10 Top Tips For Furnishing a New Home For Less
10 Top Tips for Furnishing a New Home For Less
Need to furnish your new home but have spent all your savings on the deposit? No need to worry we have some top tips on how furnishing your home can be done on even the tightest of budgets.
1) Friends and Family
Friends and family will always be there to help you out and what better time to call upon them than when you have a home with zero furniture. Send out a mass text to all those cousins, uncles and aunts that you only see a couple of times a year, usually at Easter and Christmas, and see if they have anything that they no longer need that they could give you. If you have a big family even better, you may be able to furnish your home with just this tip! As annoying as it can be to some people you should also put a cheeky little Facebook status out there and see whether any of your friends have anything that could help. The more people you ask the more people that can possibly help, no begging though!
Family and friends can help you furnish your new home, the furniture may be old but it's FREE!
2) Charity Shops
Charity shops aren't just great places to pick up some furnishing bargains they are also working for some great causes and every pound you spend will go to help these causes. Charity shops can be full of furnishing ideas and their stock is always changing. There are smaller charity shops that could have things like dinning sets, cutlery, mirrors and soft furnishings and then there are some bigger charity shops that specialise in larger items of furniture such as wardrobes, tables and sofa's. You can find your nearest charity shops at Charity Retail Association and British Heart Foundation . You can also use the furniture re-use network.
Remember every pound you spend at a charity shop will help support some great causes.
3) Boot Sales
You may have to sacrifice your Sunday lay in for this one but it could be well worth it. You can pick up second hand furniture for your new home and pay next to nothing. If you wait till later in the day you can get some of the bigger, bulkier items for even less as people do not want to take them all the way back home. Don't forget to negotiate on every purchase to save even more. If it is listed for a pound offer 50p. You can easily kit out your new home with such a variety of items for sale at these boot sales. You can use Car boot Junction or Car boot sales to find boot sales in your local area.
All sorts can be found at a car boot sale.
4) Online Bargain Hunting
Everyone loves finding a bargain and bargains aren't just found in stores but also online, you just need to know where to look. eBay is brilliant for finding cheap furniture, just search for 'furniture' and filter the results so they are within a sensible distance and see what is going cheap. Over the years we have found loads of bargains on ebay, a walnut display cabinet for 99p, a king-size bedframe for £20 and a set of three kid canvas's for £1.02. If you know specifically what you are looking for you can also take advantage of people misspelling their listings by using Fat Fingers, a great tool to find those hidden listings that are spelt wrong. Online bargains aren't just limited to Ebay you can also find bargains on Gumtree, sometimes people list bigger furniture items for FREE so keep your eye out, there is a whole section on Freebies. Shops like Argos and Ikea also have inexpensive furniture and appliances in their sales and clearances. If you are buying bigger items and need an ebay courier service you can get free quotes with HandyVan.
You can even find FREE furniture for your house online.
5) Auction Houses
Just like eBay works online you can also get bargains from a physical auction house. Auction houses will auction furniture, appliances and stock from companies that have gone bankrupt. There are some bargains to be had, just make sure you know how much you are paying for an item as most auction houses will charge a commission on top of the sale price which you will have to pay. Be sure that you have a big enough vehicle as you don't want to be left with an item that is too big for your car. You can arrange delivery of furniture items with HandyVan if needed. To find local auction houses check out Auction Sale Finder and Auction Zip
You can find some job lots at auction houses which can help furnish a whole room.
6) Newspaper Classifieds
You will be surprised but there are still people out there that read the local newspaper. There is always a classified section and these can turn up some potential bargains. You can even place your own classified in the Wanted section to see what kind of response you get from the local community.
Check the classifieds in the newspaper for potential bargains.
7) Skip Diving
If you are feeling really adventurous you could do some 'skip diving'. People will throw almost anything in to a skip, if you're brave enough to have a scrummage you could find some real gems. Also keep your eye out for items of furniture that have been left outside of people's houses, often with notes on saying 'free to a good home' or 'take me please'. After all one man's rubbish is another man's treasure.
Try a little skip diving to find some freebies.
8) Recycle and Reuse
If you can't find the type of furnishings that you want why not try and turn what you do have into what you want. You can take bits and bobs from the furniture and furnishing that you have and reuse them to create something different, something unique, something more... you. Either by upcycling them in style or creating quirky new furnishings. You can look for inspiration at UpcycleThat and D.I.Y Furniture Hacks
Upcycling and transforming old items can look unique.
9) Social Media
Social media is used by so many people now that it can be used as a resource for anything. Apart from putting a status out to your friends and family to entice them into giving you free or cheap furniture you can also use the buy and sell groups on Facebook. You can search for local groups and find all sorts of items for cheap, on some occasions you can find free stuff. There is now the Facebook Marketplace where you can find even more stuff for sale.
Facebook can be a great source to find bargains in your local area.
10) Factory Outlets and Discount Stores
Since the introduction of factory outlets and discount stores people can benefit from cutting out the middle man and making a saving on many goods. These outlets and stores are often a lot cheaper than the high street shops and if they are having a sale or a clearanace you can save even more. Shops like the Factory Shop and the Range are ideal for finishing off the furnishing of your new home as is Choice. Lots of nice looking inexpensive items and trinkets to make your new home feel like home and not cost the earth.
Grab a bargain at a factory outlet.