Top 10 Tips For A Studio Makeover On A Budget

Welcome, mates! If you’ve recently snagged a studio from the top-notch folks at Aarons Outdoor, you’re in for a ripper of a journey. These guys make purchasing and installing a studio as easy as falling off a log. But once the dust settles, you’re left with a blank canvas that’s all yours to transform.

We know that decorating and furnishing a backyard studio can feel like wrangling a crocodile, mainly when dealing with a small space. All that floor space to fill and many choices can make your head spin faster than a boomerang. But don’t worry; we’re here to lend you a hand.

In this piece, we’ll walk you through ten budget-friendly ideas to help you make your studio feel like home without busting your bank account. We’re talking about maximising your floor space, using what you’ve got in new ways, and adding a few key pieces to pull it all together.

So, set aside your worries about overwhelming choices and limited space. We’ve got your back. Ready to dive in? Let’s get cracking!

T T F A S M O A B1. DIY Furniture and Decor

Decorating a small studio on a budget? Don’t fret! DIY’s the name of the game, mates. It’s not just a way to save a few quid – it’s also a smashing way to inject a bit of you into your space. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of sitting back and admiring something you’ve created with your own two hands.

Think of DIY projects as an opportunity to make your backyard studio stand out. Do you have an old indoor trash can lying around? With a lick of paint and a slab of wood on top, it’s suddenly a funky side table or a quirky nightstand. And the best bit? It’s a one-of-a-kind piece that you’ve made yourself.

T T F A S M O A BLack of a dining room in your studio? No worries. Try a DIY room divider that separates your living and sleeping areas and doubles as a bookshelf. Need a coffee table? Use crates to make a storage coffee table – functional furniture with a rustic charm.

If you’re hesitant about DIY, remember – it’s meant to be fun, not fussy. Please give it a burl; you might surprise yourself!

2. Adding Plants

Let’s talk about greenery, mates! Plants are a pretty nifty way to add fresh air to your studio. Significantly, if your studio doubles as a home office, plants can help purify the air, reduce stress, and make your space feel more alive. Plus, they’re a top-notch way to bring in a bit of the great outdoors without taking up too much physical space.

If you’re worried about not having a green thumb, don’t be. Some plants are as tough as old boots and don’t need much fuss. Try a peace lily or a snake plant – they’re easy to care for, and love the natural light that streams into your studio.

T T F A S M O A BWhen it comes to decorating a studio with plants, think vertically. Hanging plants or wall-mounted planters can save space and draw the eye upwards, making your studio feel larger. You could also pop a small plant on your desk or coffee table for greenery without cluttering your space.

3. Using Books for Decor

Here’s a secret – books aren’t just for reading. They can do double duty in your studio as functional and decor items. A well-placed stack of books can add a pop of colour, create a focal point, or even give a bit of height to other things in your room. They make the room feel cozy and lived-in, like a comfortable pair of old thongs.

One of the simplest ways to use books in your decor is to create a bookshelf. This doesn’t have to be a traditional shelf – you can get creative. Stack them in a corner, arrange them by colour, or mix them with other items like photos or ornaments. It’s your space; make it up as you go!

T T F A S M O A BFolding chairs tucked away? Use a stack of oversized hardcovers as a makeshift side table. Ensure you’ve got enough light to read by? Place a lamp on top of a stack of books to raise it and spread the light around.

Don’t underestimate the power of books, mates. They’re not just good for a read; they’re a decorator’s secret weapon!

4. Incorporating Paintings

Adding a splash of colour and personality to your studio can be as simple as hanging up a painting or two. Paintings aren’t just for the posh galleries; they’re a fantastic way to brighten up your space, reflect your personality, and even set the room’s mood.

T T F A S M O A BYou don’t have to fork out a high cost for a masterpiece if you’re living on a budget. There are plenty of affordable options out there. Local art markets, online stores, or even thrift shops can be gold mines for finding unique pieces that speak to you. You might even decide to whip out a brush and create your own – remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

When choosing a painting, consider your colour scheme. An artwork with similar tones can tie a room together, or a piece with contrasting colours can be a bold focal point. If you’ve got a few smaller pieces, why not create a gallery wall? It’s a great way to show off multiple pieces and start a conversation starter.

5. Choosing the Right Desk

A desk is a must-have item if your studio pulls double duty as a home office. But before you start worrying about it taking over your space, remember that so many options can work for you.

Consider a smaller corner desk. They’re designed to slot into spaces that other furniture items might not and still provide a good amount of workspace. Plus, a corner desk opens up floor space, giving you more room for additional seating, an area rug, or even a side table.

T T F A S M O A BWhen choosing your desk, consider it a complementary feature in the room. A desk in a colour that matches your overall colour scheme can blend seamlessly into the background. If you prefer a bit of contrast, choose a desk in a bold colour or one with a unique design that makes it stand out.

Don’t be afraid to decorate your desk, either. A small plant, a couple of favourite books, or some quirky desk accessories can make it feel like a part of your home, not just a workspace.

Remember, your studio is more than just a home office—it’s your space. Make it work for you.

6. Installing Light Fittings

Good lighting can make or break a space; your studio is no exception. Light fittings aren’t just functional – they can add a real “wow” factor to your studio and make it look larger. But you don’t need to spend big bucks to get a significant impact.

There are plenty of affordable light fittings out there that can add a bit of sparkle to your studio. Think about pendant lights or wall sconces. You could get crafty and DIY your light fitting from items like mason jars or wire baskets. It’s a great way to create a unique piece that fits your style and budget.

