We show you how you can make stylish update to your home on a budget. Whether you want to upgrade the shower in the bathroom, add a skylight to the bedroom or repair original Victorian hall tiles we have affordable ideas. Here is just a taster of our top 20 home upgrades for under £1000 we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.
Stairs are often the first thing you see when you walk in a house. Why not update shabby treads with a smart and stylish stair runner. Make a big impact by choosing a striped or bold coloured runner.
A fireplace is a wonderful focal point to any room. There are lots of cast-iron models at reasonable prices and a fireplace complements a contemporary or traditional décor perfectly.
Traditional features such as cornicing are truly invaluable and are often badly in need of some TLC. Often hidden by decades of paint, stripping it off can really bring out and make a feature of the period detail in the room.
You can never have too much storage space, so make the most of every inch with bespoke shelving. Have it fitted in whatever style and awkward sized space you desire, from alcoves, to tricky corners and every nook and cranny in-between.
You can transform your kitchen in an instant with an affordable worktop such as laminate, and a clever choice of tiles. Mirror expensive tiles on the market and choose ones that give the illusion of a high-cost design.
If you want a power shower but your water pressure is low and you dont have a combi boiler, we have a solution. Install a pump to increase water pressure and a thermostatic shower valve to maintain the temperature, and get the power in your shower youve always wanted.
Add high-gloss glass behind a colourful wall panel as a sleek alternative to bathroom tiles for a modern and chic update.
If you have a dark attic room or bathroom, off-the peg skylights are a relatively inexpensive architectural solution. It will instantly brighten any room and transform any space.
Big Old Doors stocks a range of modern and traditional designs, and creates bespoke models. It could make a door like this for £675, plus £180 installation. Delivery costs from £57.50 within the UK mainland.
Unlined curtain panels are easier to make than traditional curtains and, with no pleats to increase the amount of fabric you’ll need, you can go for more luxurious options.
cost for full-length curtains like these, allow 0.5m more than the full
drop measurement for hemming, and so the panels can pool at the bottom.
These 3m curtain panels are made in Pallandro Zinnia cotton (left), £45
per m, and Farnese Moss silk (right), £99 per m, both Designers Guild, who can also make the panels for £85 each.
Transform a kitchen in an instant with a smart new worktop and a tile design. Go for a simple worktop, like laminate, which is generally the cheapest, and choose bold tiles to create a striking display that will give the illusion of a high-cost design.
A custom-built worktop from IKEA (300 x 65 x 3.8cm) comes in at £808.40. Installation would cost around another £100. For a huge range of tile designs, visit Topps Tiles unbeatable range where they have tiles from £4.76 per m2.
If you’re searching for the perfect rug, but can’t find your dream design, don’t despair. Theres a whole host of companies who will help you create a rug or carpet to your exact specifications for less than you might expect.
offers a bespoke service, from design advice to manufacture.?Not only
can it create designs in a range of textures and finishes, it has 80
stock colours and can match any Pantone shade or colour samples you may
have. A 120 x 180cm rug would cost from £621.
Shutterly Fabulous can create shutters in any colour you like. Four full-height panels (as shown) including a home consultation, a 10 per cent custom-colour fee and installation would ring in at £1,000.
If your water pressure is low and you don’t have a combi boiler, your shower is probably less than invigorating. Installing a pump to increase the pressure and a thermostatic shower valve to maintain the temperature will improve it no end.
The supply and fit of a new pump should cost around £250, then £150 – £250 to fit the shower. Add on the cost of this Cardinal valve, riser and shower head by Bristan for £365.
You can never have too much storage, so make the most of every inch with bespoke alcove
shelving. It makes sense to have the shelves tailor-made to fit their
contents and create your own super-efficient library system.
The London Cabinet Company can construct alcove shelving like this, installed and painted, for £945.
As an architectural solution, off-the-peg skylights are a relatively inexpensive way to bring light into an otherwise gloomy area.
This skylight, Velux?s new flat-roof system, costs £494.50 for the fixed, non-opening solution, and should cost around £250?£350 for an experienced builder to install.
