Living Rooms on a Budget: Our 9 Favorites From Rate My Space

Check out fabulous, budget-friendly family spaces sent in from our DIY fans.

Discount Store Diva

Rate My Space contributor mdcandela saved money by purchasing furniture at closeout stores. The color palette is crisp and clean, a look that's always in style. Calla lilies in discount-store vase add a touch of luxury.

Sew Smart

If you want to save hundreds on living room upgrades, learn the basics of sewing and upholstery. Rate My Space contributor Carlosrafael made this ottoman and throw pillow, one-of-a-kind style statements.

Urban Condo

Don't be afraid to mix things up to create a chic, eclectic space on a budget. Rate My Space contributor jaginator shopped smart and used paint to create a feature wall. The checkerboard pattern is accentuated with gold-leaf accents that are easier and more inexpensive than they look.

Eclectic Statement

Rate My Space contributor merskine combined color, texture and pattern to create a soft, easy space. Repainted white-wicker side chairs work perfectly with the white baseboard and artwork.

Thrift Store Finds

Rate My Space contributor retromod was at the right thrift store at the right time when he scored this $25 panoramic photograph of Baltimore. Much of the rest of his decor is thrift as well.

When Rate My Space contributor studiodellago bought this cabin, it was furnished. But that didn't stop this DIYer from starting over and giving old furniture new life. Even the furry, four-legged friend is a rescue.

Think Outside the Basement

A basement renovation can be expensive, but decorating it doesn't have to be. Rate My Space contributor jlgraddy saved money by staining the concrete floor and using carpet tiles to make a custom area rug.

Gotta Love Craigslist

Rate My Space contributor averybojangles found this lush velvet sofa on Craigslist for $250. The $50 coffee table is an antique WWII trunk.

Indirect Lighting

Use lighting to create instant drama and/or romance for very little. Make a large statement in the corner, and use uplights behind a sofa to illuminate a large wall.

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