Whether you’re furnishing your new pad or just moved into your first house, (re)decorating can stretch your budget. If you’re not sure where to spend and where to save for maximum decor effect, follow this budget-friendly living room decor guide to make the most of your home decor budget!
Your living room is probably the largest room in your house. Unlike bedrooms and bathrooms, they don’t have a single purpose. Depending on your lifestyle, your living room can be used for anything from entertaining, TV watching, or family time. You might even have set up a home office in a corner.
Because living rooms are multifunctional, they tend to house a lot of furniture, and decorating from scratch can cost anywhere upward of $10.000. Whether you’re repaying debt, saving for a house, or trying to get your mortgage out of the way, that sum is a fair chunk of money for most people. Read on to find out simple ways to decorate under budget by upcycling and making things yourself!
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Living Room Furnishing
- Coffee table
- TV unit or console
- End table
- Art / Wall art
Pouf & Ottomans
When it comes to seating, the big-ticket item will be your sofa. Regardless of your lifestyle, it’s likely that you’ll be sitting on it every day so don’t feel bad about spending good money on the highest quality sofa you can afford.
You’ll save by upcycling other types of seating for your living room. Thrift a pair of armchairs you like the shape of and get some fabric and a staple gun to reupholster them yourself, it’s easier than you think!
If the space is too tight for armchairs, make your own poufs and ottomans. You’ll get to pick the exact fabric to match your style. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make an ottoman from a pallet!
Living Room Furniture
Coffee table, End tables & TV unit
If you’re on the quest for budget-friendly living room decor, there’s no better way than paying your local second-hand store a visit. You can often find solid wood tables and consoles for a few dollars. Sand them, paint them, style them however you fancy. You’d be surprised what a change of hardware and a lick of paint can do.
Don’t be put off by details. If you love a table but hate the shape of the feet, saw them off to attach new furniture legs!
Lampshades & lamp bases
Lighting is an important element to make your living room feel large and airy. Layering different sources of light is the key to good lighting but that can quickly rack up the bill.
While you should definitely splurge on a gorgeous floor lamp, try upcycling old lampshades to stay under budget. Painting an old lampshade is the easiest DIY you can think of! If you’re looking for a high-end look without the price tag, try this wrapped lampshade DIY.
You might also find interesting lamp bases at the thrift store. Give them a few coats of terracotta paint or wrap them with rope to quickly update their look.
Living Room Decor
Art, throw pillows & curtains
Wall art, trays & vases
While there are some cool DIY rugs projects making the rounds on Pinterest, I would recommend you invest in a quality area rug. Your living room will see a lot of traffic over time and having a durable rug means it will stay in great shape for years to come.
Good news? Pretty much everything else is DIY-able! Whether you want to make a unique creation or an Anthropologie dupe, there’s plenty of budget-friendly ideas to craft your own decor. Making pillows and curtains is easy and accessible to all, even if you’ve just started sewing: create your own with your favorite fabric!