How to decorate on a tight budget
24 March 2016, by Design A House Sign
Decorating can be an expensive process, with things like furniture and even paint proving costly in today’s market. That’s why when people are on a budget, decorating is one of the last things on our list and it often never gets done. There are also many occasions where people have started a project but failed to finish it because of a lack of budget. But decorating doesn’t have to be so expensive and there are plenty of ways that you can decorate on a budget. We give you some top tips on how to decorate your home on a budget.
Wait for the sales
One of our top tips is to make sure that you wait until the sales arrive before you buy decorating products. Although this might seem like an obvious one, things can be much cheaper during sales and you might not have to wait as long as you think. Many DIY stores often have discounts on bank holidays and plenty of other times throughout the year. Even if there isn’t a general sale of 20% off everything or similar, there are often micro-sales on products like paint. Make sure you keep an eye and an ear out for discounts throughout the year.
Second-hand or charity stores can be a great place to find things like bargain furniture, mirrors and other decorative items. Some of these items can be in great condition and would make the perfect decoration for your home. This is a great way to decorate on a tight budget and could save you a fortune on buying expensive items. You may have to do a bit of hunting around to find exactly what you’re looking for though. If you don’t need the item urgently and aren’t looking for anything too specific then you can really save yourself some money. Not only this, but by shopping in a charity store you will even be helping a good cause.
You can get around the problem of not finding the furniture that you’re looking for by upcycling old furniture or the pieces that you found while thrifting. It’s a lot easier than you think to repurpose old items of furniture and give them a modern look. All you need is some wood paint in your desired colour and you can liven up and old piece of furniture in no time at all. The paint might set you back a bit if you don’t have it already but will be much cheaper than buying the furniture brand new. Simply sand the surface of your furniture and apply a coat of paint over the top. Add a varnish finish after this for added protection and durability.
Make your own
Why not try making your own pieces of furniture or decoration from cheap materials such as plywood. It is the perfect material for all kinds of household projects such as memo boards. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then why not try making it yourself. Plywood is cheap and can often be cut to size when you buy it in store. Any stores that cut wood may also have some offcuts of wood available at much cheaper prices. It never hurts to shop around so make sure you find the best deals and prices available before buying.
There are plenty of inexpensive items that you can use to decorate your home and small touches can make a big difference. Even something as simple as changing the handles on your drawers or wardrobe can have a big impact on the way a room looks. Adding a picture to your wall, changing the layout of the furniture or carefully placed ornaments can make a huge difference to your space and are relatively inexpensive. Try shopping around for something that suits your space to find the perfect solution for all of your needs.