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Cheap and Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Bedroom

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Mon, April 24

For most teenagers, their bedroom is their safe haven, a place to get away from the rest of the world where they can just unwind. It's therefore unsurprising that many teenagers spend hours trying to think of ways to improve their bedrooms, experimenting with different styles and decorations to make their rooms as Pinterest-worthy as possible.

However, the things suggested online often call for too much money to be spent and effort that is far off from being 'realistic' for teenagers to implement in their rooms. If you've found this to be the case, don't be disheartened! There are many easy ways to improve your bedroom without spending loads of money.

This article will provide some suggestions on how to make your room the utopia you dream of. Read on to be inspired!

1. Fairy Lights

Draping some fairy lights on a desk or your walls is an easy way to create a cozy, warm ambience in your room. Fairy lights are easy to take up and down and are generally inexpensive, making them a great option for teenagers.

Fairy lights have seen a boom in popularity in recent years, which is good as it means shops are now filled with hundreds of types for you to choose from. You can pick from a range of colors (yellow, white and rainbow, to name a few) and a range of types (stars, hearts, or just the eternally classic bulbs) - whichever style goes best with the vibe you want in your room.

2. Bunting

If fairy lights aren't your thing, then why not go for some bunting?

Like fairy lights, bunting is a great way to spruce up a bedroom without taking up loads of space. If you're the creative type, you could try making some yourself, using online tutorials such as this. If you're not one for DIY activities, then there are many places where you can buy bunting online. I would recommend checking out Etsy, where numerous independent businesses sell unique bunting at reasonable prices.

You could even alternate the bunting depending on the season; have some ghost bunting up for Halloween, switch it to snowflakes at Christmas, and tropical leaves in summer. Be creative with your decorating!

3. Corkboards

Putting up a corkboard is a good way of adding some personality to your room. Not only will it look great, but it's enjoyable and easy to make.

You can put whatever you want on your corkboard - be it photos, reminders or quotes. All you need to do is invest in some cute pins and get tacking. I would recommend searching on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, as many people have helpfully posted the inventive corkboards that they've created for their own rooms.

4. Paint your Furniture

Painting your chest of drawers or desk is a nice way of adding a splash of color to your room, and is a cheaper, lower-effort alternative to painting your bedroom walls. If you're feeling ambitious, you can paint the whole thing, or if you're after a more subtle change, you can do something more simple, like a pattern of vines running up the side.

Don't worry if you don't consider yourself the best at painting! There are many stencils you can buy online, which you can use to ensure you don't make any mistakes, and get the exact design that you're after.

5. Plants

Bring some of the outdoors in. Having greenery in your room is proven to be good for your mind and to help you unwind, and having one or two plants can help make your bedroom the sanctuary that you're after.

If you're deterred because you don't think you're the kind of person who can keep plants alive, don't worry; there are many plants that don't require lots of tending. For example, spider plants only need to be watered once a week. You could start with only one or two and grow your collection as you become more confident in your plant-tending abilities.

6. Add storage

Adding storage to your bedroom is a good way of preventing your room from getting over-cluttered, and ensuring everything stays well-organized.

If you think this is something that you can't do because your bedroom is on the smaller side, then think again! There are many clever, subtle ways of implementing storage in your bedroom. For example, you could get a storage rack to hang from your door or even built-in storage headboards. All you need to do is think outside the box.

7. Candles

Next up on the list is perhaps the simplest way to improve your bedroom: candles. Buying a few candles to go on your bedside table can completely change the vibe of your room. Not only will it make your room smell amazing, but candles also help create a calming atmosphere, ideal for a cosy study vibe or for a relaxing evening spent on watching Netflix.

If you want a more dark academia vibe in your room, you could go for some old-fashioned candlesticks, or if you want something more cheery that'll brighten up your room, go for an energizing, bright scent like mango or lemon.

8. Move your Bed

You might think that repositioning your bed won't do much, but it can in fact make a huge difference. For one, it can help you utilise space better. For example, if your room is on the smaller side, and your bed is in the room's centre, you could try putting it by a wall. This will grant you more space, which can then be used for something like a desk or even just a rug.

Repositioning your bed is also a good option for those who have lived in the same house for years and feel in need of a change. Try different locations, and see which you prefer most!

So there you have it — a list of cheap and easy ways to improve your bedroom. Hopefully, at least one or two of these have appealed to you and inspired you to spruce up your bedroom. Good luck and happy decorating!

Areesha Ahmed
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Areesha is a student from London. She enjoys watching horror films and drinking tea. When she is not reading books, she is buying them.