January is known for “white sales,” which is when things like bed linens and towels go on sale. The name comes from a time when bedsheets were available only in white, and has stuck over the years. Because it falls in the middle of the coldest, darkest time of year, annual white sales can be a great time to spruce up and lighten your bedroom! This can lift your spirits and ease that post-holiday letdown as you wait for spring. Here are some ideas for redecorating your bedroom on a budget, whether for you or the kids:
- Spring for a new set of sheets that are different from what you have, but that will still complement your comforter and curtains. If you can’t afford a whole bedding set, even a crisp new set of sheets will make your bed look and feel fresh. Go for cozy flannel, crisp linen, soft and snuggly jersey or smooth satin. If you’re choosing cotton sheets, look for as high a thread count as you can afford, up to about 600; we have a set of 400s that are nice and smooth after years of use.
- If you can find a really great deal on sheets, buy a extra flat sheet in your chosen pattern and try making your own matching curtains. Even if you’re not a seamstress, you can make a simple valance (it’s just a large tube!) or some straight panels. You might also be able to find complementary sheets at a thrift shop that could serve the same purpose.
- A thorough dusting and cleaning can make the room look and feel a lot better. Move the furniture around as needed and dust out every corner. Wipe down the blades of your ceiling fan and vacuum out the heating vents.
- Flip the mattress and add an egg crate or pillow topper. This can make a big difference in your sleeping comfort if your mattress is getting ready to retire. As a side note, mattress sales will come up again later in the spring and again at the end of the summer, so if you will need to replace your mattress, start saving a bit each month now to make it less painful once the sales come up and you make your purchase.
- Rearrange the furniture! I love how a room feels after it’s been rearranged; even without one new item, it feels new! Don’t be afraid to try new things, such as putting the bed at an angle in the corner. An option to save space might be to install some shelving or drawers in your closet and get rid of one of the dressers. You could also use something non-traditional in the room. I use an antique child’s desk as a bedside table, for example.
- Visit thrift shops for new-to-you wooden furniture. (I personally draw the line at anything upholstered bought used, but you can make that determination on your own!) People who have gotten new furniture for Christmas may have donated their old sets. If yours have seen better days, buying used might still be a step up. You also might find great antiques that have been donated, and at a budget-friendly price, too!
- Put on a new coat of paint. This is a very inexpensive way to transform the whole look of a room. Paint just one wall in an accent color and keep the rest of the room neutral. Or paint the doorframes and ceiling a muted color and leave the walls white or cream. Kids might enjoy a mural painted on one wall. Be creative!
How have you redecorated your (or your child’s) bedroom on a budget?