Filling Your House With Furniture On A Budget

6 great ways of picking up furniture on a budget

Not only did we upsize our home when we bought our first house, but we also moved from a partially furnished rented place to our completely empty new home. It’s safe to say not only were we a bit short of furniture when we eventually moved in, but we were also on a very tight budget after what will probably be the biggest purchase of our lives. Buying a house is expensive, yo. Over the last few months we’ve picked up some amazing tips so here’s my rundown on filling your house with furniture on a budget:

// If you’ve got the space, buy asap! I actually bought my own bed way back when I was living at my parents. My boyfriend was working for a home wares store that was closing down, so we managed to get an amazing discount. I needed a new bed in my room anyway, so I bought it myself and stored it in my old room while I was in rented accommodation. Major thanks to my Mum for her free storage! These crazy sales and discounts might not be available when you move, so if you can store furniture somewhere for free it’s definitely worth it.

// If you’re renting, pay for your own replacements. We had a great relationship with our landlord at our old house so whenever we had any problems they could often be solved with a quick text. Because space was an issue, if anything broke in the house we asked if we could just buy our own replacement with a view to taking it with us when we left. By the time we moved out we had bought our own sofa and dishwasher, so they were great things to have ready for our new place.

// Tell family and friends you’re looking for furniture. We’ve been offered a number of things since we moved in, from friends of friends who are upgrading and want to clear out their old pieces. Keep your eye on Facebook for people offloading tables, chairs and even full suites! Second hand furniture can be a little worse for wear, but makes a great up-cycling project or will be ideal as a stop gap until you can afford something super special.

// Keep an eye out on places like Gumtree, eBay and Freecycle. We arranged to collect an awesome sofa bed from a guy on Freecycle and I have a friend who owns a van so it literally cost us nothing! We popped to the guy’s apartment after work to take away his old sofa so he could have the new one delivered the following morning – I was surprised at how grateful he was to us even though he was giving us a great piece of furniture for free. We were lucky the sofa is in great condition, but if it’s a little grubby you could recover it for a fraction of the price or just layer up some throws and blankets to give it a super easy new look. Now we have seating for friends, too!

// Vintage, old and reclaimed are your friends. Check out your local area for charity shops and reclaimed yards to get some furniture on a budget. We have Poverty Aid in Leeds who often have amazing retro furniture pieces for a fraction of their real value.

// Flat pack furniture, baby! I know it lacks character, but head to your friendly Argos or IKEA and pick up some of their budget pieces. Generally if you opt for the white version of IKEA’s popular pieces they are a lot cheaper than more traditional oak and walnut colours. Whack on a coat of paint or head to Pinterest for some great furniture hacks to get your flat pack pieces looking super suave.

What are your favourite ways to buy furniture on a budget? Do you have a favourite piece that you got for a bargain price? How have you put your own stamp on a classic item? I’d love to see your DIYs and up-cycles! Loves x xx

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My Top Picks From The Indiecana Sale

Independent designer sale

If you haven’t heard already, Indiecana is a relatively new online store selling independent designer’s products and handmade goods from the heart of the UK. Run by Daisy of Prettygreentea I can absolutely vouch for her quality standards and taste in good stuff! The website is clean and easy to navigate too!

In even better news, they’re holding a massive sale over at Indiecana right now and as I can’t buy anything until our house move is sorted (sob!) I wanted to share my favourite pieces with you instead. These illustrated cards (above) are so precious, I would absolutely send the flamingo to Lisa at Mathilde Heart Manech who showed off her love for flamingos on the very first day we met and I’d probably send the bowing owl to someone as a late birthday card – that dude is looking very shifty like he forgot something important. Whoops!

Toucan Art Print

This Toucan print would look fabulous on the wall of my new office, for less than £10! When I was younger my Granddad gave me a really cool pencil case with the words “if a toucan you can” on. The pencil case is sadly long gone, but toucans have always reminded me of him since then.

As an extra special bonus if you’re a fan of the Onetenzeroseven | Shop you can get a select number of my exclusively designed pieces on sale at Indiecana! I love the colourful boxes Daisy uses to display the gifts in. You could get some of your Christmas shopping started early.

Onetenzeroseven Sale, Onetenzeroseven Discount

Loves x xx

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