100 Affordable Home Decor Pieces for Under $100

by M.E. Gray
100 affordable furniture and home decor pieces - each for under $100
Source: Target

When it comes to making design changes in your home, you don't want to spend more money than you need to - especially on the accent pieces. The cost of details add up fast if you aren't being mindful of the price tag. However, affordable furniture and home decor is out there - if you know where to look. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite affordable furniture and home decor items, each coming in under $100 each. From rugs to accent chairs, you'd be surprised how far a Benjamin will take you.              

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IKEA Marius Stool Gets a Woodsy Makeover

by DIY Maven
IKEA Marius stool
Photo: IKEA

At $4.99 US, IKEA's Marius stool must be one of the least expensive pieces of furniture that the retailer sells. With that in mind check out this project that elevates the lowly stool to new heights, thanks to a chunk of tree stump. The tutorial couldn't be easier. Take the Marius  apart and reassemble/attach the legs to the chunk of stump. Okay, it's a little more involved than that, but I'll let Burkatron explain that.

Marius stool after
Photo: burkatron.

 

DIY Wooden Stool IKEA Hack [burkatron.]

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Round Up: Spool Tables for Everyone!

by DIY Maven

Round Up: Spool Tables for Everyone!

Spool tables have been catching my eye lately. Because most are multi-functional--they can be used as stools too--they're great additions to smaller spaces. The first spool table I was introduced to was probably the same one you were: the Eames Walnut Stool by Herman Miller. The 13" round, 16" high beauty

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Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

by Capree K

Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

One huge trend as of late has been nature-inspired furniture and decor, especially log stools and side tables: they're Scandinavian, rustic, and modern all at once, which may explain some of the allure.  I've seen them all over the Internet and from just about every online retailer.  The problem is, most of these bad boys cost a ridiculously pretty penny and I'm willing to bet you could DIY them for a whole lot less.  

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Karim Rashid's Molar Furniture

by DIY Maven

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Karim Rashid, the mind behind Method packaging, has teamed up with XO to give us a new furniture grouping that looks very much like their names imply. Bite Me and Baby Bite have roots for legs. The Baby Bite's shape enables you to fit it into another, like puzzle pieces, turning them into stools or side tables. They might not appeal to your tastes,

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Ottoman Umpire

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Ottoman Umpire

It should come as no suprise that this blogger loves to design ottomans. Shapes, designs, colors, legs, frames, etc., they can really snazz up a room. Every room needs a splash of upholstered art, and ottomans can do that on so many levels. You've got fabric, pattern, color, texture, leg shape, stain or paint and the basic ottoman design. That's a clean homerun in the design department.  

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

Let's get started-

what you need:

sewing machine

zipper foot

fabric

foam for cushion

scissors

batting

stuffing

zipper

what you do:

1. using old cushion cover, foam cushion, template or measurements, trace cushion pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric

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2. cut out boxing long enough to go around cushion front and two short sides, the back piece will be the zipper piece

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This cushion measured 40" x 30" x 5".  The front piece of boxing was cut from a width of fabric measureing 54" x 6".   The front piece wrapped around the sides 7" on each side.  1/2" will be lost to a seam allowance on each side.  Two additional pieces measuring 25" x 6" were stitched on both short ends of the front boxing piece.  It's better to have a little extra than not enough.

3. stitch both short boxing strips to either end of the front boxing

4. stitch zipper boxing to one end of zipper boxing

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5. cut notches to mark center points of top and bottom of cushion cover, center of long boxing piece and center of zipper piece as guides when pinning and sewing pieces together

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6. with raw edge of cording lip lined up with raw edge of cushion top piece, starting in middle of one long side, stitch cording on top piece all the way around

7. at corners, snip lip of cording to allow cording to turn corner, keep stitching close to cording

8. when coming around to start point, cut cording at a point approximately two inches beyond start of stitched down cording

9. open stitching up about 1 1/2 inches, snip off cording at the point where it butts up to other cording end

10. fold fabric back and under, encasing other end of cord and stitch down

TIP:   See: Curbly's How-To Reupholster Round Bar Stools for a photo of finishing the cord ends

