How to Smarten up your Home on a Budget

How to Smarten up your Home on a Budget


Is your home feeling a little bit outdated and in need of a makeover? If it is, try not to worry as it isn’t an issue that’s hard to solve. Even if you only have a small budget, that doesn’t matter. There are lots of simple ways that you can update your home on the cheap.

I know how it can feel when your home is lacking style, but you just don’t have the funds to do it up. I’ve been in this situation before, and it isn’t nice. However, even if money is tight, there are lots of affordable things that you can do to give your home the care that it needs.

Rip up carpets or have them cleaned

If you home is carpeted, you may not be able to afford to have them replaced. Instead, rip them up and have the floorboards polished or hire carpet cleaners to clean them for you.

The option that you choose will depend on the type of look that you want your home to have. Bare floorboards look chic and stylish while carpet gives a warm and cosy feel. Both of these hacks will work out at around the same price, so it’s up to your which one you opt for. 

Don’t repaint, wash the walls instead

If your walls are looking a little grubby – maybe they have the odd stain here and there, consider cleaning them. It might sound a little odd, but hear me out on this. 

While repainting would be the best option, often it can be too expensive. So washing your walls with warm water and mild soap is the best option for smartening them up. 

This is a great way to remove any stains, but it can be time-consuming. However, the results make it more than worth the time and effort.

Apply contact paper over ripped wallpaper

If your home is wallpapered, and the paper has become ripped or dirty, but you can’t afford to replace it, use contact paper, instead. Super cheap to buy, contact paper is a great alternative to traditional wallpaper.

It comes in various colours and prints, it’s semi-permanent, it won’t leave marks when removed, and it’s easy to use. There’s no messing around with wallpaper glue, all you need to do is peel off the protective cover and stick it down.

Visit a discount DIY or home store

For any bits and bobs that you need, visit your local discount DIY or home store. Across the country, there are various discount stores that have lots of awesome DIY items in – B&M and The Range are two of the best ones. These stores sell everything from a variety of paints – if you do need to repaint anywhere, to lots of cute accessories.

Don’t forget wall art and accessories

When it comes to smartening up your home, I find that investing in accessories can make all the difference. It’s amazing how a small table lamp, a scented candle or a chic piece of art can make a big difference to your home.

You can pick up cheap pieces accessories at discount stores, like those mentioned, above. It’s worth noting that even though the items sold here aren’t expensive; they don’t look cheap. They actually, look stylish and well designed. My favourite for cute and quirky home pieces is Home Bargains. I’m forever picking up something new there.

It can be hard smartening up your home when money is tight, but by following my hacks above, you can make the process a little easier.

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  1. September 17, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    These are great tips! I always use Pound Stretcher, Home Bargain or Wilko when I'm on a budget. I know a few people who've used charity shops as well – it's surprising what people give away.

  2. September 18, 2015 / 12:19 am

    There can't be enough good stuff said about discount home decorating stores! I think the key is to know what style you're looking for before you shop at Homegoods, TJ Maxx, etc. Otherwise you can end up with some tacky stuff…

  3. September 19, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    I loved this post! My fiance and I live at my mums while we save for a mortgage and I'd love to redecorate our room to make it nicer, but would rather save the money for a mortgage! I think I'll use some of these tips- we recently washed our walls and you're right, it makes a HUGE difference!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

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