You want a new bedroom, but you can’t afford a full makeover. What are you supposed to do? Fortunately, making over your room doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to get it done on a budget.
Setting Your Budget
How much can you spend? This will set the tone for your remodel. Maybe you can only afford to paint and do some minor things. That’s fine. Whatever your budget is, is what it is. Don’t sweat it. But, it is important to write it down and keep track of what you’re spending.
Choosing a New Flooring
New flooring is an inexpensive way to makeover a room. Flooring sounds expensive, but you can buy reclaimed wood flooring for $8 to $15 per square foot and install it yourself. You can also lay down something like linoleum for a bit less.
And, wood flooring is easy to clean. Sure, carpet is cheaper, but it doesn’t last as long. Some people also prefer eco-friendly flooring as well, so you can keep this option in your list too.
Getting good bedroom curtains used to be hard. But, many of the big box stores and retailers sell bedroom curtains for a very affordable price – good ones, too. If you need light-blocking ones for the bedroom, expect to pay between $50 and $100. Otherwise, you can find reasonably-priced ones on sale for about $15 to $20.
Wall decals are great when you don’t want to paint, wallpaper, or do anything crazy that takes a lot of time. Throw up some wall decals and call it a day. They’re cheap and they can look pretty amazing if you get the right design.
Now, just because it’s a cheap and easy solution to decorate your walls doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend time getting the design just right. When people make mistakes with wall decals, it’s in the choice of the decal and how they apply it to the wall that makes all the difference.
Decals can make a wall look awful and amateurish (think pre-teenage-ish) if done wrong. So, spend some time thinking about which designs would actually look right on your wall and then spend the time to properly apply them using professional tools.
Want to liven up a room? Recover your lampshades. Seriously. It will transform your room. This works especially well for hanging lamps or lights. If there’s a particular color, fabric, or decorative design that you can’t afford to cover your walls or your bed with, for example, an accent shade over an existing light is an excellent way to bring that design into the room without spending a lot of money.
And, because it’s a lampshade, it’s not going to look “forced” or out of place.
If your bedroom has a muted color on the walls, you might want to think about spicing it up a bit. But how? With painted hooks. Choose a contrasting color for your hooks and go at it. These hooks could hold your bathrobe, P.J.s, or pretty much anything. They’ll pop out against a sea of grey, lavender, or taupe, and give you some visual interest in an otherwise boring room.
Lucy Gill loves getting stuck into decor projects. She works with clients at her family-owned home maintenance and decorating business taking care of the interior design side of things.