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Small Budget, Big Design: A Tour of My Bedroom

In today’s blog I’m going to show you that you can design an amazing space on a small budget. I spent a grand total of about $1,200 on this room and I had to buy everything. I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor with no furniture at all. Here’s a step-by-step of how I went about designing the room.

First off, I wanted the space to feel like a hotel room; a relaxing, inviting, calm place I could go after a long day. I decided to keep the color palette very neutral; taupe and white with pops of a bluish-torquoise.

I had a couple of challenges starting out. The room itself is pretty small (10’6″ x 11’9″) but I really wanted to have a place I could sit and read in addition to fitting a queen sized bed and a night stand. Another issue was with the closet… it’s a classic apartment closet that had those horrible bi-folding doors.

To tackle my space issue I drew a to-scale floor plan with graph paper, cut out some paper furniture pieces, and moved them around to see how I could fit everything. As for the closet issue, I decided to take the doors off and install floor to ceiling drapery along the entire wall (not just the closet opening). Doing this gave the room a totally new feeling and fixed the eye sore.

This is a great article that shows you how to hand sketch to-scale floor plans- Drawing A Floorpan.

Here are my before and after floor plans:


screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-4-13-00-pmThis is the end result… a special thanks to my good friend Petey McGuire for his help with the photography.
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I don’t remember exact prices on everything but here is a list of where I bought everything:

Craigslist: bed, desk, and chair (desk and chair were both brand new)

Target: night stand, lamp, & accessories on desk/nightstand

Bed, Bath, & Beyond: pillow on chair

HomeGoods: bedding and drapery

Home Depot: plant & paint (Behr: Perfect Taupe)

Walmart: four frames to put photos in. The photos are mine that I took a while back- I just had them printed at Walgreens and then framed them

I hope you enjoyed this post! I would love any feedback or questions in the comments section. Please subscribe at the bottom of the page and thank you for reading!



  1. Teri Teri

    I loved the idea of laying out the room and experimenting with paper first. I would need a dresser but I could replace the desk with a dresser.

    • DillonLovall DillonLovall

      Thanks! Yeah it’s so helpful (and less expensive) laying it all out on paper!

  2. Denise Walker Denise Walker

    Very classy looking and relaxing, you nailed it.

    • DillonLovall DillonLovall

      Thank you!!!

  3. Glori Glori

    So tastefully done !!! Rally lovely and relaxing looking.

  4. Caroline Caroline

    I love what you are doing with the bright clean looks!
    You defiantly have an artistic eye.
    I’m staying tuned in to you…..♡

    • DillonLovall DillonLovall

      Thank you!!

  5. I LOVE the idea of the wall-to-wall curtain on your closet wall! ?

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