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Maintaining a home

Renovating and styling your bedroom on a budget

14 January 2021

Lucy Glade Wright

By Lucy Glade-Wright

Lucy is Designer and Director of Hunting for George, an online publication that is your go-to inspiration for all things home, design and lifestyle.

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Having recently completed makeovers of two of my own home’s bedrooms, here are my top tips on how you can make change for less when renovating and styling a bedroom.

1. Update handles, not cabinetry

In our master bedroom we decided to completely overhaul our cabinetry storage as our original cupboard was in a very poor condition. However, if you want new-look cabinetry without buying new cabinets, you can simply switch out your existing cupboard handles for an instant update. This will help modernise your cupboards for a fraction of the price of new cabinets.

Prices for handles can vary. For our guest bedroom we picked up some round matte black handles from our local hardware store, with prices ranging from $4-20. When it came to our master bedroom, we decided to splurge and chose leather pulls. These were $22.50 each but they create a luxurious look. When deciding on handles be sure to consider what colour, material and shape will complement the rest of your interiors.

2. Save on feature shelving

Shelving in your bedroom is a great way to show off your decor and add more personality to your room. Making your own shelves is not only easy but cost effective. To create DIY shelving you simply need to purchase timber and brackets to securely fasten the shelf to the wall.

For our bedroom makeover we created shelves using recycled timber from an old church pew. We had the timber already, so we cut it to size, then sanded and sealed it with a clear coat finish. We purchased brackets from our local hardware store for $6 each. In total our new feature shelves cost us only $24.

3. Opt for a bed head

If you want a new look for your bed but already have a perfectly good mattress and base, consider bringing in a bed head. Most bed heads are a cheaper alternative to a completely new frame, however prices vary depending on material, style and size. The reason I love adding a bed head is that it creates an instant focal point, helping to create a cosier bed zone. Plus if you’re renting, bed heads are easy to take with you when you move.

Bedroom styling tip

If you can’t increase the size of your room, try bringing in a full-length mirror. This will help to visually enhance the room. The larger the better, however mirrors of all sizes will help to reflect light and extend the feeling of space. This is a great styling hack for small spaces.

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Images by: Hunting for George
Art Direction & Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright
Photography: Jonno Rodd

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