Cheap Living Room Ideas – How to Decorate and Furnish for Less

When you’re trying to practice cheap living, buying furniture is surely a big issue. Of course you’d like to save money, but you probably don’t want a living room that looks like a dump. Here are some cheap living room ideas that should be useful for balancing appearance versus cost.

How much will a new living room cost? It depends on your current status and what you want to accomplish. Your answers to the following three questions can help guide you to which ideas may be the most beneficial.

  • Are you just starting out? – If this is the case, you’ll have many items to purchase. You’ll definitely want to use all the cheap living room ideas below to keep spending to a minimum.
  • Do you have young children or move a lot? – In this case, buying new furniture may lead to frustration. Over the years, my children and frequent moves were the sources of many dings, scratches, and other problems. It may be wise to buy nicer furniture later in life.
  • Are you decorating or upgrading? – Just like for the people who are starting out, if you are replacing everything, you’ll want to use all the tips to keep your costs lower. For those of you who just want to touch up or change the look of your room, the decorating ideas should do the trick.

Before you go looking for items for your living room, you might want to check out online interior decoration magazines to get ideas of how you want your living room to look. Here is the list of cheap living room ideas broken down by requirements:


1. New furniture – Buy from discount stores such as Ikea, Walmart, Kmart, and Target. Occasionally, you may be able to find a great deal from a local furniture store. Be sure to check all the flyers. If you’re having a hard time finding affordable new furniture, perhaps used is a better option.

2. Used furniture – Check your local Good Will, Salvation Army, thrift stores, and yard sales. You may have to look around quite a bit before you find what you want. I bought a desk from Good Will about 12 years ago for $25 and my daughter is still using it today. Also, buying used furniture online is another great option. Sources tell me the best method for doing this is through, because you are buying from someone local.


1. Painting – One way to give your living room a total new look is to paint it. You could even have a paint party and provide your ‘painting guests’ with refreshments or a meal.

2. Tweaks – Use slip covers or buy throw pillows to give your couch a new look. You can also buy new lamps or matching throw rugs. Add some new décor to the walls, such as a picture or some type of craft design you made. Michaels is a good source for these types of ideas. Any of these things can give your room a new look and feel, without draining your wallet dry.

The purpose of providing these cheap living room ideas is to help you in spending less money for things you need. As always, the road to a cheap living lifestyle is built by getting more for less.

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3 Responses to “Cheap Living Room Ideas – How to Decorate and Furnish for Less”

  1. These are some great, cheap ideas.

    Rearranging furniture is also a great way to spruce up your living room and make it look brand new. You can also get prints on the cheap from Michael’s or and do your own framing.

    Lastly, check out yard sales for more than just furniture. In these tough times, folks are selling living room accents, art and area rugs too. There’s a lots of deals to be had.

  2. Todd and Jen,
    Thanks for the comment and the additional ideas. :-)

  3. Interesting info.I am continually interested in opinions related to sofas and living room elements. One thing I’d really like to suggest highly to buyers to definitely undertake a little of research and get the best quality couch within your budget. Don’t just go by looks alone, because after awhile it will in all probability be dilapidated, in contrast to broken in, and your back will thank you. Take care