When it comes to modern interior design, one term you may hear used to describe many different things from architecture to pieces of furniture, is Mid-Century Modern. It is so common that often it starts to lose the true meaning of the word. We are going to go over a brief history and description of the Mid-Century Modern design and how you can create your very own Mid-Century Modern Bedroom on a budget.
What Is Mid-Century Design?
When any aesthetic makes big waves in popularity, often companies and brands will label just about anything with the term. Making “Mid-Century Modern” plastered all over many pieces of furniture or décor that truly does not encapsulate the style. This can make determining what it is a bit confusing. Which leads to the question, what is Mid-Century Modern Design?
Mid-Century Modern is an American design movement that was popular during the 1940s-1960s. During this design movement interior, furniture, and architectural design took on a sleek modern aesthetic. Focusing on clean curved lines and simple shapes taking the focus of the design.
Mid-Century Modern Bedroom – Design vs Budget:
We are going to share with you two different bedroom designs that feature the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. The first will have designer brands and luxury pieces of furniture.
Some of which will feature classic pieces like the Eames chair and ottoman from Herman Miller. The other will be a mid-century modern bedroom on a budget, where we take the look and feel of the designer bedroom and attempt to replicate it with cost effective pieces.
Mid-Century Modern Designer Bedroom:
This version of the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom is full of designer and luxury brand furniture. These top of the line designs are stunning and create a modern chic bedroom that will look and feel great for many years to come. Many of these pieces will even turn into heirlooms as their design is classic and they are built to stand the test of time.
Herman Miller Nelson Thin Edge Bed – $4,495.00 Click to Shop
Herman Miller Eames Chair & Ottoman – $5,295 – $8,495 Click to Shop
West Elm x Pottery Barn Teen Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser, Acorn, In-Home – $1,099 Click to Shop
West Elm – Penelope Nightstand – $399 Click to Shop
RH Bates Table Lamp – $595 Click to Shop
Prices subject to change.
Total Cost: $15,083
Looking for make you room feel expensive, even while shopping on a budget? Check out our post: Creating An Expensive Feeling Bedroom
Mid-Century Modern Budget Bedroom:
While we love the look and feel of the designer mid-century modern bedroom, we wanted to create a version that looks great at an attainable price. The following are the pieces we chose to create a comparable look and feel to the designer version, except with a much more affordable price. Giving you a mid-century modern bedroom on a budget.
Hartford Arched Queen Size Walnut Wooden Headboard – $512.49 – Click to Shop Overstock.com
Strick & Bolton Berman Black Lounge Chair and Ottoman – $345 – Click to Shop Overstock.com
Alpine Flynn Mid-century 7-drawer Dresser – $684 – Click to Shop Overstock.com
Naja Mid-Century Wood End Table by Christopher Knight Home – Walnut Finish – $59 – Click to Shop Overstock.com
Ella 20.7″ Dome Metal with Marble Base LED Table Lamp, Gold/White by Jonathan Y – $115 – Click to Shop Overstock.com
Prices subject to change.
Total Cost: $1,203
Potential Savings: $13,880
Total Savings on the Budget Bedroom:
If you go with the top of the line options from our designer bedroom look, you have the potential to save $13,880 dollars! While many of these prices have the potential to change, this will always be a huge savings!
Even if you go for one of the less expensive Eames chair designs, you would still save over ten thousand dollars with our budget options.
Allowing you to continue designing the rest of your home with money to spare. Keep reading to get more tips on how you can design your mid-century modern bedroom on a budget.
Tips for Saving Money on Mid-Century Modern Design
Avoid Brand Name Furniture Pieces:
Often times Mid-Century Modern design is synonymous with luxury designer brands. While these pieces are often viewed as American made finer statement pieces, like the Herman Williams Eames chair, or the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen. Buying these items new or even used can set you back thousands and thousands of dollars.
There are so many gorgeous replicas as well as cheap furniture pieces that have the look of Mod-Century Modern designer pieces, without the high price tag.
While most of the designer pieces are made in America, and it is always recommended to shop locally and support the American economy and design first and foremost, it will be more expensive.
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Know The Look and Keep Your Eyes Open:
One of the reason name brands are so pricey is because you can always find exactly the look and feel of a piece you want. When it comes to finding good deals on furniture, often you need to know what you are looking for and keep your eyes out for great deals.
Shopping at places like Overstock.com and Home Goods means there is limited stock and color options for the pieces that are out there. Which means it may take more time to find something you like at a price you are willing to pay. The wait is often worth it, so keep your eyes peeled.
Shop Used & Vintage Items:
Another great way to save money is to buy your furniture used. Facebook marketplace, garage sales, estate sales, Craig’s List, Good Will, and other places like these are great for getting good deals. If you are lucky and know what you are looking for, you may even be able to find designer pieces for extreme discounts.
When hunting for specific pieces, try to use generic terms instead of brand names. This will help you find pieces of furniture that a better discounted price. Once someone labels something “vintage Herman Miller Eames chair” they know what their item is worth and will not be willing to go down on price. Instead search for things like “black leather chair and ottoman” You will have to search longer and harder for the piece you are looking for, however this is how you can potentially find great deals.
Wait for Sales & Discount Codes:
If you are hooked on getting a name brand designer piece, if you are willing to wait and do some searching you could save yourself a lot of money. Sales and discount codes are rare for these kinds of items, but they can be found. Even something as small as a 10% off code could save you hundreds of dollars.
Mix Together Statement Pieces with Neutral Cost Savers:
Anytime you are looking to make a statement with your design, while adhering to a strict budget we have a major tip for you. Choose a few select statement pieces of furniture that have a large impact on the style you are going for. Headboards, art pieces, funky lamps, and chairs are all a great way to do this. You can even choose to spend a little extra on these pieces in order to really make a statement, as these pieces will set the tone for the room.
Then with the rest of your furniture you can go a little more neutral and pick pieces that will save you a lot of money. This way you are getting more bang for your buck. These statement pieces will draw the eye and set the tone for the rest of the bedroom. These higher end pieces of furniture will elevate the look and feel of the bedroom, making other more cost effective pieces look more expensive.
Mid-Century Modern Bedroom on a Budget – Final Thoughts:
If you are on a tight budget, we hope that our tips and product recommendations give you some ideas on how you can create a Mid-Century Modern bedroom on a budget. If you really have your hopes on some expensive name brand pieces, try waiting for sales and look for promo codes first. You can also find great deals for these items on resale.
Another great way to save money is to choose a few statement pieces to elevate the space and then use cheaper furniture pieces to tie everything together. Overall you can create a gorgeous mid-century modern bedroom on a tight budget. You don’t have to break the bank in order to create a stunning space.
We would love to see your Mid-Century Modern bedroom design! If you decorate your bedroom, email us through our Contact Us page and send us pictures. You can also ask us any questions you may have, we would love to help out in any way we can.