The first rule of interior decorating om a budget is to make the most of what you have. As he had been sharing with his sister and they had shared a pretty big room, we managed to share out the furniture between the two, which meant we could just buy a couple of key items. The internet is so useful in this situation, as I could browse, armed with the measurements, and find exactly the right item at the right price. Not necessarily the cheapest, but the one that fitted best for the money. It turned out Ikea was the place to get the drawers, they were cheaper than anywhere else (£39) and the quality was great. Really tricky to put together, but very solid once assembled.
The best investment we made, though, was his NowTV box. This was something he had specifically asked for, as we have one in our room and Luke and I have regular movie nights in there! I was so pleased to discover that you pay the same subscription, regardless how many boxes you have, that I got one for Jade too! There are lots of packages to choose from, starting from £6.99. Luke likes the movie package, but I am getting quite fond of the entertainment one, as I have no patience to wait for the next episode, and there are loads of box sets on there. I've finally started watching Broadchurch and it's pretty good! The box is normally £25 but, over Black Friday weekend, they are down to £15 each, so it's a good time to invest in one. The whole room cost £92.50, including the NowTV box and you can see the before and after pictures below. It is very hard to get a really good picture, because it's quite a small space, but the best news is, he was absolutely thrilled with it. He moved in that day and never looked back. Boys are so fickle!
|Before and After|