This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
If you lead a busy lifestyle, whether that means running around with your kids, a high-stress career, or juggling both; you’ll need somewhere to recharge and rest regularly. Busy households and family life can often mean that you spend the majority of your time at home in the living spaces and the kitchen. However, there’ll always be something to do or a job to complete in those rooms, not to mention the constant activity and noise around you. The living space in your house is crucial to a happy, healthy, and functioning household. Although, it might be a little difficult to switch off in that environment when you really need to. Therefore, it might be time to turn your attention towards your bedroom space so that you can create a sanctuary. Then, you will be able to switch off from everything going on downstairs.
Budget Can Still Mean Beautiful: Creating Your Dream Bedroom On A Shoestring
Often, people will go into their bedroom simply to go to sleep; as long as the bed is comfy, and they can get some much-needed shut-eye, their bedroom provides a worthwhile function. However, your bedroom space can be so much more than somewhere you get dressed and sleep; it can be a haven to properly unwind and clear your mind. There are an array of ways to create a design-focused and aesthetically pleasing room to rest your head, and you don’t have to spend a fortune in the process.
Whether you dream about a vintage boudoir atmosphere or a sleek and modern hotel vibe; there are ways to update, improve, and enhance the space. The more you love your bedroom, the more time you’ll end up spending in there relaxing. In turn, this will have a positive effect on your wellbeing and mental health, so it’s worth the effort. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want to update their bedroom interior, without overspending, for a dreamy sanctuary in their home.
Furniture on Shoestring
First of all, you need to stop thinking that a beautiful bedroom has to have brand new. In addition, you do not need matching furniture from an expensive store (it can, but we’re talking about a budget here). A considered and curated space often looks far better with an array of different furniture pieces; you can collate them according to your budget, and the fun is in the process of gathering together what you need. If you’d prefer new pieces of furniture there are still great ways to grab yourself a bargain. Online auction sites can provide buyers with items that cost a fraction of what they do in the stores, so they’re worth considering and having a browse.
Check out some articles from sites like Huffingtonpost so that you get a better idea of how the latest auction websites work, and how you can download apps for companies like DealDash, and bid on items wherever you are and whenever you like. It’ll be pretty satisfying when you’re chilling out in your ideal bedroom environment, surrounded by the furniture that could have cost a fortune, but didn’t! More about interior accessories later, but online auctions are also where you can pick up an array of great value items for your bedroom. Now you have the perfect excuse to do some online browsing.
Furniture from a Thrift Store
If you fancy the fun of heading to a thrift store or secondhand shop; the bargains get greater. You’ll often find solid wood wardrobes, dressing tables, and bedside tables that just need a little love and attention. Once you’ve found a sturdy piece that you adore; it’s time to spend a Saturday sprucing it up inside and out. You can bring different shapes and styles of furniture together by staining the wood in the same way or painting them in the same color, or different shades of one color. It’s your bedroom space, so be as creative as you want. Bedroom furniture, especially wardrobes tend to get a lot of daily use. Therefore, it’s worth spending time sanding the exterior and interior wood, and ensuring that it’s been given plenty of stain or paint so that it will withstand the test of time, and look great for the years ahead. You can check out some ideas online from sites like Pinterest, and discover the best method of restoring your vintage finds and upcycling them to give your furniture a new lease of life. And, the restoration doesn’t have to stop with painting. You can source some decorative, fun, or quirky handles to give your furniture’s doors and drawers even more character, or a luxury feel.
Fun Second-hand Finds
Popping a soft-padded stool for your dressing table, or adding an armchair, small sofa, or a second-hand chaise lounge in a corner or nook of the bedroom is a great way to bring in more of your theme, which might be color, print-based, or a particular era. Seating from thrift stores and flea markets will be an affordable alternative to those bought in a traditional store, and you can freshen them up with new upholstery, and matching any wooden legs to the rest of your homemade bedroom suite.
Keep an eye out during sale times too; you never know when or where a bargain may strike, so keep those eyes peeled. As with everything you need to curate for your perfect restful retreat; it’s worth making a list of what you need and want. Also, note where they’re going to go, and the dimensions you feel are appropriate. Having this information on your smartphone or in your notebook will ensure that if you come across something you love, you can make an informed purchase. Don’t get carried away by bargains; this will only lead to you buying more than the room needs, and overspending.
Soft Furnishings on a Budget
Now that you have the attractive and functional furniture sorted out; you can turn your focus to more of the decoration and textural side that a dreamy bedroom space should have in abundance. The cozy, comfortable, and soft touches in a bedroom interior can turn it from functional to luxurious, so it’s worth investing your time and effort in sourcing a few things to help you relax.
Obviously, your bed sheets and linen are items that you don’t want to have to source second hand. However, it’s worth scouring the internet, and finding the items at a lower price; auction sites, outlet stores, and independent businesses might be a great place to start. Keeping your sheets in a crisp and breathable cotton will ensure that you have a soft and cozy night’s sleep at the end of a long day. You’ll also have far more patterns and colors to choose from if you stick to a cotton or cotton blend fabric. Make sure that you give everything a good feel before putting it in the washing machine, or buying it in store. Some cotton blends can feel a little scratchy, so it’s always better to check before you commit to it.
Bedding on a Budget
When it comes to piling your bed and any seating in the bedroom with cushions, blankets, and throws; the more the merrier. Stick to your color palette or era, but add an assortment of textures and fabrics. Tassels, faux fur, thick knits, warm wool, and smooth silk will all bring a different quality to the area where you need to switch off and be engulfed by calm and comfort. The great thing about cushions is that they’re super simple to make yourself; this could save you a lot of money, and you’ll have created something truly unique and bespoke. You can reuse curtains, clothing, and any spare fabric you have around your house; this will give your cozy accessories plenty of personality, and a sentimental touch too. Check out some online tutorials, grab your beautiful fabrics, and start creating so that your bedroom is the envy of everyone.
Interior Accessories on a Shoestring
Okay, you’re almost there; you’ll have put plenty of hard work into sourcing, painting, creating, piling, and arranging all the necessities in your bedroom space. Now’s the time to focus on those little, personal touches that will ensure your bedroom doesn’t look like anyone else’s. Then, you can feel at home and secure in your little sanctuary.
Start with images; printing your favorite family photos will surround you with your favorite faces as you drift off, and they’ll be there smiling when you wake up. Much like wooden furniture; frames of various shapes and sizes can be sourced from an array of secondhand stores and online auctions for next to nothing. You can set to work printing the right sized photo to fit the frames. Then, clean and paint them to tie in with the rest of your room. Save yourself the task of putting them up individually by investing in a picture ledge; this will give you the flexibility to change and move your photos, prints, and artwork as you wish.
Add in a vintage mirror or two, a few of your trinkets on our bedside, and encourage a loved one to treat you to some fresh flowers every now and again so that your bedroom will be worthy of a boutique hotel status. Putting effort into sourcing items carefully, restoring things, and putting thoughtful touches around the space will give you a beautiful bedroom to dream in, whatever your budget.