Furniture and home decoration is a pricey business. When you start weighing up, and pricing up what you want and need for your house, you will see the figures getting bigger. However, there are plenty of ways you can furnish and decorate your home on a budget. From getting friends to help with the decoration, to getting furniture from second hand shops there are lots of ways you can save money.
Here are Five TOP TIP’S:
1. Make use of your family and friends. If you do not like painting and decorating or you just don’t want to pay for the professional’s, then why not throw a paint party. Get everyone round give them brushes, rollers, food and drink and away you go. 2. Get creative with old furniture. There are lots of second hand shops out there to take advantage of, and even household sales which can be little gems. Although furniture on offer may not be to your taste think of the potential on offer. For example, recently my sister acquired some furniture from a relative’s house, although the furniture wasn’t what she wanted, it was the potential in it she saw, she was able to turn some old and boring looking display cabinets into new pieces of furniture by simply sanding down and painting. 3. Use freecycle. People get rid of things that may be of no use to them, but, they may be just what you are looking for, so take advantage of the free furniture and household items on freecycle. Alongside freecyle, it is worth remembering to stop, reuse and recycle. More often than not things are thrown away that have years of life left in them, so why not stop, see if the item can be reused, or maybe even turned into something new. Recycle what is on offer, to creative unique and individual items. 4. Utilise sales. Stores and shops are always holding lots of sales so take advantage of them when they come around. Even saving a few cents or pennies on paint, home décor items and soft furnishings can all add up.
Get crafty and save yourself some money in the process. Why not have a go at making your own drapes, curtains, soft furnishings, or items of home decor? From mosaic tables to framed pictures and paintings there are lots of things you can do, make and create in your spare time for use within your home.
Finally, it is worth noting, that having a budget, early on is ideal. Having a budget in place ensures you don’t spend more than you want to or have to.