Let’s face it; the family room is probably the most used and most abused room in the home. At least it is in our home. The bedroom, we basically sleep in it. The kitchen, we cook, while the bathrooms, we bathe and get ready in it. All of these rooms have one common denominator, and that is they are typically used for one purpose.
The family room, not so much. My family uses this room for gathering, to talk, read, watch television, homework, entertain, and even eat most meals. There…I admitted it. To say our family room is a multi-purpose room, would be an understatement. And since it is, it is by far the most used and abused room in the house.
So, if your home is like ours, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to renovating. Unfortunately, that could significantly raise the cost of doing so, and quickly. But, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you plan it out and are willing to be creative. I will break it down by individual areas within the room to give you some ideas to start in your renovation journey.
#1 Get on the Floor
When we think of flooring, the thought can be overwhelming when it comes to cost, especially if you have to replace the entire floor. Look for ways to change it slightly, such as a new area rug, or even painting a hard surface.
On the other hand, if the flooring is in good shape, leave it alone and work with it when choosing colors. If it has a couple stains or markings, try to rearrange the furniture to cover it up.
#2 Have a Seat
Once I know my budget, I set aside the biggest chunk of change to go towards furniture. It typically costs more than anything else, right? But, it also should be decent quality because the pieces need to support you and your family physically for a long time.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to go in debt for it either. You can purchase from clearance centers, buy used, or even recover your current pieces with throws. The biggest thing you need to consider is placement and a good fit for the room. For example, most family rooms need a sofa and a recliner or two. But, the room might be cramped if you buy large pieces, making the room small and less inviting. Choose a loveseat, rather than a couch, or small scale recliners, rather than those that are large enough to fit two people.
#3 If the Walls could Talk
While walls really can’t talk, they can speak to many things, such as your style, your personality, and even your mood. Fortunately, painting is an inexpensive way to give your room a facelift. I didn’t say it was easy…but, you can change a room with a new color for very little money.
The color should be well-thought out, for several reasons. The first is that various colors can enhance your mood from boosting energy, relieving depression, and have a calming effect. Also, if you choose a color that goes with items you already have, it will save in cost by not having to buy a lot of items. And finally, did I mention it’s a lot of work?
If you are looking for more than solid color walls, there are ways to spice it up a bit, without adding a lot of cost. Take a look:
- Chalkboard paint
The walls are probably the biggest area in the room, and there are 4 large walls in an average room, 3 maybe…if you have an open floor plan. So, choose the color and design of them carefully.
#4 Repurpose for Inexpensive Décor
I will admit; I am a home show addict. I watch them all and love to get new ideas that I hope to try myself…someday. One thing I have learned is that you can save a lot of money when renovating if you go to garage sales and flea markets. There are many treasures you can find there to be used in a room such as furniture, lamps, and art.
However, there are also things that are not necessarily meant to be in a family room, but can be if you repurpose it. I have seen chandeliers made out of old glass bottles, end tables made of old crates, and my favorite…end tables made out of an old door. Rather than spending $500 (and up) for an end table, use an old door ($10, or less) by staining or painting it, and then placing it on an old table base, or making your own legs. Leave it as rough as you want, or polish it up. It’s a great look, conversation piece, and a whole lot of savings.
You can have a great new room for the family to gather without dipping into your retirement fund. I encourage you to watch home improvement shows that are designed for inexpensive renovations, search the Internet for the same reason, and reach deep inside for that creative gene.
About the Author
Kathy Barber is a freelance writer who enjoys writing on topics that she has experience with, or found inspirational ideas stemming from the time she spends browsing the web. In fact, she drew inspiration for a series on home renovations when she visited http://www.reclinerchairreviews.com/. Other topics she has written about are health, entertaining, children, and online businesses. When Kathy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her young son, baseball, camping, cooking, and photography.