7 Savvy Tips to Furnishing your House on a Budget
Moving into your first house is an exciting and momentous time, but once you’re in, you may find that you’re working with a very tight budget for furnishing and decorating your new space. Should you buy things bit by bit, take out a small loan or work with what you have? With mortgages, bills
Keep an eye on local Facebook groups for freebies and bargains
Join your local Buy and Sell groups on Facebook and keep your eye out for bargains or even free items. Whether they’re downsizing or upgrading to the next model, people often want to get rid of furniture from TVs to beds, sofas
Check out secondhand markets and car boot sales for hidden gems
The early bird catches the worm, they say. If you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort and make an early start at the weekend, find out where the nearest car boot sales are to you and make a day of it. You might come across some amazing items at really low prices, and negotiating is all part of the fun. If you spot something you like the look of, size it up properly and think about where it would fit in your house – don’t be tempted to get something just because of the low price or you’ll fill up your house with clutter. Spend some time brainstorming what you really need, room by room, and remember – less is more! Especially for furniture, check for faults, repairs and for fire safety information. You don’t want to bring a potential hazard
Use social media and online newsletters to hear about retailer’s latest deals
Maybe you’ve spotted a gorgeous sofa which would look just right in your living room, but it’s just over your budget. With a bit of patience and forward planning, you might just be able to get the perfect item at a lower price. Sign up to online newsletters for all the retailers you’re interested in – you’ll get all their latest discounts, deals and advance notice of any sales delivered straight to your inbox. Make sure you follow their social media accounts too as they often launch exclusive campaigns and competitions on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to increase their fanbase. Retailers have strategic seasonal sales throughout the year as well as flash sales – if you’re able to hold back until the right time, you could save a big chunk off the price of that sofa you’ve been eyeing up. Just for signing up, you’ll often be rewarded with a discount code of anything from 10-20% off your first purchase.
Don’t be tempted to panic buy!
It might seem overwhelming when you move into an almost empty house, but even
- Where will the item go?
- Does it
- Does it fit in with the style you’re aiming for?
- Will you still like it in a year?
If you have solid answers to these questions, by all means, go ahead and buy! If you’re wavering, you probably don’t need it, so why not save yourself some cash and skip it.
Grab some mates together and paint the house yourself
For some jobs, you’ll need to consider hiring a pro, but you can save money by painting the interior of your house yourself. A fresh lick of paint will really brighten the place up and you can choose the
Unleash your creativity by upcycling!
Whether it’s a chest of drawers given to you by an aunt or some dining chairs found at a car boot sale, you can bring new life to your furniture with some creativity. Make use of any talents you have like sewing, upholstery, painting, Decoupage or woodwork. A tired-looking wardrobe could be updated with a Scandi-style mural, or the dining chairs could be recovered with a fabric of your choice to complement your kitchen. If you’re not crafty, enlist a friend or relative’s help in exchange for a nice meal out or an evening’s babysitting!
Hire an interior designer (really)
This one might sound counter-intuitive, but it’s possible to hire an online interior designer for a reasonable price these days. If redecorating and furnishing from scratch seems overwhelming this might be the right choice for you. Not only will they be able to create a custom look that works to your budget,
So there you have our 7 simple (and sometimes surprising) tricks to furnishing your house on a tight budget. Follow these tips and you’ll soon have a