Plan 4 Furnishings

Home furnishing guide

Ideas and advice for furnishing your home. Contemporary home furnishing designs including soft furnishing, retro to pub styles. Furniture deals for that modern home look including bedrooms and conservatories.


How To Furnish Your House When You Have No Money

When furnishing a house with little money, it can be challenging. A lot of people might think to go cheap, look through the charity shops or car boot sales. These options are ok but you still need to put some time and money into these pieces and they might not last. Somebody might put a sofa or coffee table outside with a FREE sign taped to it, chances are the springs are knackered, the dog has wee'd on it, or it is just not good to look at.

Buying wobbly chairs or tables, sofas that smell, rugs with holes in them, or second mattresses of any kind is a waste of money. Placing wood on top of a pile of bricks and calling it a table is fine in a uni, but do you really want to live like that?

But if you do look through charity shops or car boot sales then choose carefully. There are gems among the goods, but you need a good eye and patience to get to them. Even then, be prepared you may have to invest some money into cleaning and repairing.

Shopping this way for your house can be unwise design-wise. Just because something is cheap, it doesn't mean you should get it. The cheap price becomes the attraction, and the next thing you know, you saved a bunch of money but your home looks like a charity shop. You haven't furnished your house you filled it with things.

So what do you do if you have no money? You can buy a few good pieces and fill in the gaps with lucky finds you might come across. For example, purchase a good sofa. Find one you really like, and is of good quality as you'll want it to last for many years if you take good care of it. Your other pieces then, whether from the charity shop or your grandmothers spare room, can be made to look good with your good pieces, and these pieces will look a lot better if the primary furniture is of good quality.

Apply this to each room. Invest in the major piece or pieces and then choose the secondary pieces after that. Don't think you'll get your whole house done in a week, you need to be patient.

Along with your furniture, you'll want to add other items like throw pillows, vases, baskets, and collectibles. These items are more about you, items like an old silver plate, which is very inexpensive, can add lots of style to a table. And if the table isn't in a good state and you haven't the money to replace it you can buy some nice fabric and throw it over the top. The fabric will not only hide the not so nice bits, it serves well as a decoration in the room. If you can sew you can also buy fabric to make a pillow and throw it on the sofa.

Furnishing your whole house is costly, you must get your bargains where you can. But don't loose your style. If you must hang a sheet over the window, at least make it look nice, sew the hems. If you must use second hand furniture, make sure you check the piece all over, and make sure you can live with it. But you know there are places on the internet where you can pay charity shop prices for brand new quality furniture and home furnishings.