How To Refresh Your Bedroom for Under $500

How To Refresh Your Bedroom for Under $500

Humans spend about one-third of their lives sleeping. 

We believe that if you’re going to spend all that time tucked into a bed, you should do it in relaxation and comfort.

A bedroom refresh is a perfect way to bring some style to your space. However, even a simple room makeover can make a hefty dent in your wallet.

Don’t sweat – we’ve got some simple DIY ideas to help you refresh your bedroom for under $500.

We’ll show you how to give your room an affordable makeover with lighting, furniture, paint, and decor. Then, we’ll go over some cost-free ways to amp up your space.

DIY Bedroom Refresh Ideas

We’ve curated each idea with cost-efficiency in mind, so you don’t have to worry about the dollar signs adding up.

Buying furniture, lighting, and decor secondhand is also a great way to refurbish your bedroom without breaking the bank. Therefore, we’ve included some pricing examples for brand-new items from retailers and secondhand options from independent sellers.

We looked at Wayfair for retail prices and Facebook Marketplace for secondhand items for this guide.

As you read, consider different combinations of items you could add to your project for under $500.

Enhance Your Lighting

Enhancing your bedroom’s lighting is the perfect way to create an ambiance you love. 

Indoor lighting can affect your mood by activating different brain circuits. 

The University of Rhode Island suggests increasing your room’s natural light exposure to improve the overall mood of your space. You can also buy warm-toned light bulbs that mimic the hue of natural lighting. 

Add a dimmer switch to your overhead lighting to lower the brightness as the sun goes down. This tactic produces excellent mood lighting and prevents harsh lights from disrupting your circadian rhythm.

Next, add some style to your bedroom light fixtures with sconces or chandeliers.

A sconce is a hanging lamp that attaches to the wall with a decorative bracket. These fixtures were used in the Middle Ages to hold candles, but you don’t have to choose an antique option. The fixtures are now designed to fit any interior design aesthetic.

A chandelier will bring a chic, luxe look to your bedroom lighting. Chandeliers are decorative hanging light fixtures. They often have branches that hold multiple light bulbs.

Retailers like Lowes and Wayfair sell a wide variety of affordable sconces and chandeliers for any bedroom style. 

Item Average Retail Price Average Secondhand Price
Dimmable armed sconce $70 $30-$70
Two-piece candle sconce $50
Two-piece plug-in armed sconce $150
Wagon wheel chandelier $105 $20-$60
Candle style classic chandelier $140
Modern linear chandelier $100
Four-pack of warm white light bulbs $25 $20

Update Furniture Pieces

Adding new pieces of furniture is often the most costly part of any home refresh, but it doesn’t have to be. 

We recommend updating one or two items of your bedroom suite to start. 

Perhaps you could pick out matching bedside tables to subtly tie the room together. Pick nightstands with built-in storage so you can put items out of sight. 

If you like your existing bedroom furniture but still want to update its style, pick out new handles or knobs for your nightstands and dresser. This is a highly affordable way to kick off your bedroom refresh.

Consider adding a new headboard to your bed. This small addition can make a significant impact on the room’s dimension.

If updating your furniture is too big a task, you can still dress the pieces up with new linens. 

Select a comforter or duvet cover to match your style or switch up your aesthetic. Among the many in-store and online retailers, you’ll find a seemingly endless variety of prices, styles, and colors. 

Add throw pillows to the bed for an eye-catching touch. Or save money on pillows by adding new cases over existing ones.

Item Average Retail Price Average Secondhand Price
Wooden side tables (set of two) $200 $100
Wooden headboard $200 $60
Metal headboard $250 $60
Metal nightstand (set of two) $200 $100
Dresser $250 $150
Duvet cover $70 $50
Comforter set $200 $50
Throw pillows $75 $20

Paint the Walls

Updating the paint color of your bedroom walls is perhaps the simplest yet most effective refresh idea.

According to Psychreg, the color of your walls can actually impact your mood

Yellow can bring feelings of warmth and comfort. However, a bright wall color can also be distracting and attention-grabbing, making the whole room overwhelming to occupants. 

