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Sep 05

Budget home decorating – furnish your entire house for under £150!

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Need to furnish a whole house for cheap?

Desperate to furnish your new apartment on a low budget?

Read on to discover how you can furnish an entire home for less than £150 — or even for free!

Whether you are renting a property or buying a new home, prices are through the roof these days. So, anything you can save on home furnishings is much-needed money towards that dream home.

In this article, we give you tips that could save you thousands of pounds. The house we will furnish in this article has every household essential that you would need to live comfortably, right down to your bathroom bin and table lamp.

If you are bargain-savvy and not overly picky, you can probably furnish the majority of your house for free. Although, there are some items that everybody will want new.

 

Grab the freebies

Budget home decorating - furnish your entire house for under £150!

People often give away furniture for free as it saves them the job of getting rid of it.

You can find all kinds of furniture online, from big items to small furnishings, for free every day. Or, if you are happy to spend, you routinely find giveaway prices on items. Here are some of the best places to look.

Gumtree

It’s a fantastic place to start when looking for free stuff. 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.

Facebook Marketplace

With the added bonus of being able to verify sellers on Facebook, this digital marketplace is a fantastic way to find free stuff in your area. Easy to use and navigate, it is very similar to Gumtree and is a brilliant place to find bargains. 

Freecycle

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.

Freeloved

This listings website has an entire section dedicated to free, preloved stuff. There are plenty of bargains to be found here too. 

Free Stuff

Dedicated to free stuff near you, this classified site does exactly what it says on the tin — list stuff for free. Again

Swapz

Swapz is the UK’s biggest, most established and original marketplace where you can swap, trade, sell and deal with like-minded people both locally and nationwide. 

 

CHEAP PLACES ON THE HIGH STREET

Budget home decorating - furnish your entire house for under £150!

Argos

With some great deal on home bargains, Argos should not be overlooked if you are looking to furnish your home on a budget. 

Ikea

You might have to assemble the furniture yourself, but the Swedish retailer always guarantees good quality and affordable prices.

Wilko

This jack-of-all-trades store is a great place to pick up bargains for your home, especially items like plates, pots, pans, and utensils.

 

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

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.

 

OTHER WAYS TO SAVE

  • 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.

 

The MoneyMagpie home

Budget home decorating - furnish your entire house for under £150!

BEDROOM ITEMS CostWhere to find it
Double bed with mattressFreeGumtree
Bedside table x 2£18IKEA
Curtains£13IKEA
Wardrobe (beech)FreeGumtree
Table lamp x 2£5.50IKEA
Chest of drawers & sofa bedFreeGumtree
Duet cover & pillowcases£4.80Argos

 

 

LIVING ROOM ITEMS  
   
3-seater sofaFreeGumtree
Mirror 7ft x 4ftFreeGumtree
Art printsFrom £3.49The Range
Functional Dinner Set £7Wilko
Lounge curtains£7.99Ebay
Coffee tableFreeFacebook Marketplace

 

BATHROOM ITEMS  
   
3-piece bathroom set£2.50Argos
Bath mat£1.25IKEA
Shower curtain£0.98Amazon
Towel set£1.79Amazon

 

KITCHEN ITEMS  
   
IKEA kitchen cabinet doorsFreeGumtree
Saucepan set£12Wilko
16-piece cutlery set£5.00Wilko
Roll top plastic bin £6.00Wilko
3-piece kitchen utensil set£1.25IKEA
Cordless kettle£6.00Wilko
2-slice toaster£6.00Wilko

 

TOTAL:£102.55 

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Adil Khan

Hi,

I would like to shop on Facebook or Gumtree and I don’t have a car, how can I pick up furniture etc? Any Idea?

Jasmine
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Good point. When I do it I hire a ‘man with a van’. It does add to the cost but it’s a good way to do it as they do the heavy lifting as well as the transportation

DEB
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DEB

Iv’e never heard of swapz before. I’m so going to check this out

Nadia
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Nadia

How do you carpet your home for £150, let alone the other things mentioned?

Jasmine
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Freecycle.org or Gumtree Free Stuff. People do give carpet away.

When I moved into short-term accommodation a while ago there were no carpets, but the floors were painted (badly). We got large rugs second hand which did the job.

Frex
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Frex

Few years ago i made a huge makeover of my kitchen spending only 100. I was proud of myself because little effort saved me a lot of money.

Miss
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Miss

One very small downside. To get most of these things you need a vehicle or a hire vehicle and that means having a driving licence or someone to help you. I do not have a driving licence and the only people who can help me do not drive either, but we do our best

Joanne
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Joanne

Some useful sites listed here.

Aljada
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Hey! It’s such a clever way to get an idea of how a room will look before you buy anything.

dave
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dave

can u decorate my home,call me at 07771360889

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I’m always excited to have a look at this blog in the evenings.Please keep on churning out the content. It’s really entertaining.

alexis
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alexis

great article.In process of doing my house up at the moment and funds are very low so this has helped alot. I know I wont be able to have a show home but with your help will have practile and have all the bits i need. Shame there wasn’t a picture of how it all went together.

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