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20 home improvements on a budget

Ideal Home magazine gives 20 ideas to transform your house with £s to spare! We summarise here with 10 but read the full article at here.

#1 Replace the front door

Important to make a good first impression - Big Old Doors make impressive doors from £600-800.

#2 hang dramatic curtains

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.

The 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 are £45
per m, and Farnese Moss silk are £99 per m, both Designers Guild, who can also make the panels for £85 each.

#3 Kitchen Tiles

Choose bold tiles to create a striking display that will give the illusion of a high-cost design. For a huge range of tile designs, visit Topps Tiles unbeatable range where they have tiles from £4.76 per m2.

#4 Design a bespoke rug

Bughetti 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.

#5 Hang chic shutters

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.

#6 Upgrade your shower

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.

#7 Install alcove shelving

The London Cabinet Company can construct alcove shelving like this, installed and painted, for £945.

#8 Add a skylight

Off the peg skylights are relatively inexpensive - per unit around £500 to buy, £300 to install.

#9 Lay a stylish stair runner

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.

#10 Lay on-trend carpet

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.


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