We’re always looking to improve our homes and living space where we can but we don’t always have the money to do it. With Christmas looming on the horizon and pockets becoming ever tighter we’ve put together some cheap, DIY home improvement ideas for you to try out this winter.
It might sound obvious but one of the most effective and cost free options to improving your home is getting rid of all that unwanted clutter lying around the house. Set aside a weekend and start getting rid of everything you don’t use that has been lying round taking up space. Don’t just shove everything into cupboards as it will only find its way out eventually but do try to put in place a storage system for things you want to keep but don’t seem to have a place for.
You don’t have to go crazy on this one but re painting just one room in your house can make a fairly dramatic change and if it’s something like your living room or kitchen it can feel like a new room. Go for neutral colours rather than anything too bright so you can add your own finishing touches to personalise the room.
Upcycle old furniture
This could be furniture you already own which you might want to give a new look or old furniture you have picked up cheap at a market or second hand shop. There are so many ways you can improve old pieces of furniture from giving something a new lick of paint to customising your drawer handles. For bigger or more ambitious pieces there are courses you can take in furniture restoration which should yield impressive results afterwards.
Make new cushion covers
You can pick up fabric fairly cheaply and you only need a yard or so to make a couple of cushion covers. Adding a fresh pattern or bold colour to your living room or bedroom can give a completely different look and an element of design – all for the cost of a yard of fabric (assuming you can sew!)
Get creative with your wallspace
Whether this is re arranging your pictures or making new ones, making your walls look different can give a room a new look. A good and inexpensive idea is to buy patterned fabric or paper and try framing it – much cheaper than investing a piece of original artwork. You can also try fixing some new shelves. Rather than buying a cheap set from Ikea, have a look around and see what else you could use. People make shelves out of old books and pieces of guttering so have a think and see if you can come up with something original to add a feature to your walls.
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