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3 easy steps to furnish your entire house for under £200!
Need to furnish your new home but haven’t got the budget? No need to panic. We show you how to deck out your entire home with all the trimmings for less than £200 – actually for only £143.37 (which leaves you just over £50 to add your own special touches).
- Step-by-step guide
- Free or cheap goodies
- Waste not, want not
- Other ways to save
- The Moneymagpie home
We should mention here that while your home will be furnished, you should leave your WAG aspirations at the door now. We are not talking about getting three designer pieces and sitting on the floor. This house is furnished with every household essential that you would need to live comfortably, right down to your bathroom bin and table lamp.
So where do you begin when you’re looking for stuff?
Step 1: Grab the freebies
All great hunts should begin at Gumtree. It’s a fantastic place to start when looking for free stuff. Yup, free! You can snatch up dining room tables, beds, futons, sofas – basically anything and everything can be found on this site. All for just the inconvenience of having to pick up the items yourself, which if you don’t have a car may be a bit tricky, but still well worth the effort.
Make sure that you see the articles before carrying them home. Try to only commit to picking up items that you’ve already seen a picture of online. Most postings do have an image so avoid the dodgy ones.
If you’re asking why are people giving away their stuff for free, the answer is simple: most people just want the stuff out of their house without having to pay to have it thrown away. They also don’t want the hassle of getting rid of it themselves. So you come along, take it off their hands and keep it. You need to be quick if you’re sourcing things from Gumtree, especially with the freebies. Blink and they’re gone!
Want more freebies? Join your local Freecycle group. This is a grassroots global organisation that joins together people who have free things to give away, with those wanting free stuff. The idea being if we swap and share then we aren’t filling landfills up with unwanted items.
Another great free site is Snaffleup. It works in the same way as Freecycle, but you don’t have to sign up to browse around, so it’s much easier. The search engine shows postcodes so you can pick items that are close to you. Once you’ve signed up, the search is even prioritised by postcodes in your area.
Nabbing free things that people no longer want is not so outrageous. Be quick and get yourself some goodies without spending a penny, because if you don’t there are plenty of people who’d like to beat you to it.
Step 2: Hunt down the cheapies
While on Gumtree look up the house clearance section where you will find loads of people desperate to just sell off the things they no longer want. Especially now with so many people downsizing – they want to get rid of stuff fast. Buy a double bed with mattress for £25! Or a TV for £15!
You can also shop at some great stores that offer deals on household items. Particularly cheap are IKEA and Argos. While the stuff may be rather basic, when put together correctly they really do create a very polished and clean look. Also, a few pretty accessories will make a big difference – if you can get the bigger items on the cheap you’ll have enough left over to buy some attractive bits and pieces to pull the look together and make your pad look fantastic!
Step 3: Save and stay chic!
Check out our newly-furnished house below. We completely furnished every room and all these goodies come up to less than £150!
By combining free used items with some brand new ones from shops you can easily furnish your house. However, if you want to spend even less or are keen to make a bit of a treasure hunt out of furnishing your home there are other great sites and stores you can visit.
Swapit is a great place to get free or cheap things, but you also have the added advantage of getting rid of all those things you may not want anymore. On this site, not only do you get to swap for new goodies, but you also earn Swapit points that you can use to buy new things without spending a penny! The only downside is that there isn’t any furniture on the site, but they’ve got everything else.
Swapz is the largest and most established swapping website. Membership is free and you have the opportunity to swap with people nationwide. Again, there isn’t any furniture swapping but it’s a great site to go to when you’re ready to accessorise your house.
My Deco is another great website for saving on household items. Go to the ‘Shopping’ tab at the top then look under ‘special offers’ or select a room that you want to shop for. Once you’ve done this you can sort the results by price – choose low to high – and see what bargains are out there. It really is a useful tool that will save you heaps of time and money. Another good thing about this website is that you can plan your own room by uploading a picture of your room and then trying out 3D furniture, paint, wallpaper, flooring and accessories. It’s such a clever way to get an idea of how a room will look before you buy anything.
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Visit your council website or give them a call asking about furniture recycling schemes. There are loads all over the UK, like Four Square in Edinburgh, which may offer free furniture removal as part of a recycling scheme.
Contact Furniture Re-use Network to have your used furniture donated to poor families who could not otherwise furnish their homes. The donation centres are spread out across all of the UK. If you’re in Northern Ireland go to Homeless Northern Ireland for details on how you can help.
- Host a swap party with your friends and neighbours
- Stop and shop at yard sales and car boot sales
- Use second hand shops like Oxfam
- Shop online for used goods at eBay
- Traditional classified ads offer great deals
What’s important is that you don’t buy into some ridiculous idea that you have to spend a fortune for your place to look great. Shop smartly and your digs will look classic and you’ll have extra cash. Spend everything on your house and it better look great, because you can’t afford to go anywhere else. This way you can enjoy yourself and rest in your home sweet home.
|Room||Cost||Where to find it|
|Double bed with mattress||Free||Gumtree|
|Bedside table x 2||£14||IKEA|
|Chest of drawers & sofa bed||Free||Gumtree|
|Duet cover & pillowcases||£7.97||Argos|
|Room||Cost||Where to find it|
|Mirror 7ft x 4ft||Free||Gumtree|
|Art prints||From £3||Worldgallery.co.uk|
|16-piece dinner set||£24||Amazon|
|Lounge curtains||£8.80||Woodyatt Curtains
|Room||Cost||Where to find it|
|3-piece bathroom set
|Room||Cost||Where to find it|
|IKEA kitchen cabinet doors||Free||Gumtree|
|Non-stick saucepan set||£6.49||Argos|
|16-piece cutlery set||£4.73||Amazon|
|Roll top plastic bin||£7.49||Amazon|
|3-piece kitchen utensil set||£0.70p||IKEA|