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3 Ways To Use Your Old Furniture in Your New Apartment

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Classy house - living room interiorWhen most people move into a new apartment, they tend to bring a lot of things with them from their old one.  Sometimes, your old furniture fits into your new home.  But at other times, it looks awkward, as though it doesn’t belong.  Maybe you had an L-shaped couch in your old apartment which fit snugly into a corner.  In your new apartment, you might find that it would be better to have the L-shape on the other end of the couch.  Or maybe your new apartment would just look better with two loveseats rather than a sofa.

Given that the two floor plans are different, the furniture that fills the two apartments may also need to be different.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t use any of your old things in your new home.  Sometimes, you can make a few changes and get everything to look perfect.  Consider the following tips to update your old things for your new place:

  1. New covers.  If you have a sofa and chairs with replaceable covers, it might be a good idea to get new covers when you move.  This will help keep that air of newness in your new apartment.  It will also give you a change from having to see the same colors and patterns again and again.  If your old apartment was done up in darker colors like reds and maroons, you might want to go with pastels in your new apartment, just for a change.
  2. New curtains and rugs.  When you change sofa covers, you’ll probably also need to change your curtains and rugs to go with your new color combination.  If your old curtains and rugs are still in good shape, you may not want to replace them altogether.  Instead, you could try moving things around within the apartment.  Use your bedroom curtains for the living room and vice versa.  If you like, you can even have two sets of curtains and upholstery and use them interchangeably.
  3. Staining/painting furniture.  If your furniture is also in good shape and you think that it will fit well into your new apartment, then it makes sense to keep it.  However, if you’re aiming for that feeling of newness, you could stain or paint your furniture a different color after you move.  This will help to match it with your new color scheme.  You could also consider using the same pieces for different purposes.  For example, if you were using a bookshelf for books in your old apartment, you could use it to store things in your kitchen in the new apartment.  This way, you don’t throw it out but you still make things new.

Contact us for more tips on decorating your new apartment.

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