Colors like blue and green bring tranquility to a space – primarily because of their presence in nature. Add a light blue or green hue to your walls to brighten your space with a relaxing ambiance.

White is a classic and popular paint color prized for its versatility and modern feel. 

It’s known to evoke feelings of positivity and freshness while making small spaces more inviting. If your bedroom is cramped and dark, paint your walls white to open up the space.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is another popular option among homeowners and renters alike. 

These wallpapers come in various patterns and colors that easily peel away from the wall, making them an excellent choice for a quick refresh.

Item Average Retail Price Average Secondhand Price
2 gallons of white paint $70 $25
2 gallons of yellow paint $80
2 gallons of blue paint $70
2 gallons of green paint $70
Roll of peel-and-stick wallpaper $40-$50 $15

Incorporate Decorating Ideas

Sometimes, updating your interior design is just the thing to make your space feel more like home.

You can always start your bedroom refresh by touching up your bedroom decor. New decor can be affordable, simple, and fun to pick out. 

Select an eye-catching area rug to serve as the focal point of your bedroom. Rugs are great for spaces that need division or coherence. 

Place one underneath your desk for a defined bedroom office space. Or, place one under the legs of furniture to incorporate the pieces in with your other design choices.

Dressing up your windows is an excellent and affordable decorating idea. 

Window treatments are items like curtains and blinds that enhance the style and function of your windows. Like many other decor items, window treatments come in various styles, materials, shapes, and colors. You’ll undoubtedly find an option that fits your budget and design needs. 

Lastly, add some greenery to your space for tranquility and natural beauty. 

Indoor plants can be as pricey or cheap as you want. You can buy them from a boutique plant shop or propagate vines from your own backyard.

If live plants aren’t your forte, shop for artificial ones online or at a home goods retailer. You won’t have to worry about watering or pruning them, and they’ll bring an evergreen touch to your bedside table.

Item Average Retail Price Average Secondhand Price
5-by-7 area rug $150 $75
Curtains $50 $25
Curtain rods $30 $15
Live fiddle leaf fig plant $125 $100
Artificial fiddle leaf fig tree $100 $75
Wall art $40 $20

How to Complete Your Bedroom Refresh for Under $500

Now, we’ll show you how to incorporate the ideas we covered for a refresh project under $500. We’ll use the retail prices from each section, but keep in mind that you can always save money by shopping secondhand.

Refresh Idea Items Included Average Total Cost
Furniture 
  • Two wooden side tables
  • A wooden headboard
  • Duvet cover set
$470
Decor
  • Area rug
  • Artificial plant
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Two pieces of wall art
$410
Walls and lighting
  • 2 gallons of white paint
  • Two rolls of wallpaper
  • Two dimmable wall sconces
  • Four warm light bulbs
$315
Combination
  • Wagon wheel chandelier
  • Two metal nightstands
  • Area rug
  • Wall art
$495

Cost-free Ways To Refresh Your Bedroom

Now, we’ll cover some inexpensive ways to refresh your bedroom.

We suggest doing some intense organization to make your room feel more relaxing and less chaotic. This idea is DIY and free, and you’ll end up with a space you actually want to spend time in. 

You should start any room refresh project by decluttering. You can make room for new decor and get rid of items that no longer fit your aesthetic.

Rearranging your furniture is another excellent way to scratch your decorating itch without dishing out any cash.

Consider moving your bed by the window or using a wide dresser as a headboard. We recommend getting creative when rearranging; you might find a unique setup that adds functionality and space to your bedroom.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article inspires you to refresh your bedroom without blowing through your budget

A room refresh is a fantastic way to get creative and try out new DIY projects. You can also try your hand at thrifting or exploring all the options secondhand stores have to offer.

If thrifting isn’t your thing, you can still save heaps of money by making your own home decor or shopping from discount retailers. 

No matter how you decide to refresh your room, work toward a finished product you’re excited about. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, so it’s essential to make the space feel like home.

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