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11 easy home upgrades that'll cost you under £40

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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We love a bargain and when it can also make our homes look that bit better, it's a double win as far as we're concerned! That's why we've devised 11 fabulous home improvement ideas, all of which will cost you under £40 and be simple enough for even the most inexperienced DIYer to tackle.

We've been paying attention to the best interior designers out there, making notes about what they do to significantly improve individual rooms and we think we've nailed some bargain versions for you here. 

Let's take a look and you can be the judge!

1. Use driftwood decorations

Keep an eye out for driftwood if you take a stroll on the beach, as a simple stack looks beautiful and adds a nautical, natural feel to any room. 

Knowing you can capture a high-end vibe for free certainly isn't a bad thing, is it?

2. Use modular shelving

Rectangular Living Room Furniture:   by Casa Più Arredamenti
Casa Più Arredamenti

Rectangular Living Room Furniture

Casa Più Arredamenti

The great thing about boxy, wall-mounted shelving is that you can always add to it if the need occurs. In a living room, bedroom or home office, these wall additions look fantastic and save you needing to revamp the colour scheme!

3. Upcycle second-hand furniture

All hail upcycling. When you're on a tight budget and  want to improve a room, simply upcycle some of the existing furniture. Change handles, add a coat of paint et voila

It's like a whole new item!

4. Other people's rubbish can be your treasure!

Keep your eyes peeled in charity shops and at car boot sales for interesting little trinkets that can be hung on your walls. You'll be surprised what people get rid of and how little they charge and you could have a whole new theme for under £40.

5. Potted plants are for indoors or outdoors

You can't deny what a positive impact potted plants make in your garden, but they can pack just as much punch inside the home. Really go to town, livening up the whole of your space with bright blooms and don't forget some herbs for the kitchen!

6. Create a fabulous gallery wall

Using old, mismatched photo frames to create a gallery wall look fabulous and you can even spruce them up a little with a single can of gold spray paint.

What a great way to make a hallway more personal and fun!

7. Create some modern art of your own to hang

Le Petit Echo de la Mode no.35 (limited edition) by Hormazd Narielwalla: modern Living room by King & McGaw
King & McGaw

Le Petit Echo de la Mode no.35 (limited edition) by Hormazd Narielwalla

King & McGaw

If buying art is out of you price range, are you sure that making some is beyond you? 

Why not grab some paints or pencils and see what you can come up with? It's the perfect Sunday afternoon activity and if the whole family has a go, you might discover a new talent!

8. Add funky curtains

Boring curtains be gone! New curtains could swallow up your entire £40 budget but fabric won't. 

Even if you just have some basic sewing skills, you can make beautiful curtains in a single weekend, so why not grab some bold material and have a bash?

9. Try statement wallpaper on one wall

Creating a feature wall with wallpaper is a fast, cheap and easy way to totally transform a room and with so much 'paste the wall' paper out there, it's suddenly even easier.

With the money you have left over, you could buy some new bedding to match!

10. Add a few inexpensive knick-knacks

Cushions, ornaments, pictures and rugs can all be exceptionally cheap yet highly impactful home additions, so get your bargain hunting boots on and go for a walk around town to see what you can find.

11. Add some LEDs to your staircase

A trade box of LED lights from a DIY store is extremely cheap and could make your staircase look awesome! This is a tip we're going to put into action ourselves.

For more amazing and purse-friendly DIY tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 20 economical DIY projects everyone can manage.

Tell us which ideas you're going to try!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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