22 Under-$50 Pieces I'm Buying to Revamp My First Apartment

If you're anything like me, your first real apartment was filled with furniture handed down from older friends, a hodgepodge of vintage finds from the local flea market, and hastily selected décor that combined the styles of multiple roommates. The result of my quick approach to decorating left me with an unintentionally eclectic space when I first struck out on my own (with two roommates in tow) after college. In hindsight, I would have been much better off taking my time to carefully select pieces that I could afford over time, rather than trying to furnish an entire apartment from scratch with an extremely limited budget.

Now, with a bit of perspective and a meager savings account, I'm ready to refresh my digs. Only this time, I plan on making thoughtful purchases that fit my budget and my style. It's really not as daunting as it sounds. With a few simple swaps and upgrades, I'm confident that first apartment will look and feel more refined, mature, and on trend—because what would a design refresh be without experimenting with a few trendy pieces?

Keep scrolling for 22 affordable first apartment décor items sitting in my cart right now (all for less than $50).