Budget Decorating – Living Room Edition


Whoever said you couldn’t decorate an entire living room to look more expensive than it is has clearly never been to IKEA.  IKEA is a swedish-based home furnishing store that has taken the US by storm over the last 10 years.  It’s known for it’s affordable, DIY, and space saving pieces that are fairly high quality I think, in my opinion.  

Pictured above is my very own living room. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up as an avid IKEA shopper that can help you conquer this massive store.

First, peruse the website.  I will warn that not everything available on the store is available online, and vice versa.  But it’s good to familiarize with what’s available and make yourself a list so you are not overwhelmed.  The website also has a “check store inventory” widget that is fairly accurate.  

Next, upon arriving at the store, grab a map.  This will help you navigate all the sections in the winding warehouse.  On the back of the map is space for you to write down all the items you want.  You’ll need to use that later to pick them up in the self-service area.

Finally, at the end of your shopping trip, check out the “As-Is” area.  Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of returned, or lightly damaged items, or floor samples.  You can save up to 80% in some cases – all it takes is a little bit of time to hunker through.

When putting together your IKEA bought furniture, make sure to read the directions first.  Mainly because everything is in pictures – you want to make sure you really understand the steps before doing.  Learn from my mistakes – there were many times I put chairs together backwards or had to start over because I missed a step.

And with that – here’s my living room cost = $404.90