Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas Millennials Swear By

by Tanya May 18, 2023

When it comes to home improvements (i.e decoration and renovation), Millennials have been defining interior design for a while now.

From Millennial pink, to mid-century modern, and tons of plants — Millennials have been driving this aesthetic.

A home is a sanctuary. A place where you want to spend time, especially post-pandemic when most of us still spend a lot of time at home.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways you can improve your home on a budget.

Consider upcycled and second-hand furniture

Millennials are super creative when it comes to finding amazing furniture cheaply.

eBay is a goldmine for gorgeous vintage and one-0f-a-kind mid-century furniture.

Upcycling is the process of converting materials or products that would otherwise be discarded or go to waste into new materials or products of better quality or for better aesthetic appeal.

For example, an old dining table can be upcycled into a bench or coffee table.

It’s a creative way to repurpose furniture that’s been previously used and may show signs of wear and Millennials love that worn vintage look.

Upcycling furniture is a great way to save money on new pieces. You can also repurpose old furniture that’s been in your home for years and make it look brand new.

Reuse existing materials and products

When you’re redoing a room in your home, consider reusing materials that may have otherwise been discarded.

If you’re painting a room, use leftover paint from a project that you’ve previously done or ask friends who may have some leftovers.

Additionally, you can check out online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Ebay, etc, and second-hand shops in your area, where people are trying to get rid of excess materials or even brand-new items they couldn’t send back.

You can also reuse old wallpaper remnants for craft or decor projects.

If you’re replacing flooring, don’t throw away the old flooring. Instead, save it and use it for craft projects, like creating wall decorations.

Reusing materials not only saves money, but it’s also eco-friendly and looks more mature/aged than new materials, which gives them more character.

Opt for aluminium decking or outdoor extension

Decks and outdoor extensions have become very popular with Millennials.

Aluminium decking is a popular choice for many people due its durability, strength, non-combustible properties, and sleek modern look. Non combustible decking options are also extremely easy to clean, and they don’t rust or rot.

Tackle DIY projects with friends and family

One of the best ways to save money when renovating your home is to tackle DIY projects with friends and family.

This is a great way to save money, and if you’re into it – have some fun and grow your confidence.

It’s also a great way to spend quality time with friends and family while working towards a common goal.

If you are going to tackle a DIY project, do your research and plan your steps ahead before you begin the project.

PS! You can borrow tools and equipment from friends and family or borrow them from rental companies.

Purchasing tools and equipment only makes sense if you think you’ll need them regularly.

Hire a local handyman

You don’t always need to call in professionals when doing a DIY project.

There are people, who are simply good at DIY projects  – some of them have qualifications, others don’t.

There are jobs that require qualified professionals because of the scale and hazard associated with them – these include electrical, plumbing and builders (removing walls etc) jobs.

However, smaller work like carpentry (cutting and building a furniture) or putting up shelves/curtains, and assembling cupboards and other furniture, don’t require qualification.

Millennials often turn to help when they don’t feel like doing DIY projects around the house. When searching for a “handyman near me” online, you may be spoilt for choice and not know who to trust. However, it’s easy enough to find a handyman near you when you use a service like MyBuilder, where all tradesmen are vetted and reviewed, so you know you will get quality work done.

Decorate your home with stand-out details 

It’s the details, like artwork on the wall, colors, and textures that make a home cozy and inviting.

And it’s cheap to do.

One of the coolest things you can do is add some wall art. This could be anything from photos and posters to paintings and tapestries. If you’re feeling really creative, you could even create your own artwork!

You can create a feature/accent wall. An accent wall or feature wall is an interior wall which design differs from that of the other walls in the room. The accent wall’s color can simply be a different shade of the color of the other walls, or have a different design in terms of color and material. It’s super cheap to do.

Another great option is to add some funky furniture or decorations. This could be anything from vintage finds to unique pieces that you’ve made yourself as well as unexpected items like hammock (inside or outside), which can become your reading nook. Just make sure to buy fit-for-purpose hammock stands that compliment your interior or exterior design.

No matter what you choose, make sure it reflects your personal style and makes you happy.

After all, your home should be a place where you can relax and be yourself. 

Take advantage of online deals and discounts

If you’re buying new materials for your next project, be sure to take advantage of online deals and discounts. You can find these by doing some online research.

Sign up for mailing lists and newsletters from your favourite shops – this will give you access to their latest deals and promotions.

Invest in energy-efficient appliances

Millennials are the most environmentally conscious generation. When it comes to home design, they are looking for sustainable materials and energy-efficient appliances.

If you’re renovating a room in your house, you can always take the opportunity to upgrade your appliances.

This is particularly true when renovating the kitchen.

If you’re in the market for new appliances, now is the perfect time to make the switch to energy-efficient appliances.

These appliances save you money in the long run by reducing your energy usage.

This can help offset the cost of your initial investment, as well as help you save money on your monthly energy bills.

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