5 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

Let’s be honest: When it comes to splurging on home makeovers, the bedroom can rank pretty high on the list.

Once you spot those automated blackout shades and fancy white noise machine, it might be game over when it comes to the budget you originally had in mind.

While those are all good things to invest in when the time is right, it’s smart to meet yourself where you’re at when it comes to your budget.

“Be practical about your needs and budget to make for a well-rested night’s sleep,” says Sarah Latham, principal designer at Latham Interiors.

That’s right—you don’t have to break the bank to achieve amazing sleep in your bedroom.

“No one should have to feel like they should spend a fortune on their bedroom to have the space of their dreams,” Latham says.

But she also stresses the importance of spending money where it counts—the spot where you lie your head down to sleep each and every night.

“It starts with selecting a quality and budget-friendly bed, mattress, and sheets,” says Latham. “After all, we spend half our lives sleeping. It’s a worthy cause to get it right.”

If you’re wondering how to decorate your bedroom on a low budget, read on. We’ll explore a variety of economical ways to decorate your bedroom.

How to decorate your bedroom on a budget

Be thorough with measuring

When you’re decorating, there are few things worse than buying several items you think will be great for your bedroom and then having them not fit into the space.

It’s even worse if you’ve purchased the items from places with a no-return policy—or perhaps the return window has already passed.

That’s why Latham emphasizes the importance of measuring your space before shopping, which makes for wise design choices and creates money savings.

“Measure, measure, measure,” she says. “Nothing is going to be right if you don’t confirm what will fit in your space.”

Double-check the numbers

You may think you have your budget worked out for your bedroom makeover, but perhaps you’re over or underestimating how much it will cost.

That’s why Latham advises confirming your budget before starting any serious shopping. “You will never sleep restfully if you are stressed about your investment,” she says.

Do some homework

Luckily, we live in a time when Google and online shops are at our fingertips, and this can help you save money as you refresh your bedroom.

For example, if you have your eye on a pricey furniture piece for your bedroom, you can do some research to find the budget-friendly version of what you want.

Also, if you’re looking to invest in a few key, quality pieces in your bedroom, you won’t want your investment to go to waste.

That’s why Latham recommends doing research. “Ask your friends and family and read reviews on the internet before investing in any bedroom items,” she says.

Get inspired

Although inspiration might take you to fanciful places when it comes to your bedroom design, it can also help you rein things in.

Latham suggests finding your “inspiration bedroom” when you start. That way, you can tightly stick to the must-have items in your inspiration bedroom instead of bringing in extra pieces that might not fit the vision perfectly.

“Use your inspiration bedroom as a guide in what design direction you want to head,” Latham says.

Think through your needs

Before investing in any big-ticket items for your bedroom, really think through how they might help and affect your individual needs.

That way, if you get down the road and realize that an item actually doesn’t fit your needs, then you won’t have purchased it only to regret it later.

“Know your limitations,” Latham says. “Do you have allergies? Sleep with pets or children? Take this into consideration before investing in something that may not work with those limitations.”

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How do you decorate a bedroom on a tight budget?

Let’s say that you’re living in an apartment or diminutive home and you’re wondering how to decorate a small bedroom on a low budget.

It’s entirely possible to pull this off as long as you measure everything so you’re not buying needless items or ones that don’t fit, do your research on items that work with your budget, and get inspired by a “dream bedroom” that you stick to throughout the process.

How can I decorate my bedroom with simple things?

“It’s never a bad idea to stick to the basics when designing your room and using neutral tones,” Latham says. “You can always add more decoration in throw pillows, drapery, or area rugs—things that can be easier to change out.”

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