Quiz: Bedroom Decorating on the Cheap

By: Becky Striepe

Quiz: Bedroom Decorating on the Cheap
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About This Quiz

We spend a good part of our lives in the bedroom, so why not make that space somewhere you really want to be? Think you're a savvy, budget bedroom decorator? Test your knowledge with our quiz!
If you're planning to revamp your old bedroom curtains by dyeing them a new color, which of these can you use?
tumeric
blueberries
either of the above
Food-based dyes are healthier than chemical ones, and lots of deeply-colored herbs, fruits, and veggies work great to dye fabric naturally.

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What's the best way to paint a room?
Hire a painter.
Do it yourself.
Throw a painting party.
Bribe some friends with pizza and beer and have a painting party. It’s much faster than doing it by yourself and cheaper than hiring a professional painter.

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Which of these makes the best cheap drop cloth for painting?
a roll of craft paper
large towels from the thrift store
Large towels are the perfect size for a drop cloth, if you're painting in sections, and they won't tear like paper or allow paint to pool like plastic. Use three or four towels.
thin plastic

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What sort of tape is best when you're painting?
beige masking tape
blue masking tape
green masking tape
The green tape costs a bit more, but you'll save yourself time and touch-ups by shelling out for higher quality tape.

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True or false: You need a sewing machine to make a set of curtains.
True
False
You can use Stitch Witchery, a permanent iron-on adhesive, to hem curtains with no sewing at all.

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Where can you find the best bargains on bedroom furniture?
online
at the discount mall
at the thrift store
Second-hand furniture might need a coat of paint, some recovering, or a polish, but the price is right! Get to the thrift store and save some money.

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When you're painting a second-hand piece of furniture, what's the most important first step?
sanding
Sanding before you paint will make sure that your beautiful paint job doesn't peel and flake over time.
choosing the paint color
removing the hardware

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How many piles should you make when cleaning out your closet?
1
2
3
You need a pile for keeps (even if what you're keeping is going into a different room), a pile for trash, and a pile for donations.

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After you clean out your closet and dresser, how can you make sure it stays uncluttered?
Add some storage space to your room.
Organize your clothes, so everything has a place.
Because it will be easy to see what you already have in your well-organized closet and dresser, you'll be less likely to accidentally buy duplicate garments.
Find a room in the house where you can put “overflow” clothes.

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True or false: Custom wall art is too expensive.
True
False
Sure, store-bought art can get pricey, but with some stencils, and paint, you can whip up your own custom wall art on the cheap.

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When making custom art for your bedroom, what's important to keep in mind?
matching your color scheme exactly
how much wall space you have
Don't stress out about perfection or go for something that's too matchy – have fun with it! As long as the piece is the right size for your space, it's OK to experiment with colors and shapes.
creating the perfect art piece

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What is a wall decal?
a giant, removable sticker
If your landlord won't let you paint, you can spruce up your room with a removable wall decal. They come in all sorts of colors and designs, and you can even make your own.
another name for a stencil
something you put on your car

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What can you do with faded bedsheets?
Nothing; throw them out.
Make a dress to wear around the house.
Dye them and give them a new lease on life.
Sure, new sheets are fun, but you can make your bedroom over by giving your old sheets a new splash of color with fabric dye! Obviously lighter colored sheets work best for this.

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If you can't find furniture you like at the thrift store, where else can you hunt for good cheap bedroom furniture?
at IKEA
in the “as-is” section of department stores
The as-is section is often a treasure trove of bargains that just have tiny dings or nicks. Low-end stores will have cheap furniture but they won’t last long.
at Wal-Mart

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What is an accent wall?
the wall where all the knickknacks are displayed
the wall with the most windows
a single wall painted in a different color
If painting the whole room seems overwhelming, add a splash of color to the bedroom by painting a single “accent” wall in a color that really pops.

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What is an “heirloom piece?”
an antique
furniture you assemble yourself
furniture that is built to last
It may cost more up front to drop more on a nice nightstand or dresser, but you'll save money over time by not having to replace it over and over.

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Which of these wall colors is best in a bedroom?
red
yellow
blue
The bedroom is supposed to be a tranquil place, and blue is the most soothing color on this list.

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Which of these is a bedroom decorating faux pas?
white curtains
White curtains look very sweet, but they also let in daylight, which is a problem if you're trying to sleep in on the weekends.
mixing types of wood
mirrored closet doors

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How much does an average person sleep each day?
7.4 hours
8.7 hours
The average person sleeps for 8.3 hours every day. That's a lot of time to spend in one room!
9.2 hours

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What's a good color for your bedroom curtains?
a soothing pale green
rich, navy blue
Red is an energetic color, and pale curtains are going to let through too much daylight. Opt for soothing curtains that are dark enough to keep light out, so that you can snooze in peace!
vibrant red

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You Got:
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