Frugal Decorating Tips
When you purchase new carpet, always buy the best
pad you can afford. Not only does it extend the life of your carpet, but it
makes even a medium grade carpet feel more luxurious.
Carpet is expensive. Don't be in a rush when
purchasing carpet. Several months before you plan on purchasing your carpet,
contact several carpet layers and carpet stores that offer money back guarantees
to people that are unhappy with their purchase. Let them know the size of the
carpet you are interested in, and that you are looking for a heavily discounted
piece of carpet and don't mind if it is a return or lightly used.
Always keep the remnants of any carpet that you have
installed in your home. If you get a hole in your carpet, it can be fixed if you
have a piece of it. If it is just a small hole, you can just use a glue gun, and
attach some of the fibers from the carpet to the base and then cut the carpet to
a uniform height. If it is a larger hole, you are going to have to use the
carpet and backing. Cut a patch the size you need to completely cover the
repair. Then cut a matching area in your carpet and set it
Move Your Furniture
To prolong the life of your carpet, you need to
move the furniture around at least once a year. You don't need to move it far-
just enough to change where the legs are digging into the carpet. If you leave
your furniture in one place too long, the carpet may flatten to the point it
will not recover. It may even become threadbare. If you have large, heavy
pieces, you might consider getting casters to put under the legs to spread out
the weight. This is almost always done with grand pianos.
Be sure and decorate your children's rooms with objects
that have meaning to them. Posters are inexpensive, make a big statement, and
can be found to suit every child. The Internet is an easy place to find them. It
is also fun to put things on the wall to remind them of family experiences.
Children's artwork, vacation mementos, decorative quilts made from their
clothing, and even jig-saw puzzles you've worked on together can be glued on a
board and framed.
Here is another fun way to decorate a child's room.
Tape off a section of one of the walls in their room, and apply either magnetic
or chalkboard paint and frame the area.