100 DIY Apartment Decorating Ideas

These DIY apartment decorating ideas on a budget will help you decorate for less and maximize the space in your apartment. With these DIYs, you can make your apartment look classy without spending much money!

Kitchen Apartment Decorating Ideas

$30 DIY Marble Countertops
All you need is contact paper!
Hanging Kitchen Garden
clay pots + white spray paint  + rubber bands + jute rope + wood dowel rods +  curtain rings  + curtain brackets

DIY Concrete Dining Table Top
thrift store dining set + brackets and screws + primer & paint + concrete + concrete sealer (food safe)

Anthro-inspired Zinc Letters
wood letters + black acrylic paint + silver metallic paint

Hanging Utensils
towel bar +s hooks + screws + screwdriver

Olive Oil Glass Bottle Soap Dispensers

DIY Spice Rack Magnets
round clear-top tins + spices + magnets + tape + permanent marker
Kitchen Countertop Herb Garden
empty cans +ribbon +terra-cotta saucer  + drill + twine + tags
Coffee Cup Wall Storage
IKEA rails ($9.99) and hooks ($3)
Coffee Cup Holder
hooks + screws  + paint +  letter stencils + sponge brush
DIY Tiered Tray from Frames
picture frames + paint + wood + saw + wood glue + wooden candlestick and finial

Pots and Pan Organizer (using a wire rack organizer)

Pan Organizer (using a metal file sorter)

Pot Lid Storage (using command hooks)

Bathroom Apartment Decorating Ideas

Custom Drawers
wallpaper + paint roller + sponge
DIY Towel Rack with Shelf
wood boards + white paint + hammer and nails + decorative hooks + screws. + wood glue
Crate Storage
crates + spray paint or stain + large-picture hanging strips +  exterior clear coat
Floating Shelves for Small Sinks
You can get the shelves at IKEA for under $10
Framed Bathroom Mirror
wood + saw + staple gun & staples  + wood glue

Open Sink Skirt
adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape + curtain
Tip: For more storage, add baskets or bins under the skirt
Back of the Door Towel Holders
All you need is 3 towel bars
Under Shelf Towel Rack
towel rod + wall shelf + mounting hardware
Above Door Storage
Over The Toilet Shelving
wood board + nails +  wood glue  + drill & screws + wood stain

Drawer Organizer DIY
wood glue + wood lathes + paint
Basket Shelving (source unknown)

Hanging Toothbrush Holder
glass vase ($1 at Dollar Tree) + E6000 + brass nail heads + scrap leather + wood

Jewelry Tower
cups + saucers + taper candle holders + spray paint + glue
These dishes were found at Thrift Stores, but you can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree.
Tiered Tray
glass taper candleholder + white plate + white saucer

Dollar Store Makeup Holders
glass taper candleholder + e6000 glue + cylindrical candleholders
DIY Mirrored Vanity Tray
picture frame + mirror + drawer handles + rubber pads + silver spray paint
Macon Jar Bathroom Organizer Set
mason jars + white paint + clear coat sealant + mason jar soap lid converter kit + mason jar flower frog

Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray
wooden cutlery tray + paint + knobs  + cup hooks
Repurposing Candle Jars
candle jar + glue + knobs + spray paint + primer + goo gone
Here is a great DIY goo gone

Dollar Store Bathroom Drawer Organizers
Under the Sink Makeover
nesting bins + metal shower caddy
Hair Appliance Storage
all you need for this is command hooks
Cook Jar Nail Polish Holder
You can get the cookie jar at Dollar Tree
Towel Rack  (Using a Wine Rack)

Rustic Ladder for Towels
pine dowel rods + pine studs + wood glue + sandpaper + steel wool

IKEA Spice Rack Shelving
spice rack ($4) + white spray paint
Makeup Organizer
clear plastic organizers + double-sized tape
Mason Jar Organizers
mason jars + hose clamps + scrap wood + picture hanging kit + screws

Living Room & Bedroom Apartment Decorating Ideas


DIY Crate TV Stand
crates + screws + drill

Over Sofa DIY Side Table 
The tutorial is in German, but I plugged it into google translate to understand it better.

$25 DIY Sofa Table
pine board + furring pieces + screws + screw driver +  clamps + stainable wood filler + stain or paint

DIY Crate Bookcase
crates + hammer and nails + paint (optional)

Picture Frame Shadow Box Shelf
picture frame + drawers + saw + wood glue + spray paint + picture hanging kit

Corner Floating Shelves
You can either buy the shelves for $10-$15 each, or. You could DIY them. Here is a tutorial on how to make them yourself. You need some basic woodworking tools and skills.
Console Table
maple gel stain + clear sealant + chalk paint + wax sealant + wood plank
Drawer Shelf
old drawer + spray paint + wood scraps + hammer and nails

$10 DIY Blanket Ladder
3 pine boards + miter saw + wood stain

DIY Frame Shelves
wood boards + old frames (thrifts store) + wood glue + spray paint + nails + wood filler + command strips

