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Easy and affordable DIY projects for your new apartment

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Have you ever walked into a brand new, empty apartment and immediately felt the urge to make it your own? Whether you live in a space-efficient studio or a larger apartment, a new apartment is an exciting opportunity to make it all your own. But where to even start? With lots of online inspiration from blogs like Studio DIY and Frills and Drills, the possibilities are endless.

With all the new materials you'll be purchasing for your DIY projects, it's important to ensure they're protected. An extended warranty plan like MulberryCare can keep you covered if any of your DIY materials become damaged or encounter an accident, meaning you won't be on the hook for expensive repair or replacement costs.

Let's take a look at 5 awesome DIY project ideas for a new apartment.

1. DIY farmhouse table

If you’re a fan of the rustic, cozy design style, a DIY farmhouse table might be a good place to start. After all, is there anything more nostalgic and comforting than sitting around a classic farmhouse table? While you can choose to build it from scratch from hundreds of free design plans and tutorials online, you can also simply purchase an old table from a thrift store or online marketplace and refinish it. Choose from dozens of stains and designs to make it entirely your own. Have fun with it!

Whatever route you choose to take, a DIY farmhouse table is a great way to cozy up an empty apartment so it feels more comfortable and lived in.

2. DIY nightstand

Another fun project for a new apartment is a DIY nightstand. If you’ve ever browsed the internet looking for a nightstand that fits your style, budget, and is made of sturdy materials that will last, you already know it’s pretty difficult to find. Luckily, if you DIY it, you can create the nightstand of your dreams–and it’s pretty cost effective too!

There are dozens of nightstand designs and tutorials online, so find one that fits your style and get to work! Also, don’t forget to choose a fun color to make your apartment pop!

3. DIY craft table

If you love to craft (or you have kids or family members who do), you’ve probably had moments when you wished you had a dedicated space for it. While the kitchen table technically works, it’s pretty inconvenient having to move your craft project every time it’s time to eat or accidentally damaging the table from paint.

DIY craft tables are easy to create, cost efficient, and a great way to make a generic apartment both functional and comfortable. Whether you choose a simple design or opt for a more time-intensive plan with more storage, a DIY craft table is a great project.

4. DIY headboard

Although the functional purpose of headboards is technically just to create a barrier between your bed and the wall, they’re also a great way to add style and personality to a room. However, if you’ve ever searched for one online, you probably already know that many headboards are surprisingly expensive.

Headboards have recently become a popular DIY project because they’re easier to create than you might think. All you really need are a few wood pieces for the frame, some thick batting, a fabric of your choice, and a staple gun. Of course, there are dozens of online tutorials if you want to create a fancier version, but if you want a simple headboard, it’s a project you can probably complete within a couple of days.

5. Welcome mat

Although it’s easy to only focus on the interior of your new apartment, don’t forget about the entryway. The front door is the first thing anyone will see when they arrive at your apartment, so it’s important to make it feel cozy, welcoming, and reflective of your personal style.

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your entryway, try painting a welcome mat. Simply purchase a blank doormat and paint whatever welcome message and other decorations that you’d like. It’s a simple but effective way to make your apartment feel more like home.

Final thoughts

While moving into a new apartment is often fun and exciting, it’s also important to make it feel like home. With a few of these simple DIY projects, you’ll be well on your way to making your apartment a more welcoming and comfortable place of you in no time.

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Justin Smith

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Justin Smith has written about everything from stock market investing to electric vehicles, most recently for SuperMoney, Mulberry and EverLaw. Apart from optimizing the latest blog content and hunting for the perfect keywords, he also enjoys going on long runs.

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