For many people, owning a home is one of life’s biggest dreams. Not only do you get your own personal space, but you also have the freedom to customize every inch of that space. Some people can’t even imagine where to start. This is where most home improvement stores choose to decorate. Most home improvement websites try to sell you big, expensive, overly fancy floor plans and ideas that will take too long or go over your budget. We don’t intend to do that here. We have found that with just a few tweaks, you can completely transform your home into your dream home. Take a look at all of these budget-friendly ideas and see which ones are best suited to make your home the envy of the world.
Create a sun tunnel to bring in natural light and lower your electric bill.
Many people wish they had a nice skylight in their kitchen, but not all homes have them. However, if you want to bring natural light into a poorly lit area of your home, there are inexpensive ways to do so.
Adding a channel of sunlight to a poorly lit room can brighten any space and save you money on your electric bill. Natural light also makes a space more open, and you can transform a poorly lit room with this simple installation.
Sockets on the backs of drawers improve functionality while keeping children safe
One of the most frustrating things in any home is disguising the contents of drawers. Why waste space with something that doesn’t work? But those pointless fake drawers only frustrate people, so we came up with a solution.
Without wasting that space, we can install an outlet behind the fake drawer to make it easier to use. When not in use, the faux drawers can be covered to prevent electric shock to small children.
Dutch doors instead of unsightly baby gates.
When you have babies and small children in your home, it is important to keep them safe, but that does not mean you have to use unsightly plastic gates that detract from the aesthetics of your home. Why use an unsightly baby gate when you can install a Dutch gate?
Dutch gates are split in half, so the bottom can remain closed and the top can remain open. This prevents your child from walking out while making your home look stylish. Plus, you can keep it when your children are older, and it’s perfect for pets.
Folding drying racks take up less space.
If you have little counter space, you may find yourself short on space for just about anything. Drying dishes next to the sink can make it difficult to find space for cooking. But this simple idea can save a lot of counter space.
Instead of placing a drying rack on the counter, create a rack that folds away from the wall. This keeps dishes off the counter and can be used as a towel rack when towels are not available.
Making Long Hallways More Functional
A long hallway with nothing in it can seem like a waste of useful space. It may be hard to imagine since it is just a hallway, but you may be able to maximize storage space by installing additional shelving.
If you’re wondering what to do with bulky winter clothes in the summer, you could add drawers to your wardrobe to make more space. Instead of ruining the walls with nail holes, you can brighten up the halls by placing pictures or decorative items on shelves.
Create a built-in paper towel roll under the counter to keep the paper towel roll away from the counter.
Do you feel like you are not maximizing your kitchen space? With limited space in drawers and on counters, it may seem like a lot of wasted space. Instead of ignoring this unused space, you can maximize it with this simple installation.
You may have trouble finding a place to put your paper towels, but this built-in corner will keep them out of the way and dry. Instead of bulky paper towel holders taking up valuable counter space, you can put unused space to practical use.
Create a neighborhood book exchange with an old bird feeder.
If you like to read and borrow books, but don’t have a public library nearby, this is a great idea. All you need is a bird feeder and the books you want to exchange. Passersby can pick up a book or drop it off, bringing the community together.
If you live in a busy neighborhood, this method works best. It is a great conversation starter if you want to get to know your neighbors better. You can also find books that don’t interest you based on your neighbors’ reading habits.
Adding a half table to your bathroom can provide much-needed extra storage space
In a small bathroom, it can be difficult to find space to store everything from towels to toiletries. Instead of shoving things into cupboards, adding a half table will give you the counter space you need and allow you to wrap your towels as if you were in a spa.
It’s amazing how small things can make such a difference in your bathroom space. Finding one with shelves for even more storage space is even more convenient. Why wouldn’t you want to expand your space as much as possible?
Adding drawers to your bathroom walls will give you the storage space you need.
You can find storage space anywhere in your home. If you have a small bathroom and don’t have room for shelving, there are ways to get the storage space you need. While it may seem like a bad idea to drill a hole in the wall, it is actually the perfect place to put drawers.
Installing high-impact drawers between wall studs can upgrade storage in a small bathroom. You can never have too much storage space in your home without seeing clutter. It’s also easier to organize what’s in the drawers.
Hinged bar stools to save space and get out of the way
Have you ever walked into your kitchen and tripped over a barstool? It’s always in the way and not a day goes by when you don’t trip over it. It’s time to get rid of these bar stools and try a more unique solution.
