Decorating Your Room On A Budget
If you're like me, you get bored with your decor very fast. I think I have changed my bedding five times in the past two years. Now that I am moving to a new apartment (just started last night), there are some things I want to change in my room. One thing that I want to get rid of was my nightstand lamps. For the longest time, I wanted to put twinkle lights on my ceiling instead of having a lamp. But, I came to the realization that one, that will be a lot of work, and two, it will most likely not end up the way I see it in all the pictures online (Similar to my Friendsgiving turkey themed cupcakes, but that's another story for another time).
Decorating your room is always exciting, but it is so easy to get carried away resulting in you either going over budget or realizing you don't have enough money half way through. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when decorating your room or place of living.
Measure Your Space
This is one of the most important steps you can take. If your room can realistically fit a queen size, two nightstands, and a dresser, you don't need to get a king size bed and other extra things that won't fit. Knowing how much space you have to work with is crucial so that you don't end up in a cramped room or with additional furniture that won't fit. Measure your room!
Decide On A Budget
Once you have measured your room, take the time to sit down and look at your finances. Do you have the money to do all the things you want to do in your room? What budget are you working with? Setting an amount and sticking to it will help you get to the end of your project satisfied. The last thing you want is to run out of money, have half your room finished, and crying on your bed (I tend to do this a lot).
Make A List, Then Map It Out
After you establish your budget, make a list of the things you are going to have in your room. Once you do that, either use graph paper or an online application to strategically map out where everything in your room will go based on the correct size of the room and items that will be in it. At this stage you might realize you don't have room for a bench at the end of your bed, or that you may need to mount your television to your wall.
Go Shopping, Then Buying
My dad used to tease me everytime I wanted to go shopping. He'd say, "Sure we can go shopping, but shopping is looking, buying is purchasing the item" In saying that, first look for possible items and save them either on your desktop, the website's shopping cart, Pinterest, or write down the product name and price. Then look on other websites or go to other stores and see if they have the same item or similar for cheaper. After you have finalized your list and found the most bang for your buck, go and buy the items. I have realized in the past, I have gotten too excited about buying things and realized I paid too much for the item or there were cheaper items. Then I ended up overspending or going back and returning a bunch of things I didn't need. Do your research and try to save the most money you can.
Now you've got all your items, you've planned out where everything is going to go, and along the way, you managed to save money. Now it's time for the fun part! Decorate away and enjoy the process. You worked long and hard to get to this step.
Let us know what website you go to for affordable decor below!
Originally posted on Deliberate Magazine.