5 top sprucing tips on a budget

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cutting materialBreathing new life into your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Some small changes, savvy shopping and thrifty buys can give your home a real lift.

Recycle and reuse

Rather than buying new items, why not renovate your old ones? Change seat pads with fabric picked up from the charity shop and re-spray or paint photo frames to give them a new lease of life.

If you are quite good at DIY or handcrafts you can really put your own stamp on the room with very little involved cost-wise. Reusing will help your refurbishment budget go a lot further.

Make small changes to refresh your living spaces

You don’t need to rip up a whole room and start again to refresh it. Change the look of your suite by changing the cushion covers, add a pair of curtains from the charity shop or Freecycle, and accessorise with items picked up at sales, car boots, or from other rooms. Often you already have what you need, you just need to rearrange.

To brighten up a dull and neutral bathroom add a bright shower curtain, floor mats, towels and co-ordinated soap dishes and containers. This is very easy to do, isn’t permanent and can be fairly cheap. Bargain stores and supermarkets often stock home basics at very reasonable prices.

Visit Freecycle

Freecycle is an organisation which promotes the reuse of everyday items and furniture by giving it away to others rather dumping it in landfill.

Most towns and areas have a branch and it is all online. It’s very easy to post a wanted ad, or offer something you no longer want or need for others to have. The main point is that it is all free; no charges at all.

You can pick up anything from Freecycle from new tables and chairs, curtains, or wardrobe to sofas, books, ornaments and more. Find out all you need to know with these freecycling tips.

Rearrange your furniture

This might sound rather too obvious but it can work. Looking at the furniture, the pictures and soft furnishings you have around the house and moving them around can breathe a new lease of life into your home.

Do you have a spare room that is little more than a store room? Clear it out, move the computer up there and turn it into an office, freeing up a lot more space in your lounge. Are there toys everywhere, or is your lounge a play area, office and living room? If so, why not move this around so that there is a separate designated playroom or area? This is very effective and completely free.

Decorate your walls

Rather than spending a lot of money on paint or new wallpaper, why not have a feature wall or add a focal point using wall stickers?

Wall stickers are not just for children’s rooms. For a very reasonable price you can choose from quotations, pictures and more which will liven up a wall. Being easily removable, they also won’t cause any damage.

With a bit of imagination you can completely change the way a room looks and feels, without spending much at all!

Have you spruced up your home the thrifty way? We’d love to hear from you – send your tips and comments to [email protected]