Furnishing your home doesn’t have to require handing over a huge wad of cash. Here, we show you how to style your living room on a budget that won’t cramp on style.
Buying items online has so many benefits, from the unique finds through to the huge savings that can be made in the process. Gumtree share their top 6 tips for finding a good quality bargain.
1. Use your imagination
When shopping for second hand homewares, sometimes it takes a little imagination to see an item’s full potential. Consider an item that might have a bit more wear and tear on the outside, but with a coat of paint or a touch up, will become a one of a kind item that looks luxe for less. Also, have a look online for furniture hacks as you might be able to turn a bookshelf into a TV cabinet.
2. Make sure you inspect the item before purchasing!
It’s important to make sure you inspect the item you’re purchasing in person to ensure it is as advertised. Take a friend along with you to inspect the item, both as a safety precaution and as an extra set of eyes.
Additionally, take your room dimensions with you. It would be a shame to buy a lounge or a dining table to then realise it doesn’t fit when you bring it home.
3. Plan ahead
If you’re overhauling a whole room, make a list of all the key items you need in the room and then decide where you can save money. Consider investing more money in pieces such as couches and dining tables and save money on decorative touches like plants, art work and throw cushions.
You should also be smart with your money and consider alternatives. For example, instead of buying one large canvas print to decorate a wall, buy smaller, and more affordable prints and posters, pop them in some frames, and you have yourself a feature wall!
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