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Studio apartment 2.0: What are some simple and affordable tweaks I can make to basic furnishings that let me shop at IKEA without looking like all I did was shop at IKEA?
posted by Apropos of Something to home & garden (20 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting my first studio apartment in the fall, and I couldn't be more excited. I'm also really excited to put together my ultimate utilitarian, grad-school-ready living and working space with modern furniture. For price reasons (and because I won't have a car to weed through the tons of crap that's on Craigslist to find the gems), that's pretty much IKEA. Still, I'm hip to the fact that the apartment that's furnished from one trip to IKEA can look a little stale and catalogue-y. I've got time and attention to spend customizing my pieces - I don't have much money to invest or space to keep large tools.
What are some simple projects or ideas for ways I can customize bookcases, tables, desks, endtables, etc. to make them a little more inviting? Bonus points for anything that emphasizes wood grain, leather, or minimalistic style. Assume I've read most of IKEA Hackers
and love it to pieces. I'm living in Seattle, if that matters.