Can we talk about how much rugs cost for a second? I mean, really. That fancy carpet square your dog is going to sleep on can cost over sixty dollars—if you manage to get a good deal. And that’s just rugs; don’t get me started on dressers and sofas. All of this added up means you can kiss your dreams of a Pinterest-worthy living room goodbye. But what if I told you there are ways to redecorate your home without buying new furniture? Don’t believe me? Just read on.
For a lot of people, the thing holding back their rooms is just how much stuff is in them. Too many oversize furniture pieces, plus an overabundance of knickknacks, plus a hundred different patterns have a way of making a room feel busy, crowded, and chaotic. Think through your room and decide whether you need everything in it. When you’re done, cut back. Don’t worry, Facebook Marketplace will gladly take your hand-me-downs.
There isn’t one way of arranging a room, and just moving around pieces can give a room a whole new feel. For example, pulling your sofa and armchair away from the wall can potentially make your room feel bigger, and arranging your room around a central point will make the room seem more ordered. But don’t forget to think about how you use the room. A desk that’s not by a light source or a couch sitting across a walking path will just drive you crazy later—trust me.
Refinish and Repurpose
There’s buying new furniture, and there’s making your old furniture LOOK like new furniture. Refinishing old furniture takes a little more work, but it’ll make your furniture look new and increase its value for when it’s time to sell it. Plus, you’ll get to tell everyone who comes in, “Oh, that old thing? Of COURSE I refinished that.” Even if your furniture is completely broken down, that doesn’t mean you have to pitch it and buy new furniture. You can repurpose just about anything to become a new furniture piece or accessory in your home, from old tables to broken instruments to scuffed wooden chairs.
They may seem like little things, but between your rearranged, decluttered room and shiny-looking refinished furniture, you’ll be surprised to find you’ve redecorated your home without buying a single new furniture piece. And hey, if you decide you don’t like it when you’re done, it’s no skin off your teeth. After all, it’s not like you bought anything for it.