How to Makeover a Room on a Budget

If you’re trying to create a room with style on a budget, keep reading. Whether it’s a college flat, your first studio or that spare room down the hall, this article will tell you how to get looking great for little to no money. Here are the 5 best ways to makeover a room a budget.

1. Start “Staging”

When real estate agents are trying to sell a house, they use a strategy called “staging.” Staging involves updating accessories like accent pillows, replacing light switches, putting in new fixtures, installing fresh window treatments and adding tiny touches like scented candles or decorative accessories.

For very little money and absolutely no major renovations, you can create a space that feels fresh and new.

2. Refresh Your Flooring

If you have wood floors, consider re-sanding and refinishing them to cover up scars and bring out the wood’s natural grain. For the low cost of renting a sander and purchasing stain, you can instantly update your home and reinvigorate your flooring.

Other flooring options include having your carpets professionally cleaned, dry-mopping your laminate, replacing chipped vinyl or updating a space with a chic, new area rug.

3. Paint

Paint is a quick and cheap way to update a room without shelling out a lot of money. For a few hours of your time and about $10 per gallon, you can create a room that’s new, clean, bright and contemporary. Indulge your inner designer with contemporary colors and hot faux-finishes.

4. Reorganize and Rearrange

Sometimes updating a space can be as simple as rearranging it. Start by pulling the furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of more space. Then experiment with different layouts to get a new feel for the room and to see if you can create a more efficient use of the space.

Reorganizing can also help immensely. For the cost of a few organizational tools, like storage baskets or a shoe rack, you can de-clutter your room, reclaim lost space and make an area usable again.

5. Start Hunting

Every good budget designer has his or her hunting hat on at all times. Whether you’re passing by a garage sale, church bizarre or flea market – you need to be ready to hunt down a bargain. Interesting pieces and unique furniture can be found in the least likely places and often for low prices, so be ready since you can often stumble across great finds without even trying.


Post time: 11-15-2017