Hinging the bar stools will save space in your kitchen by eliminating tripping over bulky stools. When you have visitors, you can easily unfold the seat for them to sit on. To improve your kitchen, the hinges need to be especially strong, which may take a little work.
Sliding bathroom steps that are not as bulky as stools and are ideal for growing children.
You probably remember struggling to reach the sink when you were younger. When you had small children, you needed a step stool to use the sink, but it was bulky and took up effective space in the bathroom.
Instead of moving the stool around the bathroom, create a sliding step for your growing little one. This is convenient for changing light bulbs or reaching for things that are out of reach. They don’t take up much space, so you can use them even as your child grows older.
The coolest part of any home renovation.
The most tedious part of sweeping is trying to get everything into the dustpan. You always end up with a lot of dust over and over again. Hoovers are great, but threadless hoovers die quickly, and other hoovers can get tangled up in the mess you’re cleaning up.
But there is a solution to these problems. One of the most innovative home improvement products was a hoover built into the baseboard. Just sweep everything toward its hole, flip a switch, and the debris disappears. It is something every home needs.
Put heat sensitive tiles on the shower so you can tell when the water is warm.
It may seem strange, but thermo tiles are a very cool idea to add to your shower. This way, you can tell if the water is the right temperature without having to stick your hand in cold water. This will make your guests envious.
The only downside would be that people would be distracted by the color and stay in the bathroom too long. These will add an unexpected pop of color to any boring bathroom.
Kitchen drawers can be used as hidden cutting boards
Have you ever worried about storing a cutting board that doesn’t fall out every time you open the cupboard? But some genius has come up with a perfect solution to this problem. What’s more, it saves counter space.
Instead of storing cutting boards in a cupboard, place them on top of a drawer. This makes it easier to store and gives you extra space on the counter since you are not using it to cut things. Everyone wants to have extra space when possible.
Save yourself a trip to the trash with this cutting board.
There is nothing more tedious than having to run to the trash can several times to throw away scraps when cutting vegetables. The cutting board fills up, and if you don’t remove all the scraps, you will have extra space to cut.
Rather than making multiple trips to the trash can, use a cutting board with holes in it and place the trash can under it. As you chop, rake the scraps into the bin and your cutting board will always be clean.
Add sockets to drawers to keep clutter off the counter.
Hiding sockets is a good way to keep children safe, but it doesn’t always prevent countertops from becoming cluttered. But there are more convenient ways to hide sockets and keep counters clear. Kitchens are all about space, and this is a great way to clear that space.
The best place to hide sockets is in drawers. You can plug things in and put them off the counter. It can also add functionality to a place that might otherwise be used only as a junk drawer. Everyone has one drawer, but it doesn’t have to be a completely wasted space.
A Simple Window Seat Makes Stairs More Comfortable
Just because the staircase serves one function doesn’t mean it can’t be dressed up to make it more inviting. Every home needs the perfect place to curl up on a cold day. Adding a window seat to the staircase is the perfect accent.
Instead of sitting on the couch all day or lying in bed, someone can watch the rain fall while reading a good book. It’s not a necessity, but having something cozy like this on the stairs will make your guests feel more at home.
This is a useful sign to find the restroom.
Have you ever had friends or guests over to your house and couldn’t find the bathroom because all the doors in the hallway looked the same? You don’t want to put your guests in a coat closet, but there is no way to distinguish that door without changing the whole thing.
This restroom sign doesn’t just apply to public restrooms. You can also find some great handmade options online that add a quirky touch to a plain door. Guests will be able to find the restroom faster rather than walking around the halls frustrated trying to find it.
Add a unique design element to door numbers using a modern font.
This will not increase storage space or functionality, but it will have a stronger curb appeal. However, there are easy and inexpensive ways to incorporate something interesting into the exterior of your home.
Instead of using plain numbers on your mailbox, choose a modern font to add a little personality to the exterior of your home. These little touches can make the outside of your home more lively and less expensive.
These old-fashioned beds are coming back into fashion.
Murphy beds peaked in popularity in the 1920s and then experienced a resurgence in the early 2010s. These functional beds fold out from the wall when sleeping at night and can be stored in a cupboard, allowing for more floor space during the day. They take up less space than bunk beds and make it easier to clean the room.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space, this bed can instantly turn a child’s room into a playroom. It may look old-fashioned, but it saves space and is easier to clean.