T T F A S M O A BConsider the type of light you want in your studio. Warm lighting can make the space feel cosy and inviting, while cooler lighting can help you focus if you use the studio as a home office. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different light fittings, either. A statement pendant light here, a subtle wall sconce there – it’s all about balance.

So, get creative with your light-fitting choices. You’ll be surprised at what a difference the proper lighting can make. Get rid of that old, dull light and let your studio shine!

7. Making Use of Shelves

Every square inch counts and that includes the walls. Shelves are a top-notch solution that offers functionality and decorative benefits – they’re the hardworking heroes of small spaces.

Shelves can be a lifesaver if your studio doubles as a home office. They’re perfect for storing books, office supplies, or tech gadgets. If you use your studio as a living space, shelves can hold everything from dishes to photo frames. They’re versatile and adaptable, just like a good mate should be.

T T F A S M O A BBut shelves aren’t just for storage. They’re also a fantastic stage for decorative displays. Create a mini gallery of your favourite photos or art pieces. Show off your prized figurines or travel souvenirs. Or, keep it simple with a few carefully chosen pieces that add a dash of personality without overwhelming the space.

You can even mix and match different types of shelves. Floating shelves for a modern look, industrial pipe shelves for a rustic touch, or colourful cube shelves for a playful vibe – the sky’s the limit!

So, don’t overlook that empty wall space – make it work for you with some well-placed shelves. They’re a practical, decorative, and budget-friendly way to make the most of your studio.

8. Adding Rugs

If you’re looking for a simple way to add warmth, colour, and texture to your studio, look no further than an area rug. These versatile pieces can anchor a space, define different areas within your studio, and inject a bit of your style into the decor.

Choosing an area rug that complements your studio’s colour scheme can tie the whole room together. If your colour palette is primarily neutral, a rug with a vivid pattern or bold colour can be a real eye-catcher. If you’ve already got a lot of colour going on, a rug in a neutral tone can add balance.

T T F A S M O A BRugs aren’t just about looks, though. They’re also efficient, especially if you want to avoid carpeting. A rug can protect your floor from scratches and stains, it’s easier to clean, and you can switch it out whenever you fancy a change.

Remember, the rug should be proportionate to the room. A rug that is too small can make the room feel disjointed, while a too big rug can overwhelm the space. As a rule of thumb, aim for a rug large enough for at least the front legs of your furniture to rest on it.

So, don’t underestimate the power of an area rug. It can transform your studio from drab to fab with minimal effort and cost.

9. Organising with Over-the-Door Organizers

When you’re living in a studio, every bit of storage counts. The humble over-the-door organiser is one easy, budget-friendly option that often gets overlooked. These handy tools are ace for managing clutter and maximising your space.

Over-the-door organisers were initially intended for shoe storage but are incredibly multi-functional. They can hold anything from kitchen utensils to office supplies to toiletries. This versatility makes them an excellent tool for helping you avoid clutter and keep your studio neat as a pin.

T T F A S M O A BBut these organisers aren’t just practical; they can also tie into your studio design. Choose an organiser in a colour that matches your decor for a cohesive look, or pick a bold pattern for a fun pop of colour. You could even DIY your organiser with fabric that matches your curtains or upholstery.

So, don’t knock the over-the-door organiser. It’s a budget-friendly, multi-functional, and stylish solution to help you keep your studio clutter-free.

10. Setting the Mood with Candles

Candles are so much more than just sources of light. They’re little mood-setters capable of transforming your studio into a cozy, inviting, and fragrant haven. Whether you’re after a romantic vibe, a calm atmosphere, or a fresh and clean scent, there’s a candle for that.

Beyond their mood-setting abilities, candles can also add to the decor of your studio. You can find candles that perfectly match your aesthetic with many designs, sizes, and colours. Want a rustic feel? Go for chunky pillar candles. For a modern look, opt for sleek, glass-encased candles.

T T F A S M O A BNow, let’s talk scents. Scented candles can make your studio smell like a blooming garden, a breezy beach, or a cozy winter cabin – the choice is yours. Be mindful of choosing scents you’ll enjoy over time, as some can become overwhelming in small spaces.

Safety is crucial when using candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended; keep them away from flammable items. Consider using a candle holder or a heat-resistant surface to protect your furniture.

Crafting Your Dream Studio: Style Meets Budget

Incorporating style and functionality into your studio doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve explored ten budget-friendly ideas, from adding personality with paintings and making clever use of shelves to choosing a suitable desk and adding warmth with area rugs. We’ve seen how over-the-door organisers can tame the clutter and how candles can set the mood. And let’s not forget the transformative power of light fittings and the versatility of area rugs.

These cost-conscious ideas ensure you can create a space that reflects your style without breaking the bank. You’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable and chic studio without stressing about the cost.

At Aarons Outdoor, we offer a range of studios that provide the perfect canvas for these decorating ideas. Whether you need a home office, an art studio, or a cozy retreat, our studios are the perfect backyard addition.

Ultimately, your studio is your space. Don’t be afraid to personalise it, experiment with different styles, and make it yours. After all, the best space is one which feels like home. Whether you’re working or relaxing, you deserve a studio that’s as unique and as wonderful as you are.

Discover our Home Office solutions

Work smarter, not harder with an Aarons Home Office

You have Successfully Subscribed!

african-thatch outdoor deck cover
We strive for 100% customer satisfaction.
If we fell short, please tell us more so we can address your concerns.

    Thank you!
    We need your help.

    Would you share your experience on one of these sites?


    Request a Call back

    Complete your details below and we will call you back

      Subscribe to our newsletter

      Download our Cubby Brochure

      Complete your details below to download our Cubby brochure

        Subscribe to our newsletter