6 Easy and Cheap Ways to Update Your Living Room

Are you tired of your living room? If so, it’s time for a refresh. You don’t need to spend a huge amount of time and money updating your living room to make it look good. Here are six cheap and easy ways you can update your living room on a budget and in a pinch.

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1. Buy a New Sofa

This might not sound like a cheap way to update your living room, but it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you may think. Most retailers offer decent flexibility if you want to buy a sofa brand new, including finance options that can help you to spread the cost, but buying new isn’t the only option.

Facebook Marketplace and numerous boot sales and second-hand shops have plenty of sofas on offer, and most are in a nearly new condition. You can always dye the covers and add your own scatter cushions if the color isn’t quite to your taste – or you could do this with your existing sofa to give it a new lease of life.

2. Get a New Rug

A rug can dominate a living room, but because they’re so central to the room, it can be easy for them to get bogged down in dirt and debris. For the most part, a deep clean will do the trick, but when you’re trying to update your space, it’s worth putting a bit of money aside to buy a new rug.

A new pattern, color, or texture can have a real impact on a room, giving the space an instant facelift. To save a bit of cash, make sure you regularly check the sale sections of retailers as you can usually find some good bargains in there.

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3. Install New Light Fixtures

Lighting is an understated but integral part of any room, and luckily, it doesn’t need to cost too much. Simply switching out your light shades for something new, bright, and updated (or bold if your overall space is minimalistic) can have a massive impact on the ambiance of a room.

You don’t necessarily need to change the placement of your lights or re-wire your electrics – you can usually get away with just changing the light shades or the lamp base which can be done at minimal expense. You can even pick these up second-hand or you can make your own!

Alternatively, if you have a large area that you’re not sure what to do with, you can use a floor lamp or a decorative lampshade as an eye-catching piece.

4. Use Wall Decals

Painting and installing wallpaper can be expensive and troublesome, and for those who rent, it might not be allowed. It can be hard to make a rented home feel like your own if you can’t change the walls, but there is a way around it that also works for those who don’t have the time to paint or wallpaper – even if it’s allowed. This is in the form of wall decals.

You might think of tacky flowers or ‘live laugh love’ stencils, but this isn’t the case. There are hundreds of stylish and sleek wall decals and peel-and-stick wallpaper options out there for you to choose from. Whether you go for full wallpaper or just want a block of color in one area, wall decals are cheap, effective, and modern – perfect for an update!

5. Upcycle Your Furniture

The next cheap way you can update your living room is o upcycle the furniture. By sanding down wooden items and re-varnishing or re-painting them, and switching out the handles or knobs for something new, you can completely change the look of your furniture and your overall room. Best of all, it can be done on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

6. Upgrade Your Storage

The sixth and final way you can update your living space is to look at your storage. A lot of the time, the reason a room looks dated is that it’s cluttered, and this is even more so the case in well-used rooms like living rooms. With this in mind, think about your current storage options and look at upgrading them. This doesn’t need to cost a lot – a simple storage basket can make all the difference and keep the messy bits hidden away.


These are just six of the ways you can update your living room cheaply and easily. Will you be trying any, or do you have any tips of your own?

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.