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Last week I gave you a bit of a peek at the room we finished for our 18 year old son. As I was sharing a few of the details I thought it might be fun to do a run down of all the ways we saved money in the room.
First lets start with a room tour.
This is what the room looks like when you view it from the door way. It is a small room so we wanted to really maximize the space. Thankfully the room had a vaulted ceiling so we used this to our advantage and created a loft bed for our son 8 feet up in the air so that his over 6 foot high self can walk under it without any problems.
Under the loft sits the yard sale couch and dresser that I found at a community rummage a few weeks back.
My husband and I decided against making this corner into a closet area as our son doesn’t hang a single item of clothes anyways, and although it seemed like the most logical area in the room for a closet it was needed for his TV and gaming console more. If we should put our house up for sale, we already have plans to create a closet so that this room can be considered a 4th bedroom and add value to our home.
Above his media area is his bed. My husband cut the top off an old ladder of his and added a wooden railing to it to make the ladder for the loft bed.
Our son picked out the duvet cover a few months back when he and I went to Ikea together to get inspiration for how to make the best use of the space in the room. I had a clearance found down comforter to place inside. We reused his mattress and pillows from the room he shared with his brother.
We reused his desk that was a yard sale found sofa table my husband altered and a yard sale found book case from another room. His alarm clock was originally in this room and was also yard sale found. The chair was in this room originally and was target clearance.
6 Ways We Saved Money On Our Teenage Bedroom Makeover
1. Yard sales
All pieces of furniture in the room with the exception of the mattress and the desk chair were found at yard sales. The curtains were also from a yard sale. All together we spend less than $200 on all the pieces.
Here are my best tips for successfully shopping yard sales.
2. We used odds and ends leftover from other projects
We painted all the furniture the same shade of black using floor paint that we had leftover from a previous project.
3. We used clearance priced items
The down comforter I got at Aldi’s for $15 on clearance.
Here are my best tips for shopping the clearance racks.
4. We used discounted gift cards
My husband used discounted gift cards from Cardpool to pay for all the supplies he needed saving us 7% on the cost of supplies.
Here is how our family has saved up to $50 a month by using discounted gift cards.
5. We used free labor
My husband did 100% of the work for this room saving us the cost of labor.
6. We repurposed items from around the house
The chair, desk and alarm clock were in this room when it was a school room. The book case was in another room where it wasn’t really fitting, so we swapped it out for this room.
Our biggest savings were found in the couch we got for $100 and the dresser for $35. We had budgeted significantly more for these two items thinking that we might not find items small enough to fit in the space in the second hand market and would therefore have to buy them new. When I found both a couch and dresser for significantly less than what we budgeted my husband and I decided to use the money saved to update our other 2 children’s rooms.
How do you save money renovating?
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