So you graduated, and you moved to the big city, and you got an 'adult' job, and now you have a bad case of impostor syndrome because while everyone else may be fooled for a while, you know that you are not an adult. But that doesn't mean your apartment can't look like it! These seven things will have everyone convinced that you've got it together, and, well, maybe after a while you can even convince yourself. And even if you don't, you can still enjoy your sweet new digs.
Get your bed off the floor.
If you're still sleeping on a mattress on the floor, it is time for an upgrade. You don't need to buy a fancy four poster bed — just a simple bed frame will do. You can buy one of these suckers for less than fifty dollars, and besides making your bedroom look better it will also make you more dateable.
Get a real couch (not a futon).
Nothing screams 'college kid' like a futon. You can find a real sofa that you love at a flea market or on Craigslist and plan to re-upholster it later, or check out these surprisingly affordable options under $500 and under $800.
Hang some art. In a frame. On the wall.
Art in a frame is pure class. Even better? Big art that makes a big statement, in place of a bunch of little pieces. Here are five ways to create appealing oversized art on the cheap.
Bonus: Get a rug.
Seriously, once you have a rug people will think you have put a lot of thought into your decor. Just make sure to get one that's big enough for your space. Here are 10 affordable room-sized options.
Get some dishes that match.
And throw out all those stadium cups with the half-worn graphics depicting the University of Wherever's 2012 starting baseball lineup. (Ok, or keep them, whatever, but put them where nobody can see them.) This doesn't have to be expensive. This Corelle service for 4 is only $24.99 from Amazon, and Crate and Barrel has some really nice dinner plates for as low as $3.
Bonus: Get some wine glasses.
Even better if you have four or more that actually match. And once again, this doesn't have to be expensive. Here's a roundup of 10 beautiful wine glasses for under $10 each, so you can drunkenly break them with impunity.
Clean up your act.
Look, nobody is expecting that your apartment is going to be spotless all the time. But putting (just a little) effort towards cleaning can go a long way towards making your place look like a legitimate home and not a college crash pad. Because I know you have better things to do, here are some cleaning tips for people who hate cleaning. Beyond that: may I recommend a Dust Buster?