Have you ever walked into a fully staged home and thought..if I could afford this home, I would buy it right now, furniture and all…

I love going to our local Parade of Homes. Impeccable decor. Every single home is new, up to date, and strikingly beautiful. It draws you in, doesn’t it?. Like that new-car smell. Better yet, like the smell of popcorn at the movies. I cave every time.

Unfortunately, beautifully-staged homes are not as cheap as movie theatre popcorn.

Thank goodness because I love popcorn.

Budget Friendly Decor Ideas for the Master Bedroom

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With a little patience and some DIY, cheap bedroom decor is not that hard to find.

To be honest, I had no plans on writing a post about budget friendly ideas for the master bedroom. I don’t consider myself a great decorator. Hence the reason buying an already-staged home is so appealing.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I sometimes fall in the impulse-buying trap as I try to hurry and get things done now. Instant gratification syndrome. Can you relate?

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Ideas


But, as I sat and looked around our master bedroom, my eyes kept landing on DIY projects and bargain purchases I was proud of. Like this beautiful BLESSED sign, my newest acquisition from small wood home.

That space above our bed was bare for many months as I pondered ideas of what to put there. Nothing really spoke to me like this sign did.

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Ideas! Get a high end look on a small budget.

Forgive me if I sound a little sentimental. But, I have much to be thankful for, as I’m sure you do as well! I have been reminded of my blessings, this year in particular, as my youngest daughter graduated from high school and we are soon to become empty nesters. There is so much joy (and sadness) in seeing your children grow up. But all in all, I feel so blessed. And I love waking up to that reminder.

Gorgeous BLESSED sign. I love waking up to this reminder every day!

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This master bedroom was 15 months in the making. No impulse buying. And while it may not be perfect, it’s perfect for us. More than anything, I was pleased I didn’t break the bank.  I don’t think you should take 15 months to decorate your master bedroom, but there’s no shame in waiting and letting the room speak to you. I find that it takes me a few weeks to get used to new accessories before I add others.

Cheap Decor Ideas for the Master Bedroom

One thing we decided to do last year was repaint the beige walls with a bright matte white and replace the 17 year old carpet with hardwood floors. Being a small room with dark furniture, the white paint brightened the walls immensely.

We also opted to use simple textured table runners and placemats on the dresser and nightstand surfaces, since black furniture tends to show every speck of dust. It’s been a game changer in terms of dusting. I highly recommend it if you have dark furniture.

As you can tell, I am a fan of neutrals, and I love mixing them up. I used to never mix browns and blacks together. Now I love to do it.

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Decor

I do have a little color in this room. Keep scrolling 🙂

The Sconces

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you may be familiar with my

-modern with a side of farmhouse-

style of decorating. My husband is a fan of modern decor. Give him all the clean lines. As for me, I like to give clean lines a little character with wood elements and a little distressing. It’s a perfect mix of what we both like.

These easy DIY sconces are an example of a clean modern look. They are inexpensive to make yourself.

Cheap Bedroom Decor Ideas! Love this!

Pair them with cheap light cages and Edison bulbs and you add instant industrial farmhouse character. The power cord plugs into a regular outlet and has an ON/OFF switch attached which makes it so easy to reach over and flip the light on to read. No expensive electrical work required. I have found them to be a fun alternative to bedside lamps. What do you think?

The white duvet set is a steal from IKEA. The toss pillows are from Walmart. I love mixing pattern with texture. And did you notice a little color there?

The Phone Charging Station

If you have a bedside table, there’s a good chance your phone sits on it overnight. This idea came to me as a way to solve an annoying problem. My phone charging cord always fell behind the nightstand. So I headed to IKEA and found some kitchen items that served a better purpose. Now my cord sits tightly in the basket keeping the table free of clutter.

Keep your night stand free of clutter with this phone charging station IKEA Hack!

Do you think I need to put something on the wall above the charging station? Any suggestions?

Cheap Bedroom Decor. IKEA Phone Charging Station.

The Bench

Moving on down. This DIY Upholstered Bench was a special request from my husband. He wanted a place to sit and put his shoes on in the morning. He goes to work reeaaaallly EARLY and sitting on the bed to put on his shoes wakes me up.

Because of the small size of the bedroom, I never could find a small enough bench to put at the foot of the bed. As my DIY skills improved, I was able to build one just the right size for the space.

Bedroom Bench with FAUX metal legs

I’ll be honest, upholstery isn’t my favorite. I got my first taste when I re-covered these dining chairs and I found that it wasn’t too bad!. Similar to the chairs, this bench upholstery is fairly quick and easy. The fabric I used is very forgiving because there’s no pattern to it. This saves you from having to match things up or keep things straight. Bonus.

