Your room makeover is almost done. You thought you planned for everything and budgeted for all the big things, but it costs more than you think to go from furnished to finished.
It’s called budget creep. You won’t notice it right away, but quickly the little things start to add up. If you’re not careful, they will blow your budget and your room might sit unfinished indefinitely.
It’s natural to think the big ticket items are the ones that break the bank, but in reality it’s all the little things — the things you think are too small to plan for or assume will be covered by a lump sum — that bust your budget.
Those little items really matter, because to do it right, it takes a lot more little things than big things to go from a furnished room to a decorated room.
The five most often over-looked budget-busting culprits are:
- Curtain panels
- Decorative pillows
You should always plan for all your decorating costs. Don’t assume the little things can be covered by money left over after you buy the big things. It rarely works out.