How to Give Your Bedroom a Makeover on a Budget

If your bedroom is more “blah” than beautiful, it’s time to give it a makeover. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to take your room from drab to fab.


A few small swaps in hardware and furniture can have a big impact. You can find affordable end tables, shelves, night stands, chairs, and other furniture at your local thrift store or on sale at furniture and retail stores. Open shelving can be a great way to provide storage and make a space feel more open. If you don’t want to buy new, try rearranging your current furniture, or calling dibs on a piece that isn’t being used in another part of the house.

Switching out hardware like doorknobs, wall switch plates, and drawer handles can help upgrade a room’s vibe. You can give your bed a new look by use a wall-mounted headboard instead of buying a new frame which will save you lots of cash.


Updating your fabrics will go a long way to give your room a boost. You can use bold patterns, or pops of a contrasting color to catch the eye. Remember that dark colors make things appear smaller, and light colors make items appear larger. Adding new curtains, a new rug, or some new throw pillows will give a fun and finished look to the room. Try mixing different textures as well as colors to give the design some depth.

Keeping clutter put away is another way to refresh your room and make it feel larger. You can store items in canvas totes, use under-bed storage systems, or reorganize your closet.


The decor you choose can definitely give that “wow” factor to your bedroom. Using lamp lighting or string lighting creates instant ambiance and mood. You can make a gallery wall with pictures, artwork, and other items. Clean off the dresser and add a few potted plants, statues, or other decor pieces.

Mirrors are another way to make a room feel larger. You can use a floor length mirror, or a wall mounted one. If you want to enliven a wall but don’t want to buy an entire gallon of paint, you can find wall stickers that will do the trick and be a fraction of the cost. If you do want to add a little bit of new color you can get a small amount of paint and refinish the wall switch plates, door, and trim instead of the whole wall. This will give you some good contrast. Try to pick a theme for your room to keep the overall design cohesive. This will help keep you on track and on budget.