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Why hire a decorator if you can do it yourself! Here’s some DIY ideas on a budget.

Stop reading decorating magazines, it will only make you feel unsatisfied with how small your room is or how poorly your apartment was decorated. Instead, you can remodel, rebuild or redecorate your rooms with these three easy tips & tricks.

Utilize the dark side of the bed!

If you have a small apartment filled with clutter and stuff, your bedroom, especially your bed area is a great place to store things underneath. If you have an elevated bed or a platform bed, you can easily throw whatever stuff you want underneath it. And if you don’t have a bed like that, don’t worry, you can always get bed risers which give you additional space under your bed. You can then store things like suitcases, luggage or old boxes. You know, those suitcases and old boxes can also be used to store in them whatever junk you want to get rid of.

Build upwards … Take advantage of your vertical space.

Another trick is to use your vertical space to your advantage. You can have, for example, a huge wall gallery. If you enter someone’s apartment with a gallery on their wall, this gallery will immediately draw your eyes from the floor to the ceiling, because there’s a lot of stuff to look at. This tip works not only with small rooms but also with large ones too.   

Utilizing the vertical space also means building upwards, you know, like putting up a shelf. A simple shelf on a wall next to your bed means that you can keep favorite reads and books within easy reach, you can also display lots of catchy things like trinkets and book covers. Believe me, nothing could go wrong with a simple shelf. They are simply practical. Wall shelves could be installed everywhere in your apartment, and they can hold additional things like books, décor, knick-knacks and lots of stuff.

Shelves are my favorite. They can be installed above your TV or above your kitchen cabinets. If you think about it, there’s lots of room for using the space upwards.

Rearrange your room design.

If you’re bored with your room design and you can’t afford buying new furniture now, you can always ‘Feng Shui’ your room by moving furniture around. This will allow natural light to enter different corners of your room. Furniture can make your room look different and bigger for free. You can shop secondhand for an old wooden chair if you don’t already have one, dip it in bright red paint and see how beautiful it will look next to a bright set of chairs.  

You can do a lot of things with tips and techniques like these. If you put imagination to work, your options are limitless. Plus, DIY gives you satisfaction of being able to show off projects that you did yourselves. They even have a name for it. It’s called “The IKEA Effect”!