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:
This is the end result… a special thanks to my good friend Petey McGuire for his help with the photography.
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
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