If you have just moved into a new house or flat you may be wondering how to make it start feeling like home. Putting your own individual stamp on the place will make you feel that much more comfortable. Maybe you are busy planning how you can give it a cosy feel or perhaps you would like to modernise it a bit. If you have just started paying more rent or taken on the responsibility of a mortgage, however, then you’ll probably be finding that your finances are a bit tight too! New kitchens, carpets and decorators don’t come cheap and it can be stressful trying to do up your home on a budget.
The temptation to overspend can be hard to resist, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Did you know that there are some great free or low-cost ways to help you improve your home décor and cheer up your living space? We’ve been researching some of the best ways to furnish your home without spending a fortune and have come up with some great ideas!
Register with Freecycle
Freecycle is a great online site set up to match people with furniture to give away to people who need new furniture. As the name suggests everything is free and you can use it to fill your home with items from sofas to beds and even the kitchen sink. There can be some really good quality products offered and if you are quick you can bag some brilliant bargains for your new home. You can also search for items that are local to you so that you don’t have to worry about high delivery costs either. Even if there are some pieces that need a bit of love and attention to get back to their best, there are some real gems to be found here.
Hold a painting party
If hiring a painter and decorator is beyond your budget but you lack the time to paint your abode on your own (or just don’t know where to start!) then why not invite your friends and family around for a housewarming party with a difference? You provide the paint, wine and snacks and everyone helps you to decorate your home on a budget. It’s great fun and a lovely way to get everyone together for something a little bit different. You’ll find that a lick of paint can totally change the look and feel of a room and with so many hands making light work of the decorating you’ll have a newly spruced up home in no time! The only key investment here is dustsheets or covers to make sure the only place paint ends up is on the walls.
Shop at trade stores
Rather than buying your DIY materials at the large superstores, shop around to see where you can buy items wholesale or at trade prices. Lots of independent suppliers can give you cheaper rates on products such as paints, wallpaper, and other furnishings. It’s also worth looking for ‘seconds’ products for the home. These are products that have slight (but often barely noticeable) flaws and are sold at a greatly reduced price. Ask at carpet stores if they have any offcuts available too as these could be the ideal fit for a room in your house and you’ll be able to get a good discount on them. This is a great way to end up with luxury furnishings for your home on a budget.
Handmade goods are very on-trend at the moment so get crafty and decorate your house yourself! You could have a go at sewing cushions and curtains, knitting throws and even making pottery ornaments. DIY décor is great as it’s low cost and will be totally unique! Why not get the kids involved too by asking them to do some colouring in and then framing their creations as bright and cheerful wall art.
If you follow our tips you can make you’ll be on your way to making your house a home on a budget! But we know that sometimes a DIY disaster might mean that you need a little cash urgently to tide you over or to buy essential items for your house. So, why not find out about one of our short term cash loans which can be the ideal way to help you out.
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