Do you need to furnish your home on a budget? The good news it’s possible to furnish a home for less than £200 if you know what to do. While you won’t have anything super classy it will still be comfortable and, best of all, complete. Here’s how to furnish a house for less than £200.
Step 1: Freebies
Every hunt for cheap and free goodies should start with Gumtree. Gumtree is where you can find yourself almost anything for free from tables to beds to sofas to anything really. All you need to do is go and collect it yourself. It can be a bit tricky without a car but still worth it.
Always take a look before going to pick something up. You should only ever pick something up if you’ve seen a picture of it. If there isn’t a picture then there’s something dodgy going on.
If you want to know why people are giving away their stuff for free then it’s quite simple really; they’re tired of having it in the house and they want to get rid of it without having to, well, get rid of it themselves. Instead you come along and take it and you get to keep it. You have to be quick with Gumtree though. Things are snatched up in the blink of an eye.
If you’re after more free stuff then sign up as part of your local Freecycle group. Freecycle is a grassroots organisation that’s gone global to hook up people who have free stuff with people who want free stuff. The idea behind it is that by giving things away instead of throwing them away we’re keeping landfills clear.
There is another great free site called Snaffleup. It works like Freecycle but there’s no need to sign up to even get in which makes it easier. You can organise search results by postcodes to find things near you and, when you sign up, things are centred around your post code for you.
The idea of getting free stuff that people don’t need anymore isn’t as outrageous as it used to be. With some speed and luck you can get practically everything you need without spending a penny. You just need to be faster than the other people who want it!
Step 2: Bargain Hunting
While you’re looking around Gumtree take a look at the house clearance section to find people who are desperate to sell the stuff they don’t need anymore. Many people are downsizing and need to get rid of stuff so you can snag a double mattress or a TV for less than £30.
There are also stores both offline and online that offer great deals; Argos and IKEA are the shop of choice for bargain hunters. It might be pretty basic but if you put it together right it looks great. You can also throw on some accessories to make it look even better. If you get the large items on the cheap you’ve got enough money left over to make everything look perfect.
Step 3: Save
By mixing up the free items with the new items you can put together a great looking home. If you want to spend even less and don’t mind doing some treasure hunting there are other great websites like Gumtree that can help. Swapit, Swapz, and My Deco are all three great choices for swapping items or getting them cheap/free. Don’t forget to pay it forward though. These websites survive because people who get free goods remember to offer some of their own when the time comes.
The important thing to remember is that there’s no need to spend a fortune to have a great looking home. When you shop smart you have a classic looking house and some extra cash in your back pocket. If you spend everything you have on your home then it needs to look good because there’s nowhere else for you to go. This lets you enjoy yourself and come back for rest in that home sweet home that you furnished for less than £200.