Basement Decorating Budget Tips

A room with a pool table and wine bar.

You can fill your empty basement with style and flair without breaking the bank. Whether you just bought a house and ran out of money to furnish the basement, or you never saved enough money for that basement project, you can turn it into a space you and your family will want to use.

Avoid Retail

While decorating on a budget, avoid retail outlets like department and furniture stores. You will pay much higher prices than if you sought out some items at dollar stores. Many dollar stores now carry attractive home décor items such as pillows, picture frames, and knick-knacks at bargain prices.

Check Thrift Stores and Flea Markets

Thrift stores and flea markets are wonderful sources of used furniture, and you’ll pay a lot less than if you went to a furniture store. You never know what you might find at a thrift store, including decorative mirrors, curtains, or even material to make your own window treatments. Retail fabric stores often sell remnants at a discount, which you might also be able to use to make window treatments.


Paint is the easiest, least expensive decorating option there is. Choose light or bright colors to keep the basement from having that “dungeon” feel. Some hardware stores sell paint at a discount because it turned out to be a color that the customer didn’t want. You might find a great bargain by checking for returned paint.

Display Quilts

The basement might be a perfect place to display a quilt made by a family member. Quilts can give rooms a homey, inviting feel.

Your imagination is really the only limitation you have when decorating your basement on a budget. Watch for bargains and, above all, create a space that is welcoming for your family.