• Julianna Chang

How to Revamp Your Room (on a budget)

Updated: Jun 15

If you’re like me, or practically any other teenager around the world right now, you’re spending a lot of time in your room. Without friends to bother and hang out with, places to go, adventures to embark on, there’s really not much to do, leaving us bored and most likely alone in our rooms. Spending a lot of time in one unchanging place can be detrimental, at least for me. It tends to result in headaches, extreme boredom, and frequent trips to the kitchen, leading to many unnecessary snacks. With all this extra time and limited ways to spend it, it’s the perfect opportunity to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but never found the right time for it: revamping your room.

Revamping your room is not an easy task—it requires lots of planning and research, endless shopping and crafting, and lots and lots of staring at empty walls and random Pinterest boards. It’s important that you figure out your desired style before you start. Personally, I tend to go for a more light, colorful, bohemian style, but it really depends on who you are, what kind of room you want, and how you want to utilize your space.

Once you figure out the style you want for your room, it’s time to determine what items you want in your room. By this, I don’t mean your bed or your desk or your bookshelf. I mean the specific items that make your room your room. For me, it’s my small succulent in my strawberry vase, my hundreds of film photos plastered on my walls, and my miscellaneous records lined up next to my mint record player. For you, these things could be meaningful (or not) items you already have or special items that you’ve been looking for. These items do not have to be costly; a lot of them are small trinkets or photos of my friends that I took myself.

Photos, whether they’re your own or stolen art prints from Pinterest (there are a variety of Pinterest boards for each aesthetic online that you can look up and use), can be a great asset to your room and you should really consider placing them in some sort of layout somewhere on your walls or in a frame. If you already have photos up and you’re getting bored of them, I suggest switching them out for other ones, moving them to a different spot in your room, or trying a different layout. Once you’ve collected your photos, you can use Shutterfly to print them out and ship them to your house. 4 x 4’s are only $0.18 each.

Posters are also a great way to spice up your walls and make your room suited to your personality. Society6 and Redbubble have lots of different posters that you can use, but Society6 is a little more expensive.

If you’re just getting tired of your room in general, try moving your furniture. Even just moving your bed or your desk to the other side of your room can make a big difference.

Lastly, although this is more catered to my personal taste, something that really makes your room feel a lot better and nicer is greenery. Placing little plants, like flowers or succulents, in sporadic places around your room can make your room feel much lighter. Spending time there will be a lot more pleasant!

Although the current situation is not the best one, especially now that it’s summer break for

many, it’s important that we make the best out of any situation and use our time wisely.


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