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Below you’ll find suggestions that may require you to use old items you have on hand or items you’re able to salvage. Perhaps you have friends or family members who have some of these pieces stored in a garage. How to decorate your bedroom with no money truly depends on what you have on hand.
Below you’ll find ideas. Try them as is, or use them to inspire you to create your own original no-money-décor items.
If you have leftover paint, keep it. You can use it with some of these suggestions.
1. Do You Want or Need a New Headboard?
There are multiple ways to build your headboard. If you have old shutters or extra pieces of wood, you can mount them on the wall behind your bed. You can also use old doors. Take the handles off (or leave them on) and attach the doors behind the bed, and you have a classic headboard.
Use any extra paint or stain to give the wood a finished look. If you don’t have any paint or stain, use the wood as is! Be sure it’s cleaned of bugs and other toxic debris.
If your headboard needs something more added, use extra holiday lights to string them around your new wood frame. For safety reasons, be sure they’re low voltage LED lights. If you have a little money, try these affordable strings lights.
2. Used Crates or Storage Trunks as a Nightstand
Again, you’ll have to scrounge for these items if you don’t have them. However, there’s so much you can do to make used crates look artistic: You can paint them, use markers to add color or attach fabric around them.
Stack them to ensure they’re the right height for your bed. Ideally, nightstands should come to the height or just over the height of your mattress.
If you leave them open and access their front, add to the artistry by stacking books inside them. Using different colored books will add new funk and color to your space.
3. Make Your Own Wall Art
You can draw, color, paint your art, or try using household accessories to create art.
If you have old record albums and are willing to re-purpose them, you can use the album covers as art for the wall. You can also use the vinyl records themselves as wall art. Try joining the album covers together, mount them on the wall as one giant piece of art, or put them up separately to create a design or pattern.
If you can use the vinyl albums, put them up in a linear pattern above your newly constructed headboard. Or feature them in a funky design and display them above a dresser or over your nightstands.
You could also use your family photographs in a collage on your wall. Create a shape using a bunch of your family photos together; a heart, a square, a circle. If you have unused photo frames, you can also feature multiple smaller pictures in one frame.
Another piece of wall art is to run a string across a wall, and using clothes pins, hang items that are special to you, cards, photos, handmade smaller objects.
4. DIY Easy-Peasy Bedroom Accessories
Accessorize your bedroom with items you already own. Here are some ideas:
Books: If you have a collection of books, stacking them on your dresser, nightstands, or even the floor can warm up your room and make it inviting.
Crates: Just like the crate idea above for nightstands, you can also use them on the wall. They have that homemade shadow box effect and double as a shelf.
Dishware: Use your kitchen cups, glasses, and platters to display decorative items such as flowers, acorns from the yard, perfume bottles, and more.
Regarding bedding, unless you already own bedding or can get some for free from family members, you’ll have to spend money in that department. If you do have to buy bedding, consider the sets that come with many pieces included.
Also, if you have many lightly used decorative throw pillows, add them to your room. Don’t worry about the colors; many pillows can add warmth to a place, no matter the colors. Your DIY no-money design will be eclectic no matter what, so add those funky pillows.
If you have an extra chair, add it to the room. Put a throw blanket over it. A throw blanket will give the room a little more texture.
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