This is my very first try at putting together a living room on a $500 budget, and I was able to get 16 pieces of furniture and art in that budget.
For those of you who don’t know, I design rooms using various budgets, and I provide a Checklist with all of the links to purchase each piece in the design so that when you see a design that you like, you can easily order all of the pieces online. You won’t have to spend hours searching, matching, sizing, all while trying to stay within your budget – I do all of the hard work for you.
This design is for someone who is on a really tight budget. I remember what it was like to want to have a nice apartment, but not have a lot of money to decorate it. So, this is my first crack at it. The Coastal theme is really popular, but you can easily switch the artwork around and create a whole other look. I’ll play around with it and create different versions future.
Let me give you the details about this design. The futon is great because you can have overnight guests if you need to, or if you live in an studio apartment, you’ve got your living room/bedroom all set.
The art shown are posters, and let me just say that when I went looking for affordable ocean art – the options were endless, so if you don’t like the vintage style of the art shown, you can search for other types of ocean art, or even other types of art altogether in the art link provided in the Checklist below.
I found two black frames to fit the posters for $13. One important thing that I wanted to mention about the frames that I found are small for one of these art prints. The prints are 12″x18″ and 13″x19″. I chose to go with the 12″x18″ frame size. You can fold or trim down the larger piece of art 1/2 inch on each side to fit.
The slipper chair was a steal at $74. I’ve seen the price fluctuate up to $90, and this is a second source after the price went from $80 to $90 with the first source.
1/22/2018 Update…As I was checking all of the links to make sure they were still valid, I noticed that the chair above is a lot more expensive. I’ve left it’s link in the Checklist below, but I’ve added another chair at a lower price. It’s from Ebay, and there aren’t any reviews showing for the chair, which always makes me nervous, but they accept returns within 30 days. There are very detailed photos of the chair though.
The lamps are $30 a piece, and that includes the shade. They also come in a few other colors.
The end tables are $8 each. This style table has been around for at least 40 years, and I think the price was $8 40 years ago too. These tables aren’t very tall as far as end tables go, but neither is the futon, so it work out nicely.
The ladder shelf is great for displaying little decor items and or some small plants. You can put it by the front door as a place to set your keys.
The throw pillows are really nice for $15 for the pair. I’ve bought these before and I really like them. There are several color options, so if navy blue isn’t your thing, you can go with another color.
The storage ottomans double as a coffee table. I initially found them for $25 each, and then when I was checking the links to make sure they were still valid, I found them for $17 each from another source, so Yay! They’re a great place to hide your mess when company suddenly stops by. Shhh, it’ll be our little secret.
The TV Stand is just $20! It had only 1 review when I wrote this, but it was 5 stars. Fingers crossed, it will be wonderful.
These pieces should fit in the smallest of living rooms, but if your layout is tricky, double check the dimensions of the pieces as needed. If your living room is really large, you can always add additional pieces as your finances permit.
I chose everything carefully based on price and reviews. I try to make sure that there are a minimum of 4 out of 5 star reviews for each item, but sometimes there aren’t any reviews and I take the chance. Every piece should have free shipping, or free ship to your local store options, and some will have taxes. The total was $446 for all of the pieces, so there is room for taxes.
I will check back to make sure that the links don’t go bad. If you happen to notice one before I do, please gently comment to let me know and I’ll fix it straight away. The prices will change, but I am going to leave the prices as is so you know whether to wait for it to go back on sale, or whether to by it ASAP because it’s price is lower than I quoted.
I hope that this helps makes furnishing your place a little easier. Until next time.
Coastal Living Room Checklist
- White Futon $170
- 2 End Tables $8 each, 2 = $16
- 2 Beige Lamps $30 each, 2 = $60
- White TV Stand $20
- 2 Light Blue Ottomans $17 each, 2 = $34
- Option 1 of 2 Gray Slipper Chair $74
- Option 2 of 2 Slipper Chair $66
- Ladder Shelf $24
- Vintage Art 1 of 2 $7
- Vintage Art 2 of 2 $10
- Frames $8 each, 2 = $16
- Navy Pillows $15
Total = $446
*Please note that a few of these items were on sale, all of the pieces had free shipping or free pick up at the time of this post, but some of them will have added taxes that are not included in the total. Please feel free to gently comment about better pricing and/or alternative pieces. I will continually check to make sure that the links haven’t become invalid, but if you catch something before me, please let me know, and don’t forget to share and like this post. Thank you!