How to Furnish Your House on a Budget

NathalieM By NathalieM, 23rd Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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After moving into your new house it may start to feel empty pretty soon. You don't have to spend a fortune on making it a home however, here are some ideas to help you furnish your house as you wish without breaking the bank!

Where To Start?

If you’ve just moved into your new home, the novelty of having a gigantic open space to run around and do cartwheels in begins to fade after a few days. The next logical step is filling it up with cosy furnishings and making it feel a bit more welcoming, but if you’re working on a strict budget you could be waiting months before you’re no longer sitting on the floor.

You shouldn’t buy into the idea that spending more will make your place look better. There’s many ways to fill up your home without breaking the bank, and you’ll have some truly unique and classy pieces of furniture to show for it, as well as more money left over to throw a house warming party!


If you’re familiar with websites such as Gumtree or Freecycle, you’ll know many goods are frequently given away free of cost to anyone who can come and collect them; this includes almost anything found in the household such as sofas, beds and mattresses, coffee tables, dining tables, rugs and ornaments. Make sure you act fast, as these items are usually on a first come first serve basis and popular items will be gone very quickly.

If you own a car you should be able to collect these items no problem, if not you can look into hiring a van by the hour, which usually works out much cheaper than buying the items in the first place. Living in Brighton, I’ve also seen many fantastic items left outside people’s homes, usually by University students at the end of term that are still in perfect condition.

Car boots

Car boot sales are a gold-mine for cheap furniture, but just remember to focus on what you need, because shopping at car boots is addictive and before you know it you’ll have picked up a hundred other unrelated items and still be no closer to furnishing your house.

You can pick up a whole range of second-hand furniture on the cheap, and could even be in with a chance of picking up some potentially valuable antiques for next to nothing. Car boot sales usually occur once or twice every week in a set location, check online for listings on when and where they occur.

Clearance Items

You could go through the clearance or resale route, picking up an item with minor deficiencies for very reasonable prices. Ex showhome furniture is usually sold well below recommended retail price, so visit a showroom and see what is on offer. You should also ask to view any display and floor samples, or damaged items as they are usually always sold at highly discounted prices.

You could also browse clearance items from big name stores such as Argos or IKEA, who offer good value furniture at cost and offer an in-store collection and delivery services. Flat-pack furniture is also generally cheaper, as it requires some simple assembly which usually shouldn’t take any longer than an hour.

Charity shops

People in a hurry to get rid of old furniture will sometimes donate it to a charity shop or thrift store, usually in complete sets and still in excellent condition. Buying second hand from a charity shop not only saves you money but also helps a good cause, and you’ll generally pay less than what you would at an Argos or IKEA clearance for the same quality of goods.

Many charity shops also offer a delivery service (usually at a little extra cost), so enquire online or on the phone before you go shopping to see which stores offer this service, as well as which shops have the biggest selection of furniture to buy.

Talk to friends and family

I’m going to throw this in as it helped me greatly when I moved into my first place. Talk to your friends and family and see if they have anything they want taken off their hands, you’d be surprised to discover how long someone you know has been dying to get rid of something, but just never found the right opportunity.

Thanks for reading
Do you have any great tips on furnishing a home cheaply? Leave me a comment or tweet me @MartinNathalie9.


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Hello! I'm Nathalie and I love writing about what makes my world tick! Fashion, weddings, interior design, health, property..You name it, I will write about it!

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author avatar Legend
14th May 2015 (#)

Good advice and a penny saved is a penny earned!

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author avatar NathalieM
19th May 2015 (#)

Thanks. I'm always looking for ways to save a penny or two :)

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