Ideas for how to design on a dime?


Looking for more great ideas! Budget less than $100

*Keeping the bedding - found this at TJ Max

*keeping the curtain rod - just hung up and want to hide our cheap fold down shades

*keeping the room paint color - I wanted the grey (planned for it to be a little darker but once we painted it too tired/lazy to do it again)

*Keeping picture on the wall

*MUST keep husbands sleep apnea machine next to bed And easy to reach (but it’s an eye sore)

I have a bolt of fabric meant for covering chairs that I was thinking to use for curtains but not sure if too dark for room. (See pictures)

I love everyone’s ideas and keep visiting Goodwill for some ‘repurposing’. Please send more ideas of how to make this Master Bedroom more beautiful on a $100 budget.


I have decided this

q design on a dime

Sleep apnea machine - eye sore. Any ideas??

Also plan to change lamp shade covers - white and round?? HELP!!

q design on a dime

Window over bed makes hanging a long curtain a problem as it hits up to second bed (twin bed must stay)

q design on a dime
q design on a dime

Bolt of fabric - was thinking for decorative large pillow cases and for curtains.

i can sew straight stitches and zig zag stitch’s

Does anyone recommend or have a better idea?

  9 answers
  • Karen Ardillo Karen Ardillo on Aug 02, 2018

    Window, I would raise rod closer to ceiling, giving illusion of larger window and make a valance. Make the pillow covers to match. All straight stitching! Off white lamp shades, and side tables with doors could hide hubby's air supply during the day, quick access at night. Have fun repurposing!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 02, 2018

    As much as I love paisley, I’d save this bolt for somewhere else.

    It doesn’t really go with the floral pattern of your spreads.

    I love the lamps, but I’d rather something more striking/rectangular, than your small mirrors. The print is great. Bring that attention to either side of the window to distract from your machine.

    Im including this site below for a purpose. I’d like to see you play up the tan/bronze in your spreads.

    I don’t know how wide your window is, but if you found fabric, or one particularly long curtain panel, you could cut the “hanging” section off, sew in a rod pocket, and use that panel for a sort of tailored cafe (not gathered ruffles) which would just cover the sill.

    Pillows in the same color-ish and maybe a round or oval in the deep pink.

    Re the cpap machine, perhaps you can cut a piece of cork or board, paint and make a bottom shelf for the machine. Extra length tubing is available widely online.

    Make a hook, with a section to slide under the mattress. This could hold the excess tubing.

    Ill all stop talking now.

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    • Janie Janie on Aug 02, 2018

      “...but I’d rather something more striking/rectangular, than your small mirrors. The print is great. Bring that attention to either side of the window to distract from your machine”

      can you send me a picture or link showing what you recommend?

  • Fay Fay on Aug 02, 2018
    Lots of potential. Look for a large piece of linen fabric (curtains, tablecloth) from Goodwill. Repurpose into straight style of valance onto raised curtain rod (to ceiling). Look for used round lampshades and recover in same fabric as valance. Cover a piece of foam board with (pink shade in bed covering) fabric for a head board and cover small pillow in linen for throw on bed. Can the table between the beds be moved to the other side of the twin which would give more visual space. Purchase a wicker waste basket and store c-pap machine in there for the day time, flip basket over at night to hold machine. Many baskets like this available at Goodwll. If you have to, spray paint basket with dollar paint in natural or dark to match spread. Material can be adhered to lampshade with spray glue. Have fun!

    • Janie Janie on Aug 02, 2018

      Wow! All great ideas. Sounds like everyone is pushing towards raising the rod closer to ceiling - will do! Going to play with the C-PAP ideas. Unfortunately there is no room on the right side of the bed (hits into wall).

      Thanks so much!!

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Aug 02, 2018

    As far as the c-pap is concerned I would find a different nightstand with a drawer deep enough to hold the machine and the tubing that goes with it. I would drill a hole in the back of it large enough for the electrical plug to go through. You could then keep it in the drawer and just open the drawer when it needs to be used. The fabric you have is beautiful, but too dark and busy for curtains or accent pillows in the room. I would look for a shower curtain (they are much wider than most curtain panels or fabric bolts), in a white or one of the colors in your comforter. I envision one which is all ruffles, make it just as long as your window. Then use the rest of the curtain to make pillows. Hope this helps.

  • Emily Emily on Aug 02, 2018

    Is there the money for or do you have another single bed? It would look more balanced if the beds were the same. Also if that is not possible, what about getting one stand for between the beds and one lamp with two switches and bulbs? No to the paisley and also no to any curtain for the window. There is no room visually as well probably, as physically. (in other words it would look like the fabric would dribble on your faces, even if it actuality doesn't. Would it be possible for you or someone you know to fashion a headboard like the on the larger bed, but one that goes full width of the wall and then fasten pin up lamps to that? Then the bed table (between beds) could be used for books,kleenex etc. and also to hide the apnea machine. Your bedroom is comprised of more than just this wall. Don't you want to post pictures of the whole room so we can advise on other low cost ideas?

  • Janie Janie on Aug 02, 2018

    Love the idea for hiding the C-PAP. Drilling holes in the back of a table (with drawer) should work. Now, wondering what color for table and how tall the able should be? I'll keep my eyes out at Goodwill.

    Thanks for all your help!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 02, 2018

    I understand Completely.

    Figure out a way for it to be easy for him to reach down. Electric color nail polish on the switch.

    But, he’s a guy!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 03, 2018

    I think the picture below could work but you obviously have great taste because I love your classic photo.

    Ive looked again. I think you should “stack” you round mirrors to the left of the bed and a print about the size you have on your husbands side.

    I like this Paris because it’s not too strong but has all your colors.

    Attention herring but not overwhelming or too girly.

  • Janie Janie on Aug 12, 2018
    Love the picture and idea to stack the mirrors! Any idea where to find the picture? Price?