Upcycling ideas, recycling, pre-loved… whatever you call it the world is loving the unique results gained from not buying something brand new. Transforming something ‘used’ into something fabulous is gaining huge momentum.

The bedroom is often the last place we consider renovating or looking for upcycling ideas. For a start, no-one wants to sleep on a pre-used mattress so we always buy new. It’s also a room that not everyone sees, so when money is tight renovations and redecorating take place in the lounge, kitchen, and bathroom. However, when money is tight it’s also a GREAT time to embrace upcycling ideas.

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Interiors By Form Los Angeles (above, as part of the Good Shepard Charity Project)

No-one really wants to neglect their bedroom. It’s a place for relaxation, retreat, and contemplation – and all these things are hard to do when your room has become something of a dumping ground. The simple truth is that redecorating your bedroom doesn’t need to cost a fortune – as long as you are prepared to put some work in and embrace the art of upcycling.

Here are just four upcycling ideas to get you started – why not give them a try and give your bedroom or guest room the refresh of your dreams?

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Upcycling Ideas: Scour the flea markets

Flea markets are fantastic places, and it’s amazing what you can find in them – people throw away and discard possessions for a variety of reasons; and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?. As long as you give yourself time to take a look around and learn some serious haggling skills, it’s incredibly easy to pick up a bargain. Take a look at charity stores, too – organisations such as the British Heart Foundation have a large number of used furniture stores up and down the country, and Emmaus are well worth a look too.

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LeBlanc Home Staging

Upcycling Ideas: Buy broken

Broken and damaged furniture is often cast away as useless, but nothing could be further from the truth. Scratches can be concealed with French polishing wax, for example, and a broken chest of drawers might only need its drawer runners replaced. Tired old paintwork can easily be refreshed – just sand down any furniture, prime it with a base coat, and use chalk paint for a fantastic effect.

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match old and new. A cheap chest of drawers from IKEA, for example, can be lifted into a glamorous territory by covering it with your favourite wallpaper.

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Interior by Theresa Fine

Upcycling Ideas: Repurpose

You can creatively repurpose furniture and general household objects to use for other things, too. For instance, you can turn old lightbulbs into magnificent bedroom oil lighters, or turn a wooden vintage ladder into a blanket or clothing storage solution. Even an old suitcase secured on top of a basic small fold-up table creates a funky and original bedside table.

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Tara Dudley Interiors

Upcycling Ideas: Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any bedroom. With the right lighting in place, you can chill in ultimate comfort, zone out from the world outside, and enjoy reading, meditation, and any other relaxing activity you can think of. And the great thing about lighting is that you can design it yourself, from scratch, incredibly quickly.

Make bedside lights from brass candlesticks, copper wire, or even an old birdcage. Main lights can be enlivened by creating your own shades, too – from mason jars, perhaps, or old, wooden baskets. The only limit to creating your ultimate bedroom is your imagination – so get creative and see if you can upcycle for the bedroom of your dreams.

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Ondine Karady Design

Click on images for designer’s website. Header image is by Erika Bierman Photography. This upcycled room was designed by Shirri Dolgin as part of the Good Shepard Charity Project.

Relevant Podcasts:

Maury Filosano promotes only recycling and upcycling ideas on her website filosano.com which supports artists who create new products from ‘trash’.

Darren Palmer is an Author, celebrity Interior Designer and Judge on ‘The Block’ who creates beautiful interiors. In this podcast, Darren provides design insights and tips on top decor trends for 2017.

Joe Tirimacco is a Mortage Broker who provides detailed information on how you can leverage your equity to invest in your current home or investment properties.

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