Decorating your home can feel like a drain on your time, resources, and mostly your wallet. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case, as there are many ways to stay frugal while decorating.

As budget-friendly home décor and vintage shopping continue to grow in popularity, the ways you can save on spending are also rising.

This article looks at the top ten frugal ways to decorate your home on a budget.

1. Declutter

A great place to start when decorating your home is by sorting out what you already have and getting rid of anything unsightly or out of place.

  • Removing any unnecessary furniture or pieces of décor can free up space you didn’t know you had and open up a room without any spending.
  • You may sort your belongings out and find that you don’t have anything to get rid of. In this case, think about new storage possibilities.

Fortunately, storage boxes have various sizes, shapes, and prices, so you can pick something up cheap if you don’t have great storage in your home.

Decluttering your home of unnecessary items can help you see your area’s potential and open your mind to new ideas. Alternatively, you may be content with your home once it is decluttered and decide to keep it the way it is rather than add anything to it.

Houseful of Homemade gives readers more great decorating tips on their blog.

2. Give Upcycling a Try

Once you have decluttered your belongings, consider the possibility of upcycling rather than getting rid of things you don’t like or that don’t fit your style. Upcycling your furniture means taking what you already have and decorating it however you see fit in keeping with your décor goals.

Upcycling is a great way to cut back on spending, as you may only need to purchase supplies such as fabric, glue, or furniture paint.

It also means you don’t need to buy whole new pieces of furniture. On the other hand, it’s a great idea to have a piece you love that doesn’t quite fit your aims.

How you choose to upcycle different pieces will depend on your décor goals. It could mean anything from painting a chest of drawers to recovering an old sofa. Upcycling what you already have to fit your ideal style better is an excellent way to reduce spending and recycle what you already have.

3. Shop Second-hand

Shopping second-hand is something many people overlook when it comes to decorating the home, yet it has many benefits for both the world and your wallet. As thrifting and vintage shopping rise in popularity, the opportunities to buy attractive, unique pieces of home décor are also becoming more common.

Keep an eye out for vintage markets, flea markets, and estate sales, which can be fantastic resources for purchasing distinctive, preloved furniture and décor. Such events are also relatively common, and prices are likely to be highly reasonable in most cases. They can also be great opportunities to purchase something more high-end at an affordable price.

Something to consider is that you should go into second-hand shopping with an open mind. As much as you should have your home décor goals in mind, it’s essential to be able to see the potential in something that may be run-down or need a little work. Again, your upcycling and DIY skills will come in handy here, as you can rework things to fit in with your budget and style.

4. DIY as Much as Possible

Depending on your DIY abilities, you can use these skills to upgrade your home on a budget. There is plenty of inspiration available to anyone who knows where to look, from social media to high-end shops. If you can DIY some of the more expensive home décor options you see in these places, you can save yourself money.

It’s possible to DIY almost anything with a little bit of skill and know-how, which you can easily pick up from tutorials and information on the internet.

For example, you could build your furniture, sew your linens, or create your own furnishings. Alternatively, you might decide to spruce up things you already own, whether by fixing furniture or embroidering fabrics.

The great thing about making your own home décor is that you can put a little bit of yourself into it, meaning that whatever you make is unique and distinctive to you and your style. So, not only is it a good way to be frugal, but you can also make your home as personal to you as you want it to be.

5. Shop Sale Sections

While shopping second-hand is typically cheaper, there are many reasons you may not be able to; perhaps you can’t find anything you like or have a particular style in mind that can only be bought new.

  • In this situation, it’s important to try to shop as cheaply as possible while staying true to your style and ensuring the quality is good.
  • Try shopping specifically at sale times, where you might be able to find significantly lower prices. Something to consider is setting up sales alerts for specific items you want to purchase or stores you like.
  • This will ensure you stay on top of price cuts and make sure you never pay more than you have to.
  • Alternatively, try shopping at outlet stores. Outlet stores are a fantastic way to buy new items at a reduced price, and you don’t have to wait for certain times of the year like with sales.

Often, high-end, or more expensive items can be found at a seriously reduced price when you shop at an outlet, so you may be able to grab a bargain.

6. Bring Nature Inside

Many of us overlook the natural resources available to us when looking to decorate a home, yet it’s a brilliant resource for decorating on a budget. For example, our own backyard is often all the inspiration we need to decorate our homes. What’s more, it’s a great source of décor if you’re willing to put in a little bit of work.

Things like wreaths and seasonal floral arrangements are trendy ways to bring a little bit of nature inside your home and make for beautiful, cheap décor.

The resources you need are often found in your own back garden or can be bought cheaply from bargain stores. It’s easy to bring attractive décor into your home for very little money.

Another advantage is the versatility of such décor. It’s effortless to swap and change natural décor to fit your mood or style. You can keep your floral arrangements and décor in theme with the season or switch it up as and when you need to.

7. Don’t Underestimate Paint

Often, we tend to think of paint as a way to decorate walls and not much else. But paint is a cheap and easy way to update your home, and it’s also very versatile. You can update almost anything with a lick of fresh paint, from your cupboards to your kitchen cabinets.

Painting a room can quickly elevate your décor. But if you don’t want to commit to one color in the whole room or want to try something different, try an accent wall. It is a unique way to add some interest to a room, and it’s likely to be cheaper than painting the entire room.

Alternatively, painting furniture is a cheap and easy way to upgrade what you already have. This is another excellent way to upcycle any pieces of furniture you already own, and what’s better is you probably won’t need much paint to achieve it.

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8. Have a Set Vision of What You Want

Something that can be very helpful when sticking to a budget is having a vision of what you want to achieve in your home. Having a set picture in your mind of what you want to buy can be a good way of ensuring you don’t overspend or make any unnecessary purchases that might blow your budget.

It’s easy to get carried away when finding inspiration for your home. It’s important not to get too wrapped up in other people’s ideas and to focus on your own goals. One way to do this is to create a vision board, where you can keep track of your ideal color scheme, fabrics, and key pieces.

9. Organization is Key

Keeping your house tidy is a great way to make your décor stand out. Of course, decluttering your stuff is a great way to start, but keeping your home clean and organized is also important.

Think about specific places to store things, how little clutter you want, and when you want to clean.

These things can help you keep a clean, organized space.

10. Pay Attention to Details

When decorating, we often overlook the small details and focus on larger pieces. Yet, the details are what count and can help pull your décor together. You can also save a lot of money by forgoing larger purchases in favor of small, focused details.

Think about practical details around your house. The amount of electrical goods we store in our homes means we often have things like wires and cords hanging everywhere. It’s relatively cheap to buy wire covers that tuck them away and keep them safe. This is just one example of how a small detail can help to upgrade your home quickly and easily.

Other minor features like pillows and throws can also make all the difference to your home, and they are a cheap option. It’s easy to pick up attractive furnishings at reasonable prices, meaning you can switch them up when you feel like it. Alternatively, as we discussed before, you may decide to make your own.


As we have seen, there are many ways to upgrade your home décor without it costing a fortune. It doesn’t take much time or effort to cheaply decorate your home if you know where to look and are willing to put in a little work to see results.

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