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11. stitch cording to both top and bottom pieces

12. aligning notches on cushion top piece and long boxing piece, pin boxing to cushion top, right side to right side

13. match notch on zipper boxing piece to notch on back of cushion top, pin corners to corners, pin all the way around and stitch

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 TIP: Always stitch with the smaller piece placed on top of the larger piece

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14. anticipating where the open boxing end will meet the open zipper boxing end, pin and stitch together so that boxing is continuous all the way around the cushion

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15. pin the cushion bottom piece exactly the same way as the top, matching notches and corners to keep cushion straight

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16. turn right side out

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17. get foam ready to stuff in to cushion cover

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18. scrunching and wrestling with the foam cushion, insert it into cushion cover

19. work the foam around, adjusting cushion cover to make the cushion look uniform and smooth

20. use extra stuffing in corners to fill out cushion (every upholsterer does this)

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21. zip up the back and enjoy your new skill

TIP:  Sometimes there is a little extra between the zippe and the foam, in that case, cut a strip of batting to fill in the extra space. 

Start fabric shopping for all the new cushions you will make this Spring.

It gets easier every time you do it.

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Stack o' Magazines Stool

by DIY Maven

Stack o' Magazines Stool

You know how it is. This month's magazines are piled up because you still haven’t read the ones from last month...and maybe even the month before that. And if you subscribe to weeklies (damn you The New Yorker!) you might have an even bigger problem. Have no fear. Now you can let those mags pile up and not feel guilty. Hey, with Arik Levy’s Stool Strap, you might even feel fashionable. Props to Arik for the design, but you could just buy some...

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How To Reupholster Your Round Bar Stools

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/13/08

AFTER

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BEFORE  

Some of the bar stools you pick up at Target or Wal-Mart in a weak moment are soooo cheap.  Instead of discarding this piece of manufactured junk, just reupholster it with nifty fabric and keep it in your DIY shop.  I use the same techniques to recover expensive round bar stools for clients.

This EASY round stool re-do took only two hours.  I found this GIRLY DIY fabric at a quilt shop and it cost 6.99 a yard.  It's not heavy duty upholstery weight fabric but it is SO cute.

gather:

3/4 yard of fabric

1/4 yard of ruffle fabric, if you want

1 scrap of dacron large enough to fit top of stool

spray adhesive

sewing machine

pins

scissors

stapler

staple gun

flat head screwdriver for staple removing

crescent pliers to pull staples out

begin:

1.  Lift and remove staples and pull off old covering

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2. Now you spray adhesive on the base since the stool is so cheap the foam isn't secured in place.

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3.  Measure finished width of band or boxing and add 1 1/2" for seam allowance and "pull" under seat.  The pull allows you to grab a hold and pull evenly and smoothly before stapling in place.

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4. Lay old cover on piece of dacron, trace around it, cut it out and lay dacron on wrong side of your cover fabric, trace around the dacron piece and add 1/2" for seam allowance and trace again, or just eyeball that extra 1/2" beyond the dacron, mark it  and cut your top fabric circle out. Spray top of foam with adhesive and adhere dacron circle for added cushioning.

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5.  Cut out your band or boxing strip and you're ready to sew.

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6.  The finished width of a pre-made trim I had on hand measured  1" so I measured my blue oxford cloth fabric in 2" strips, pinned and stitched the ends together and then folded it in half, lengthwise and "ruffled" it while I was stitching by just scrunching it up right before it went under the needle.

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7. When I got to the end, I folded the unfinished short end under forming a finished fold, and kind of neatly stuffed the other end inside then I stitched it all down.

Right in the center of the picture one end is tucked inside the other.

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8.  You can either stitch your ruffle down at this point or if you're confident, lay the band or boxing on top of the ruffle, all "raw" edges should be aligned.  The top piece will be the boxing, then the ruffle and then the right side of your circle. Pin boxing down to avoid slipping or VERY CAREFULLY begin stitching with a 1/2" seam allowance and maneuver the boxing as you curve around the circle.  You'll be trying to keep your stitching at 1/2", keep the raw edge of the boxing even with the other raw edges and carefull turn the whole circle until you get to the end.  Now fold back one side of the boxing and overlap the boxing coming from the other side all the way over and stitch down. 