Encaustic tiles often have a layer of old polish, wax or ground-in grime on them that seriously detracts from their original charm. You might also have some that have broken or worked loose. Panic not, though, as professional cleaning can restore your floor to its former glory.
For £1,000, you can have an average hallway of around 6-8 sq m cleaned, any loose or damaged tiles repaired or replaced and the floor re-sealed with an appropriate product. London Mosaic provides a full range of restoration services.
Gaps around a typical single sash window can add up to the equivalent of a 6 sq in hole, so enlisting the help of an expert to repair your originals will dramatically improve their performance.
A window like this could be overhauled for £630, including sealing to put an end to rattling, draughts, dirt and noise seeping in and heat rushing out, new cords and weights, and new locks for added security ? all at a fraction of the cost of replacements. Contact The Sash Window Workshop for more details.
Update a vintage sofa bed with some funky new fabric or give a sentimental piece a new lease of life with neat new upholstery.
A typical two-seater sofa will require about 8m of fabric, so choose a design at around £40 per m for a spend of £320. If you aren’t confident about upholsterying yourself, Re-Upholstry provide services from £500.
The G series from Samsung has a twin cooling system, which allows the separate freezer and refrigerator compartments to be controlled and cooled independently, as well as an ice-cube dispenser and crusher, and a built-in water filter. This model is £999 at laskys.com, with free UK mainland delivery.
Stairs are often the first thing that visitors see when they come into your house, so why not update shabby treads with a stylish stair runner? It’s also a great place to indulge in some colour ? stripes like these can make a real impact without being too overwhelming.
This runner is custom made by Crucial Trading
in WS111 Wool Mississippi Stripe in Burgundy/Blue, and would cost £52
per sq m. With underlay, grippers and the fitting cost, expect to pay
£750 to fit a staircase like this.
Equally at home in a modern space as a period property, wall panelling hides a multitude of sins as well as adding interest to a featureless room. Choose the correct dimensions, and it can also be used to rebalance the proportions of an unusually shaped space.
The Wall Panelling Company can advise on all aspects of panelling and construct a feature wall like this in a beaded design for around £1,000.
As well as an eye-catching kitchen splashback, high-gloss glass is a sleek alternative to tiles in the bathroom. Easy to clean and with no grout to go grey, a colourful panel will add instant oomph to a shower area. Coloured glass can be pricey, so shop around.
Designer Glass Kent can create completely bespoke colours, and can supply and fit a panel like this for £795.
A fireplace is a real focal point in any room, and while a grand may not stretch to replacing an ornate marble surround, there are lots of cast-iron models at reasonable prices.
You can pick up a cute combination grate like this for as little as £400. Installation can vary, but if there is a bare wall with a hole it should be around £300, whereas if an unsuitable fireplace needs to be removed first, it could be up to £600. Lassco has a good range of grates and can also recommend fitters.
Original features are a real plus point, but sometimes they need a little TLC to restore them to their original splendour. Often, decorative cornicing is lost under decades of paint: by stripping it off, you can really bring out the period detail.
Although you can buy products to remove the layers yourself, you?ll need a set of goggles and lots of patience. Bring in the professionals, however, and you can get a 10 x 10ft room stripped back in a jiffy for less than £1,000. Call Cornice Cleaning, who can tackle the job for you.
Carpet in high-traffic areas of the home needn?t be confined to neutral shades ? think ice-cream colours for an on-trend look. Simply choose a wool blend for flooring that?s durable, soft underfoot and striking.
This Cathedral Lavender 80 per cent wool twist from Georgian Carpets is available at yourfloors.co.uk, from £30 per sq m. As the average UK room size is 16 sq m, the total would be £480 for carpet, with an additional £190?£240 for fitting and underlay.
Add greenery to your outdoor space with ultra-realistic artificial lawn.
LazyLawn has ten great styles to choose from, it costs £7.82 per sq m or £63 per sq m including fitting.
For more budget decorating ideas, see our tips on updating your bathroom on a budget and how to update your kitchen on a budget. For all the latest features, follow us on Twitter and join is on Facebook.