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HOW TO...Redecorate A Room On A Shoestring Budget

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Redecorating can be fun, but if you’re on a tight budget, it can also feel stressful. The price of paint at your local hardware store alone may make you want to run for the hills and never attempt DIY again; but there are actually lots of ways you can find affordable materials and save some serious cash on your home decor job.

Transform your space and add a breath of fresh air to your home - all without breaking the bank - with our tips on how to re-decorate a room on a shoestring budget.

Do It Yourself

One of the biggest expenses when doing up your property is the cost of hiring professional help. Decorators, interior designers and builders all cost money, and while some tasks may be best left to people with the necessary experience, we live in a world where information is freely available to those willing to look.

Using online resources and books, you can easily learn how to perform many DIY tasks, and save yourself serious cash on paying another’s wages. You can potentially save hundreds of pounds and learn handy skills at the same time - and all it takes is a little time and patience. 

Repurpose Existing Furniture 

Sometimes you don’t need to go out and buy a whole host of new furniture to create a new ambience in your space. Instead, take a look at what old pieces you already have and see if they can be jazzed up and repurposed elsewhere in your home. 

For example, why not transform a set of drawers into a new side table by draping a table cloth and placing a lamp or vase of flowers on top? Remove drawers from a scruffy dresser, sand and repaint if necessary, and you’ve got your very own upcycled bookshelf that is unique. 

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Attend car boot sales to pick up a bargain, discover hidden treasures at a vintage market, give back and find a real steal by visiting charity shops, grab a great deal from an online auction marketplace like eBay or Etsy, or even bag a freebie from environmentally-conscious charities like Freecycle!

Hit the Second-hand Shops

The market is packed with used and upcycled furniture and accessories that can save you lots of money on revamping your space. Attend car boot sales to pick up a bargain, discover hidden treasures at a vintage market, give back and find a real steal by visiting charity shops, grab a great deal from an online auction marketplace like eBay or Etsy, or even bag a freebie from environmentally-conscious charities like Freecycle. 

Buying second-hand decor is not only great for your wallet, but it is also a responsible move towards protecting the planet, and it brings an instant sense of mystique and character to even the most plain contemporary space. 

Transform with Textiles

Rather than giving your room an expensive full revamp, freshening up your textiles in an otherwise neutral room can make it feel like a completely new space. Choose new curtains, add fresh scatter cushions, and spread a brightly coloured statement rug over the floor to bring texture and character to a previously unembellished area. 

As well as sourcing bargain textiles to adorn your home, why not try your hand at creating your own? You can find affordable fabric online or in fabric stores, and creating your own textiles is a wonderful way to add your own personality to your abode.

Finally, it’s very important to have a clear budget in mind and stick to it: there’s no point starting the job only to run out of money and leave it incomplete. 

You don’t need a huge budget to get creative and really transform a room. Whether you’re adding a lick of paint to a tired guest room, or completely revamping your living space for the new year, follow our tips and you’ll achieve the haven you want without going into debt.

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