Crate Book Storage
crates + white paint + wall hanging brackets + saw

DIY Hanging Shelf 
wooden board + rope + metal rings + saw + drill

$20 Plush Headboard DIY
Plywood + wood boards + screws + batting + drapery lining + buttons + staple gun

Rolling Utility Cart
Carts are great for small spaces. They are versatile, customizable, and mobile so that you can move them around.
You can also use them in the kitchen for extra storage space (e.g., coffee or bar cart).
You can get carts for around $20

Pallet Nightstand with Light
pallet wood + wood stain + hammer and nails

Floating Shelf Nightstand
brackets + screws + wood + wood stain

Crate Nightstand 
crate + wood stain + gold string + hairpin legs + screws + drill

Sofa Arm Table
wood boards +  screws + wood glue + sandpaper + wood stain
Wire Basket Side Table
wire basket + round wood panel + spray paint + wood stain + clear coat + cable staples

Home Accent Apartment Decorating Ideas

$4 DIY No-Sew Throw Pillows
canvas bag + poly-fil stuffing + glue gun

DIY Washi Tape Candles
You can get the brass candle holders at thrift stores. I see them all the time for a couple of dollars.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase
glass vase + Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint + paper towels + spray bottle

Knock-off Ballard Designs Garden District Mirrors
white eyeliner pencil + cheap mirrors +white stain glass window color

DIY Planter Box Centerpiece
pine boards + staple gun + wood glue + paint

Stenciled Rug DIY
solid colored rug ($1 at Dollar Tree) + stencil + painter’s tape  + acrylic craft paint + fabric medium

DIY Decorative ORB
12-inch embroidery hoops + wood stain + tacks

Thumbtack Patterned Candles
gold thumbtacks + candle

Gold Leaf Vase
gold paint + painter’s tape + vase + flowers

Paint Swirl Vases
vases ($1 at Dollar Tree) + acrylic paint

Enamel Painted Vases
different-sized vases + dishwasher safe PermEnamel paint + PermEnamel Surface Conditioner

Kate Spade Rosebowl
round glass candleholder + gold paint pen + flowers
Succulent Tiered Ceramic Bowls
ceramic bowls + glass pillar candleholder + potting soil + pebbles + fake succulent

Invisible Book Shelf
“L” Bracket + wood screws + books

$15 DIY Mirror
wood + wood stain + wood glue + liquid nails + staple gun + saw

$20 Gallery Wall
$2 IKEA mirrors + printer + mod podge

Knock Off West Elm’s Herringbone Mirror 
wood veneer + wood stain + E6000 Glue + chevron fabric  + spray adhesive

Entryway and Laundry Apartment Decorating Ideas


Marble Accordion Rack
wooden accordion rack + marble self-adhesive film + white paint

Key Frame
picture frame + gold hooks + paint

Mail Holder Baskets
wire baskets ($1) + black spray paint + chalkboard labels

Metallic Rope Throw Basket
round laundry basket + paint + jute rope  + 1 yard felt

Cardboard Box Basket
jute twine + cardboard + white fabric

DIY Laundry Sorter
 canvas bags + hooks + wood screws + wood filler + scrap wood + white paint + curtain grommets

Ironing Board on Hooks

Laundry Wall Clock
cheap wall clock (IKEA – $3) + clothespins + wood stains + hot glue gun

Custom Pressing Board
Plywood + staple gun + batting scraps + 1/2 yard of quilting cotton
If you don’t have enough space for an ironing board, then this is a great idea
cookie jar (Dollar Tree) + laundry pods

Closet Apartment Decorating Ideas


Back of Closet Door Organization
tension rod + wreath hanger + narrow hooks +  plastic holders + command strips

Belt Organizer II
shower curtain rings + shower rod
Purse Organizer
curtain rings + shower curtain rod (or you could attach the rings to hangers)

Tights Organizer
clothespins + ruler + glue gun

Scarf Organizer
shower curtain rod + curtain rings + scarves

Hat Organizer
curtain rings + hanger

Tank Top Organizer
shower curtain rings + hanger

Bra Organizer Using Metal Racks or Towel Hook Rack
You could do the same thing with 2-3 of these Dollar Tree hooks.

Winter Accessory Organizer
towel bar + curtain clip rings

Flats Organization
plastic clips + hangers
You can also use bent wire coat hangers to
Shirt Organizer (using a soda tab)

Tie Holder
screws + decorative drawer handles (you can use them at Walmart for $2-$3)

Balcony/Patio Decorating Ideas


Patio Lanterns
plastic landscaping solar lights + basket hangers
One-Pot Herb Garden
large terra cotta pot + chalkboard labels + chalk pen
Tiered Pots Herb Garden (no source found)

Rock Covered Bucket
metal can or bucket + river rock mesh tile + thin-set mortar + grout