Decorating your home on a tight budget may be challenging, but it certainly isn’t impossible.
Just because you’re working within certain budgetary constraints does not mean that your house has to be sparse and boring. Here’s how to create a designer home with very little cash.
Build Your Own Storage
Storage units can be costly to purchase, but this doesn’t mean that all your home needs to be disorganised.
This may require some careful planning and a bit of elbow grease, but building your own storage units is a lot more cost effective and will provide you with a blank canvas to paint as you see fit.
Build a Headboard
A headboard can add a lot of character to a bedroom and is also the perfect combination of form and function. However, good quality headboards are typically rather expensive, but this doesn’t mean you have to go without.
There are plenty of free-to-download plans online and all you’ll need is materials, time, and tools.
Source Dual Purpose Pieces
If your home is particularly small, it’s a good idea to source dual purpose furniture such as ottomans or a coffee table with built in storage space.
Purchasing a pull-out couch instead of a regular couch is also a good idea if you regularly have guests staying over and lack both the space and funds for a separate bed.
Break Up the Space
Open plan rooms can easily be broken up by using strategically placed pieces of furniture such as a desk for Melbourne Cup betting on your laptop or PC, a bookcase, artworks, or screens.
Not only can an open plan room look sparse and bare if you don’t have enough furniture to fill it, but breaking the room up will also provide character.
Upgrading your lighting is an extremely cost-effective way of redesigning a room and can also provide character to rooms which don’t get much natural light.
Fit an old lamp with an updated shade or buy new or second-hand light fixtures for the room’s main lighting. Using a collection of lamps instead of a ceiling light fixture is also a wonderful way to imbue a room with soft light.
Sew It Yourself
Purchasing bed covers, quilts, comforters, and throw pillows can be a very expensive exercise, but this doesn’t mean that you have to keep using the same bedding year in, year out.
Visit a fabric store and ask for advice about the best fabric to use for duvet covers or quilts and sew it yourself. Throw pillows are the easiest of all to create and can instantly update the look of any room.
Become a Bargain Hunter
Garage sales and auctions are to become your new best friends if you’re decorating your home on a tight budget as the old adage is true – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Visit jumble sales, garage sales, auctions, and flea markets to get excellent prices for often barely used items and the pieces can always be updated with a lick of paint if necessary.