This post is part of the Decorating Your Home series.
Decorating your home can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little creativity and know-how, you can stretch a buck quite a bit in the area of home decor.
Use What You Have
This may seem obvious, but I think we often overlook items we have because we live in a consumer society. New is always better, right? No always. And new is certainly not frugal in most cases. When using what you have, remember the Three R’s:
- Re-purpose. Get creative and think up new ways to use furniture you already have. For example, a friend gave us a dining set when we moved into our duplex. We only needed the chairs, so my husband sawed down the legs of the kitchen table and turned it into a coffee table for the living room. We love it!
- Re-cover. Have an ugly couch that is still in good shape? Buy a slipcover for it. The same goes for throw pillows. If you change your color scheme and need new ones, why not make a no sew cover out of cloth napkins?
- Re-arrange. Sometimes all you need to do for a new look is move things around. Use furniture in another room or change the arrangement of your pictures. Use your imagination. You will be surprised at what a difference a small change can make.
I love finding a good deal! What better way is there to find cheap home decor than buying used? A pre-owned dresser and a little paint and you have a new look for the bedroom. Thrift stores are my personal favorite, but you can also find great buys at garage sales, in the newspaper or online.
Look for Freebies
If you don’t mind doing a little searching and aren’t too picky, you can find items to decorate you home for free. Check out websites like freecycle.org and craigslist.org for listings of stuff people are giving away.
You can also let friends and family know what you are looking for so they can keep an eye out for you as well. Someone may have just what you need and offer it to you. We have been blessed with free furniture and appliances from friends, family and even my husband’s customers. Obviously, you should not ask or make your needs known with the expectation of help. You don’t want to be a mooch! However, others won’t have the opportunity to bless you (and get rid of their stuff!) if you refuse to reveal your needs.
These are only a few frugal ways to decorate your home. I’m sure some of you have some wonderful ideas of your own to share!
What are some ways you save money on decorating?