Home improvements aren’t just projects that involve a wood, hammer, and nails. Any project that makes your house more comfortable, beautiful, or functional is a home improvement—and we have 17 smart ideas for under $200.
Bye-bye, ’80s paneling
You don’t have to shell out a lot of money to remove paneling, simply update it with a fresh coat of paint. “One home I did could have been used as a set of Stranger Things. A splash of white paint livened it up and made it seem twice as big,” says interior designer Beatrice Noboaczky of Beatrice Interiors. These are the 12 home improvements you should never tackle yourself.
Transform your bed
A headboard gives your bed the visual focal point it deserves, and it makes it more comfortable for reading or watching TV. You have a couple of options here for under $200: Assemble one from a retailer like IKEA or get a little more creative. “An old quilt, linens, or any large piece of fabric can be used for a headboard or wall hanging,” says Noobaczky. Sew on plastic rings or, for a no-sew option, use curtain clip rings. Attach the rings to the top of fabric every 8 to 12 inches, depending on the weight of the fabric. Then hang them from a decorative curtain rod on the wall behind the bed.