If you want to start with a simple upholstery project, benches are a good place to start.  I put together a video tutorial for upholstering the seat.

Upholstered Bench with Faux Metal Frame! I love this!

As you may have figured by now, the frame for this bench is made from wood (shhh, don’t tell). My inspiration came from a much more expensive  metal frame bench I found online. I used metallic spray paint to achieve the look of metal.

The rug was a steal from At Home. You can find it here! I opted for a 5’x8′ size, to keep it more affordable under our King size bed. Some days I wish I would have bought the large, but I’m happy with the savings.

The Mirror

Right across from the bench is this gorgeous floor mirror. This was a gift from my husband. He did so good! He bought it at our local Home Goods two years ago. This mirror lived in my Yoga room for a while, but after I found myself going to the Yoga room every day after I got dressed, I decided this mirror needed to move closer to my closet. So, it moved in two months ago. Now I need to figure out what to put in the yoga room.

Decorating your master bedroom on the cheap. Floor mirror.

I love the chippy look of the frame. Neutrals with a pop of dark red. The door to the left of the mirror is my small walk-in closet, and the door to the right is my master bath, which I have started to update  on a budget.

The Armoire

This project is one of my first DIY’s. I almost gave away this armoire because its dated yellow tones did not float my boat anymore. When I finally decided to paint it last summer the transformation was amazing. I am so glad I didn’t give it away.

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Master Bedroom: TV Armoire Renovation

I used my favorite color of milk paint for this piece. There’s some color layering, as you can see. Be sure and check out the tutorial if you have a similar project in mind.

The Curtains

Lastly, the neutral curtain panels are from IKEA. I love how that they carry super long curtain panels (and super cheap!). They come ready for you to hem. I actually left these un-hemmed and let them bunch at the bottom. If you have low ceilings like we do (8 foot) hang them as close to the ceiling as you can, to give the illusion of higher ceilings.

Master Bedroom Decor on the CHEAP! Armoire renovation and IKEA curtains

At first I was hesitant to hang beige curtains against true white walls, but I like how the beige on the curtains warms the space and brings up some of the hardwood tones.

Loving What you Have

Most of us are average people who can’t afford high end decor (I’m a teacher, need I say more?), but that doesn’t mean our homes can’t still look beautiful. With a little creativity, some DIY, repurposing, and bargain shopping, you can create a beautiful room, on a budget.

Master Bedroom Decor on a BUDGET! Lots of great IDEAS!

What finally persuaded me to write this post was the realization that my master bedroom is already staged.  Even better than the Parade of Homes. Every piece of this room has a story.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” -Boyd K Packer

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This room is full of ideas for easy DIY's and bargain accessories to make your Master Bedroom a stylish room on a small BUDGET!

What do You Think?

Do you have other tips for renovating master bedrooms on a budget? Anything you think I should add to my bedroom decor?

Tell me in the comments!

Thank you SO much for taking the time to read this and for letting me share my master bedroom DIY journey with you all.

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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Susanne

    Janice I love everything about your master bedroom! That mirror is amazing, your hubby did VERY well picking that out! I always want NOW, but when working on a budget I have learned to let a room evolve too 🙂

    1. Janice

      Thanks Susanne! Yes he did so good on that mirror. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Carolann

    I am in love with your bedroom space! I love the phone charging station. What a great idea! Also, that mirror!!! Everything about your space is gorgeous! Oh, and the wood floors are stunning!

  3. Carolann

    Gosh, I forgot to mention the blessed art. I am so in love with it! I will have to figure out how to get one and soon!

    1. Janice

      Thank you for your sweet comments Carolann!

  4. Sheryl

    So many whites in the world. On which did you settle for the walls? Lovely!

    1. Janice

      Hi Sheryl! I am always overwhelmed by the whites, too! So, I simply grabbed two cans of white off the shelf from the sherwin williams store. The color looked “white like snow” to me and the was good enough. It was a matte finish.

  5. SuchandSuch

    That is some incredibly beautiful work. I was already looking for bedroom decor ideas and finally I found them on your article. I am totally inspired with your work and I enjoyed over reading your blog post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Janice

      Thank you!

  6. Lin Austin

    Very beautiful room! Must be a pleasure to go to sleep and wake up there! Can I ask, what font did you use for your Blessed sign? x

    1. Hi Lin! I actually bought the sign from Smallwoods so I’m not sure about the font. I’m glad you liked the room. It still looks exactly the same except I’m considering building a new bench.

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