Frugal Decorating: The $85 Bedroom Make Over

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Frugal Decorating: The $85 Bedroom Make Over

Staff Writer · Oct 19, 2009

A bedroom make over can turn a cluttered sleeping area into a welcoming retreat, but if you’re on a budget, you probably think that redecorating is too expensive. However, with a little hard work and little ingenuity, inexpensive decorating can add flavor and function to your bedroom.

Organize and Clean

Before you can redecorate, the first step of your bedroom make over is cleaning out the clutter. Move everything out of your bedroom for a day, making sure to donate, sell or throw out items you no longer need. Buy stylish containers to store the stuff you want but don’t often use under your bed or in your closet. Cost: $20 to $30.

Once the room is empty, use a mixture of 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% warm water with a mop on wooden floors to clean, disinfect and brighten the room. If your room has carpet or a rug, skip the vinegar and sprinkle baking soda over the floor. Use a scrub brush to work the baking soda into the material and allow it to soak for a few hours or overnight. Then vacuum the baking soda away. Cost: $5.

Find the Focus with Paint and Drapes

If your landlord allows it, you can use interior paint for a bland-to-bold bedroom make over. Ask hardware store managers for irregular paint at bargain prices or even head to a hazardous waste recycling center and see if you can get someone else’s leftover interior paint for free. If you can’t paint, you’ll have to focus on the drapes. If you can change the drapes, look for a bold color or theme that you want to be the main focus of your bedroom. Search online auctions and rummage sales for good deals.  If you can’t change the drapes, use the existing ones as your focal point when redecorating. Cost: paint: free to $20; drapes $25 to $30.

Wall Decor Continues the Theme

The next step in the bedroom make over is adding a little fun to the walls, which also makes for the perfect inexpensive decorating alternative in an apartment if you can’t paint the walls or change the drapes. Look for a piece of art or two that accentuates your theme or you can hang an artistic poster or put up wall decals. You can even cut out a swatch of pretty fabric, frame it and use that as your bedroom’s central focal point. Search sales and don’t pay full price for anything! Cost: $10 to $30.

Change the Sheets

The biggest attention-getter of any bedroom is the bed. Another inexpensive decorating tip for your bedroom is to make sure your comforter, sheets and pillows fit your central theme. Be sure to comparison shop and find the best prices; use coupons, search outlets and even hit online auction sites, rummage sales or a thrift store and look for a set that’s gently used. It may take a little longer, but the money you save will be worth it. Cost: $25 to $50.

The bedroom make over doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars when you focus on designing your room around a theme – as long as you’re willing to shop around before you buy. An inviting bedroom is one without clutter and a clear central focus.

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