Furnishing your teenage bedroom is a must but when it comes to furniture, you don't have to spend a lot to get a lot. I've found that vintage furniture is often better quality than new and can be found for super-cheap at estate sales and flea markets. If you have minimal DIY skills, with a little paint, almost any old piece of furniture can be made into something new. If you prefer new, there are great places to find affordable furniture for teenage bedrooms.
Many DIY decorators start with wall color and move on from there, but it is much easier to find paint to match the bedding than vise versa. If you don't have existing bedding for your teenager's room, start there. And never pay full retail! Use our savings tips when shopping stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or IKEA, or search for new bedding on sites such as Ebay or Overstock. Great deals can be found on quality bedding if you take the time to look.
Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but it can also be a way to showcase your personality. The more idiosyncratic and "you" it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style. In Megan Mullally's room, her and husband Nick Offerman topped their Holly Hunt nightstands with vintage mercury-glass lamps and fresh flowers.
However, most parents don't have the funds to lavishly decorate their child's bedroom, nor should you spend your hard-earned cash on furniture, bedding and decor that has inflated mark-ups and little long-lasting value. Truth is, you can create a fabulous room for your teen without going broke in the process - or even without spending much money at all.