a department store that features a home and garden section.
Sew Your Own Accessories
Upholstering a porch swing, sewing your own chair pillows or making your own quilts are all ways to save money and decorate your porch on a budget. Put your sewing machine to work, or hand sew items to give your porch decorations a personal touch. You can buy patterns for any project at your favorite local or online sewing supplies shop, or look for a free pattern online.
Don’t let your budget discourage you as you work to decorate your porch. Let your creativity compensate for the money you don’t have.