3 Ways to Furnish Your Home on the Cheap
When you first move into a new home it can be really tempting to start racking up debt on purchases such as new sofas, dining tables, fridge freezers or even smaller items such as curtains and rugs. If you turn to credit to buy these items then it can feel like you’re not really spending that much at all, until you have to start making the repayments that is!
Do you really need to spend this much, though, or is there another way? We think that there are several other ways to furnish your new home on the cheap but here are just 3 for you to consider.
Hunting for Freebies
Have you ever given an item of furniture away to a friend, family member or even to a complete stranger? I know that I have and you probably have too. This is because people are always changing or upgrading things in their home and often times people can’t be bothered with the hassle of having to sell them, or perhaps they just want to do a good deed by giving an item of furniture away to someone in need. These days, there are full websites like Freecycle on the web or even local groups on Facebook which specialise in connecting people who have free items to give away, with those who are looking to get hold of some free stuff. Don’t just assume that all of the items being given away will be rubbish either, as there are some really great freebies to be had if you keep looking on these sites regularly. You might need to hire a van or perhaps use a courier service such as Shiply to be able to move some larger items like furniture, for example, but you can still make big savings by kitting out your home this way. If you know someone with a van who wouldn’t mind giving you a hand, of course, then this would be even better!
Making Your Own Stuff
Making your own items of furniture might sound like a crazy idea at first, but you’d be surprised at how many people are starting to do just that. Quite a few of my friends have taken ideas from sites like Pinterest and made items of furniture out of things like old pallets or disused scaffolding boards which they’ve managed to pick up for free! If you take a little time to read or watch some online tutorials, then it is amazing how pretty much anybody can learn how to make fantastic looking pieces of furniture in basically no time at all. If you’re handy with a sewing machine then you can also pick up some cheap fabric and make your own curtains, cushion covers and other home accessories. If you’ve never sewn before then don’t panic, as a few YouTube videos could be all that you need to set you on your way in this area.
Making the most of What’s Already There
The first thing you may want to do when you move into your new place is to head to the carpet shop to look for some new carpets or laminate flooring, right? Do you really need to, though? Or are there some other options? Have you ripped up the old carpet yet, for example, to see what lies beneath it? You might discover that the floorboards are in good shape and are able to be sanded down and then varnished or painted. This could save you a lot of money on expensive flooring. Who knows, you might even stumble across some old parquet flooring that will make you the envy of your friends and family when they come to visit.
We can see then that furnishing a new home doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you are able to be a little bit inventive or don’t mind doing a little online research then there are plenty of areas where you can save money, perhaps by picking up some free stuff, or even by getting creative with what you have around you.
Do you have any tips for furnishing a home on the cheap?