Designing a Bedroom On a Budget
It does not matter if you are moving into your first apartment or you suddenly look around a space you once loved and can't find a reason to smile, you might assume there is not much you can do without a lot of money. Well, you may be quite surprised at what you can accomplish on a small budget.
Paint is Your Friend
Paint is pretty cheap, and will be a staple of your decorating budget. Unless you are renting and cannot change your wall color, there is no excuse to have white walls. Plus, paint can be used on plastic bins and drawers.
Before you spend a fortune on a mattress, box spring, headboard, and frame, check out the selection of platform beds instead. This eliminates the need for a box spring, and some are quite affordable. If you really want to be frugal, there are metal frames made to use with just a mattress. Put a crisp bed skirt around the frame, and you achieve the same look.
Dressers and Shelves
Okay, dressers and bookshelves can be pretty pricy. If you are on a really tight budget, buy those plastic bins with three drawers you can get nearly anywhere, and use Krylon plastic paint on them. Since the drawers are clear, you can also glue patterned scrapbook paper to the inside for a printed design to show through. As for shelving, plastic utility shelves can also be painted. If you are short on storage space, paint shoeboxes or cover them in fabric and ribbon, and stack them on the shelves. These can be used to hide a lot of odds and ends.
Buy the Essentials
Since you are not splurging on an expensive bedroom set, you can afford nicer bedding and a few décor essentials that will really make the room appear more sophisticated.
- Bedding - Resist the urge to buy a cheap "bed-in-a-bag" set unless you have to. These products come with a cheap price tag, but they look awful after washing a few times and they rarely last very long.
- Curtains - Even if you have blinds, you can dress your windows. You can also hang curtains behind or on either side of the head of your bed.
- Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace - A fire element will add richness to your bedroom, even if everything is made of plastic. You probably planned on indulging on one bold art piece anyway, so this should be it. You can always create your own art for the walls by covering one large or several small canvases with printed fabric to mount. A tabletop ethanol fireplace will sit right on top of a hard surface and will not create smoke or a mess.
- Water Fountain - If you still have a little money left over in your spending budget then a water feature will be the perfect complement to your fireplace, and it will keep create a soothing environment.