Monday, 8 September 2014

Best ways to Inexpensively Furnish your Home


You don’t need to spend a fortune in order to have great furniture. There are loads of ways to furnish your home for less. Here’s how to go about it.

Up-cycle

It’s no longer about just recycling these days, but about taking unwanted items and either enhancing their quality or using them for a different purpose than what they were designed for (e.g. wall-mounting old bicycle handlebars as coat and hat racks). There are so many different things you can come up, you’re really only limited by your imagination. If you like the rustic look and want to introduce some quirky or funky elements to your place, this is a great way to go about it. Up-cycling is a great way to achieve a totally unique look in your home and you won’t have the guilt of adding more rubbish to landfill. For more great interior design ideas, you can always check out display homes from home builders such as Coral Homes.

Shop second-hand

There are unbelievable savings to be made by buying second-hand furniture. Make sure you shop around as some people expect far too much for their items, while others might even offer things for free as they just want them gone. If you’re searching online, see if you can set up and save a search, so that you automatically get email notifications whenever new items matching your description are listed for sale.

Swap your stuff

Swapping is becoming increasingly popular and there are now a bunch of swapping websites dedicated to linking people who want to swap their items with other people. Also, ask around your circle of family and friends and see if anyone is up for exchanging things.

Discount furniture

Affordable furniture doesn’t necessarily mean cheap and nasty. There are a number of discount furniture outlets out there who offer quality furniture at very reasonable prices. This is usually because they can buy in bulk and pass on the savings to you. You can choose just one or two pieces of furniture or buy entire dining, bedroom or outdoor suites. This is a great way to save money, especially if you want to direct your money towards owning your own home.

Op shops and markets

This is a great way to pick up some funky vintage and retro pieces to add some flair and originality to your furniture collection. By shopping at second-hand stores and markets, you can often pick up an absolute bargain.

Restore and re-upholster

You can breathe new life into old and damaged pieces by stripping, sanding and either staining or painting them with exciting, modern colours that really make a statement. If you’ve got a tatty old sofa, don’t throw it out. Pay a visit to a restoration company and take a look at some of the stunning colours and patterns now available in upholstery fabrics.

Furnishing your home doesn’t need to cost a small fortune. Just use a bit of creative thinking and employ some of the methods above to make your house feel like home for less.


Do you do any of these? Do you have any hints or tips?



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18 comments:

  1. What a great post, and it is very important to do this. Wish it was published last week I would have promoted it as part of Zero Waste Week.

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  2. It the past I have reupholstered furniture. I must admit as you can buy things so cheaply in Ikea these days I don't do it anymore but I should!

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  3. This is such a great post, I love going to like Vintage markets and seeing that sort of pieces you can get. I do buy alot from places like Ikea and Matalan cause they are so cheap to begin with! xo

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  4. It can be so hard to find furniture that is nice looking and not expensive! Thanks for this post and I will certainly be re-investigating freecycling!

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  5. I upcycled a little set of shelves from TK Maxx - I stuck some wallpaper on the draws to match my room and stripped the pain off the handles. It now goes perfectly and was such a bargain.

    Gems x

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  6. Also, don't rule out getting stuff repaired. We are having a sofa fixed as it is such a lovely one

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  7. I have a bookcase in the house which matches our other furniture but cost just £20 from the local charity shop. My father actual thought we had moved the other one to a different position.

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  8. Great tips - you don't have to spend a fortune to furnish a house

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  9. I love free-cycle for some projects to update.

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  10. I am just about to upcycle a big chest of draws for Baby's new room x

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  11. I am a big fan of up cycling and use sites such as free cycle

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  12. Good tips , we have been swoping some stuff around in our rooms .x

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  13. I have a lot of hand-me-downs and upcycled items. I try to get something that I really like, little by little. And be happy with the other things meanwhile.

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  14. Some great tips thanks. We are great fans of upcycling. This weekend we made an old bed into a table for the girls room, it looks fab and is totally unique and more importantly it was free!

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  15. I love the idea of upcycling and making use of what you already have - a great post.

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  16. Great tips! I'm so rubbish at this stuff, wish I could make a table out of a bed like Louisa

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  17. We love upcycling here - just need to find more time to finish my projects!

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  18. Some great tips...I'm really into vintage furniture - so much more character.

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