Looking to shake up a room with some new furniture? Hold your horses!
Your old furniture can often be customised or updated to feel like a new and exciting addition to a room. Updating your furnishings doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either.
We’ve collected together some cheap and functional methods of updating or customising an old piece of furniture. Do you have any ideas of your own? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
One of the easiest ways to give furniture a new lease of life is with a fresh coat of paint. There’s a great variety of paints nowadays that are suitable for use on furniture – have a browse online and pick out the ideal shade!
Worried about messing up? Don’t worry, there are loads of guides to help you out too. It might not be the cheapest method, but painting your furniture is a great way of customising a room.
…Or Spray Paint With A Stencil
Spray paint isn’t just for graffiti artists! With a lace stencil and a can of spray paint, you can quickly and easily customise a piece of furniture.
If you’re feeling really creative, you can create a unique pattern by reusing the stencil. It’ll take some time to plan everything out, but the results can be spectacular.
Washi Tape has become massively popular in the UK recently. It’s a type of removable, coloured tape which can be used to decorate things quickly, easily and cheaply!
Typically, a roll of Washi Tape costs just a couple of quid. With one roll, you can completely cover a piece of furniture, giving it a brand new look. Plus, if you want to change it up, you can peel the Washi Tape off and re-use it another day.
Slipcovers and Cushions
Customising a piece of furniture doesn’t have to require a ton of work. Slipcovers are a great way of customising a sofa or a chair without making permanent changes.
There’s loads of different slipcovers out there, so whatever look you’re going for, you’ll be in safe hands. Plus, you can always further customise them with iron on transfers or embroidery.
Cushions are another great, simple way to brighten up a piece of furniture. Like slipcovers, they’re easily customisable, and they immediately make your furnishings stand out.
Stickers or Decals
They might be a pain to remove, but decals and stickers are a great way of taking a piece of furniture and making it your own.
You can find loads of different designs with a quick search online, and they’re easy to apply. This method is ideal for decorating a kids room, but there’s plenty of floral designs which will look stylish in any room.
Decoupage is the art of decorating with paper. It can only really be applied to small pieces of furniture (or ornaments), but the results are impressive.
Even basic decoupage skills can turn an ordinary box or jar into a bright, colourful addition to any room. Decoupaged ornaments will also naturally brighten up anything they sit on – an added bonus for your aging furniture!
Look At It From A Different Way
Sometimes, furniture doesn’t need customising at all; a simple shake-up can do the trick.
If your sofa set has always been in the same spot, try rejigging the whole living room to breathe new life into everything. Got an old bookcase that you want to reuse? Put it on its side, and you have a new media cabinet.
Just about every piece of furniture can be used in multiple ways. Try thinking outside the box, and you could start a new trend!