Making a house a home is not something that happens over night. Usually it takes time, patience and memories for your home to start feeling your own. And the first thing you want to do when you move in is fill it with lovely things but it can become quite addictive, let alone expensive.
When we moved into our current home I was about a third of the way through my pregnancy with our daughter, so we didn't have a large budget for furnishings. But through careful purchases and shopping around we soon able to fill our new house with some lovely home comforts.
With that in mind, I've listed a few bargains that we've managed to grab over the years. And hopefully that may give you some inspiration on how you can furnish your home on a budget.
1) Freebies - We managed to furnish a great deal of our house through free items. Some of which came from websites like guntree and free pages on Facebook, and others were passed on from family and friends.
We actually 'bought' our 3 seater sofa from gumtree, for free, and it was from a very nice home in great condition. Another great 'purchase' was one for our bathroom, as we had a large space to fill I was looking for a large mirrored unit and low and behold someone was giving away just that. So be sure to keep an eye out for any specific or key items you may want or need, because someone's trash literally could be you're treasure.
(Also don't be afraid to do a little DIY. The unit was just plain wood when I brought it home, but a few coats with some paint and I managed to get a beautiful customised unit which fit perfectly with my decor, all for the price of a tin of paint.)
Auctions/Charity Shops - If you are finding freebies in your area hard to come by, then you may want to look in your local charity shops or auctions. What's great is that you will often find good quality, solid wood items which in any retail store would be priced well above 3 times what you will pay at an auction or charity shop.
When we were decorating my daughters nursery we bagged a child's wardrobe and matching end table for a total of £5! (That's £2.50 each!) My fiancé's granddad bought a corner unit and wooden rocking chair from a charity shop near him for £5 each. I painted them with the chosen colours for her nursery and without breaking the bank we had lovely matching nursery furniture for grand total of £15!
Budget Stores - Sometimes it can be nice just to own something brand new. Especially if you're having difficulty finding anything that takes your fancy in auctions or online.
When we first moved into our house a little over 2 years ago our bedroom furniture was made up of a mix-match of hand me down items. And whilst we were really greatfull for them at the time, we recently decided that we were ready to get a matching bedroom set.
We purchased all of the furniture from Ikea, for just over £1000. I know what you are thinking; that's not cheap?
But that price included, a king size bed with a mattress, an end table, 2 chest of drawers, 2 wardrobes and a half wardrobe with 4 internal drawers. And in comparison to other furniture stores we tried, we were actually able to save over £900! Which I think is a great bargain!
If that is a little out of your price range then you can always try somewhere like 'B and M'. When me and my fiancé moved into our first flat, we bought our bedroom furniture from there for around £215. And whilst the quality and size was not quite what we have currently with Ikea, it was very affordable at the time and it did last us over a year and a half.
So there you have it, my three tips on how we furnished our home on a budget. I hope that you were able to find a tip to suit your own budget and maybe some inspiration too. And remember don't be shy, let me know if you've managed to score any bargains over the years, id love to hear your stories. Thanks again for reading.
Day of Knights