Redecorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

| February 2, 2016 | 47 Comments

BedroomJanuary 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?

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  1. Maddie K. says:

    I just did a couple of these things to change my bedroom up some. I bought a new head/footboard at a restore, got a new 10 peice comforter set for $50 (originally $200) and got some new sheets. While the main furniture in my bedroom remains, I do keep looking for another/different set. I’ve had my bedroom furniture since I was 5 years old (thankfully it’s not childish furniture), but I’m SO tired of it and so want something new. I like the idea of painting just one wall and I might try that. My next change is to find different curtains.

  2. Huguette English says:

    Great tips, love rearranging furniture 🙂

  3. denise smith says:

    thanks for the tips i need to start to do my bedroom now

  4. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I’m a terrible decorator. Especially when it comes to things like curtains, carpet, styles. I have trouble visualizing what it would look like, then I get frustrated and just pick something. My bedroom looks like a kids room!

  5. Heidi LeMay says:

    This article makes me want to spruce up my bedroom. Things seem better when you redecorate or paint !

  6. db0 says:

    My bedroom is a mess. I should do that.

  7. Alison says:

    great ideas – my room is a mess too

  8. Rama says:

    Thanks for the Ideas! I love off whites, bronze and gold colors 🙂

  9. Holly Trudeau says:

    All great ideas for sprucing up the bedroom! I definitely agree a good dusting can make it feel so much nicer! I like to move furniture around & use new blankets every so often to give it a “new” feel 🙂

  10. Julie Wood says:

    I like the tips on how to decorate your bedroom. It does not have to be expensive. I redid my bedroom last year, and it only costed $300 dollars. I painted the walls, and put in a new rug, and added a new lamp and ceiling fan. It looks great!

  11. Richard says:

    Good tips for redecorating. Don’t forget GoodWill stores too. Bargains to found there too!

  12. Chrystal D says:

    Those are great ideas! My bedroom needs some help so once the weather gets nice I’m going to get busy!

  13. Michelle S says:

    This is where you spend most of your time, it’s worth it to splurge.

  14. lisa says:

    I wish I had room to rearrange furniture. I change bedding,add silk plants…

  15. ANN*H says:

    January is for white sales . Dreary winter times we all need some brightening up in our home so the bedroom is a great place to start with. I dont have to many ways to move my bed but I sure can freshen it up with bedspreads and pictures.Thank for the info

  16. Danielle Faith says:

    I don’t want to redecorate my apartment but I like the idea of rearranging the furniture for a new look…

  17. Nicole Becker says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!!! I dont have alot of money so this will help a whole lot!!

  18. Ashima Gupta says:

    Thanx for these great ideas 🙂

  19. Carla Bonesteel says:

    My bedroom is so small, and I HATE it! I buy new sheets all the time, but I can’t fit anymore furniture… I think what it really needs is a NEW HD TV!! LOL

  20. deena vanbergen says:

    Some good ideas to consider,thanks!

  21. tami s says:

    These are great ideas to save some money and still redecorate

  22. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I never thought about buying an extra sheet to make my own valance.. You gave me several good tips. Thanks

  23. Reava says:

    I bought some 500 thread count egyptian cotton damask white sheets and I still have not slept on them!! I am waiting to buy a 1200 thread count white down Siberian comforter to pair with them. Does thread count really matter? Can anyone tell the difference?

  24. Christina Kelbel says:

    Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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  26. Melissa S says:

    Thanks for the reminder that January has the bests sales for linens. I am working on redoing my room and we were going to get new bedding last,now I will be picking them this week.

  27. angela says:

    thank you. nice post i need this lol 🙂

  28. Gabrielle Evans says:

    i need to redo my room hasnt been done for years thanks

  29. Cassandra D says:

    Paint is the best – just repainted my bedroom and it feels like brand new again.

  30. I have noticed there are a lot of sales for linens and towels. It’s been. . . well, years since we’ve purchased new linens and towels. Having kids put that on hold for a while. We certainly need a change and an upgrade. It’s time to get the sewing machine out and dust it off. 🙂 I also will not buy used upholstered furniture or stuffed animals. For me it’s impossible to know who or what is on it and even harder to feel reassured that it’s actually clean no matter how well you clean it.

  31. Betty Baez says:

    Great tips! I would’ve never thought to flip my matreess and purchase a topper thanks!

  32. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    The bedroom is really the easiest room for me to get my sprucing/changing fix. I just bought some new,springish sheets and a very reasonable priced quilt and I’m so happy!! Can’t paint right now but I also changed what’s hanging on the walls and I feel like it’s a new space

  33. Nena Sinclair says:

    These are great tips! Thank you, I’ve been wanting to redecorate my bedroom, so this will come in handy! 🙂

  34. Leah CB says:

    A new set of sheets will make you feel like a million bucks. I’ve never paid full price for sheets. I always catch them on sale or clearance. I love my high thread count sheets. My favorite are a jeweled tone teal. They didn’t really match my room, but man they made me happy!

  35. Kelly M says:

    Great ideas. I am re-decorating/re-organizing my house and love your ideas.

  36. Tammy S says:

    I love changing up my bedroom. It drives my husband crazy how often I change our bedroom set. I love how it freshens up the room. Great tip on flipping the mattress.

  37. Renee Travis says:

    I need to paint our bedroom a lighter, brighter color and spruce it up a bit. Just a change in curtains and the comforter can make a huge difference. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  38. susan broughtons says:

    Really cool ideas thanks so much

  39. Megan Blumenthal says:

    great post! Thanks for the tips. I needed some updating to my room, and I am on a strict budget.

  40. laura v says:

    good suggestions for bedrooms on a budget like me.

  41. bella says:

    Great tips Thank you

  42. Heather says:

    Great tips! I just bought a new set of sheets without even knowing about white sales…they were on sale though. Ha!

  43. Sheri Dickinson (Cindea) says:

    Great tips. I will be moving this summer, and want to make my bedroom look different than it is now. I will take your tip on thrift store shopping! Thanks!

  44. Vikki Cousin says:

    These are good ideas that I can try.

  45. Cheyenne P says:

    Wow! Great tips! We’re still a bit down the road from redoing our bedroom but flipping the mattress is something I should do anywho. Thanks for the pointer!

  46. Bella T. says:

    These are great tips. I have been playing around with feng shui rearranging lately. The bedroom in the photo looks so comfortable. 🙂

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