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9.  Clip seam allowance to 1/4" to eliminate bulkiness.

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10.  Turn right side out, Place on top of stool and measure down from ruffle where the edge should be stapled.  Chalk that measurement all the way around.  Center top, make sure the pattern is straight.

If you notice, I didn't straighten my pattern with the legs so it's a little catty wampus (sp?)

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You may have this style:

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This fabric is fun and appropriate for my DIY studio.  If doing your bar stools or kitchen stools, you can use plain fabric, or vinyl or, if you're really brave, leather.  The steps are the same for a cutesy studio stool and true bar stools.

VIA

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How To Reupholster Your Round Bar Stools

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/13/08

AFTER

created on: 03/13/08

BEFORE  

Some of the bar stools you pick up at Target or Wal-Mart in a weak moment are soooo cheap.  Instead of discarding this piece of manufactured junk, just reupholster it with nifty fabric and keep it in your DIY shop.  I use the same techniques to recover expensive round bar stools for clients.

This EASY round stool re-do took only two hours.  I found this GIRLY DIY fabric at a quilt shop and it cost 6.99 a yard.  It's not heavy duty upholstery weight fabric but it is SO cute.

gather:

3/4 yard of fabric

1/4 yard of ruffle fabric, if you want

1 scrap of dacron large enough to fit top of stool

spray adhesive

sewing machine

pins

scissors

stapler

staple gun

flat head screwdriver for staple removing

crescent pliers to pull staples out

begin:

1.  Lift and remove staples and pull off old covering

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2. Now you spray adhesive on the base since the stool is so cheap the foam isn't secured in place.

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3.  Measure finished width of band or boxing and add 1 1/2" for seam allowance and "pull" under seat.  The pull allows you to grab a hold and pull evenly and smoothly before stapling in place.

created on: 03/13/08

4. Lay old cover on piece of dacron, trace around it, cut it out and lay dacron on wrong side of your cover fabric, trace around the dacron piece and add 1/2" for seam allowance and trace again, or just eyeball that extra 1/2" beyond the dacron, mark it  and cut your top fabric circle out. Spray top of foam with adhesive and adhere dacron circle for added cushioning.

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5.  Cut out your band or boxing strip and you're ready to sew.

created on: 03/13/08

6.  The finished width of a pre-made trim I had on hand measured  1" so I measured my blue oxford cloth fabric in 2" strips, pinned and stitched the ends together and then folded it in half, lengthwise and "ruffled" it while I was stitching by just scrunching it up right before it went under the needle.

created on: 03/13/08

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7. When I got to the end, I folded the unfinished short end under forming a finished fold, and kind of neatly stuffed the other end inside then I stitched it all down.

Right in the center of the picture one end is tucked inside the other.

created on: 03/13/08

8.  You can either stitch your ruffle down at this point or if you're confident, lay the band or boxing on top of the ruffle, all "raw" edges should be aligned.  The top piece will be the boxing, then the ruffle and then the right side of your circle. Pin boxing down to avoid slipping or VERY CAREFULLY begin stitching with a 1/2" seam allowance and maneuver the boxing as you curve around the circle.  You'll be trying to keep your stitching at 1/2", keep the raw edge of the boxing even with the other raw edges and carefull turn the whole circle until you get to the end.  Now fold back one side of the boxing and overlap the boxing coming from the other side all the way over and stitch down. 

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9.  Clip seam allowance to 1/4" to eliminate bulkiness.

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10.  Turn right side out, Place on top of stool and measure down from ruffle where the edge should be stapled.  Chalk that measurement all the way around.  Center top, make sure the pattern is straight.

If you notice, I didn't straighten my pattern with the legs so it's a little catty wampus (sp?)

created on: 03/13/08

created on: 03/13/08

You may have this style:

created on: 03/15/08

This fabric is fun and appropriate for my DIY studio.  If doing your bar stools or kitchen stools, you can use plain fabric, or vinyl or, if you're really brave, leather.  The steps are the same for a cutesy studio stool and true bar stools.

VIA

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