The Sustainability Series – Decorate Your Home For Less

Trying to find homeware that works for you can be such a chore and become super expensive, but there are plenty of eco friendly ways to glam up your pad without breaking the bank. Dive in for a treat on how to shop for your Pinterest board home on a budget.

Now I want to say that charity shops are your go to, but this isn’t always the case. Yes, they are helpful for the odd trinket, and you can get super cute retro accessories there. But charity shops are best for the small odd curiosities, for photo frames, and for the occasional throw cushion/blanket. I happen to buy a lot of wicker items that are coming back into trend, such as this crazy beautiful shelf unit that really is the find of the century. If you’re looking at buying big items like sofas, check their condition thoroughly; you’re probably going to use it a lot and you don’t want it to break!

Image Credit: Heather Dalgleish

I like to look at the vases, look out for any cool plant pot and perhaps the odd footstool. And yes, you may be able to find a good chest of drawers or wee table, but I find this is rare. You’re more than likely not going to be able to furnish your whole house like you would on other sites.

Now, for large items, you’re going to be looking at Facebook marketplace. In all honesty, finding those amazing items isn’t going to be a walk in the park, but is made substantially easier with looking on your phone. I personally have found mirrors, rugs, a super vintage chair, a cute sideboard and so much more, and most of it is extraordinarily cheap.

This is not mentioning the people who will rip you off on there too, just be aware of prices and different people. If it really looks too good to be true, it probably is.

But where you really get the most amazing items is from upcycling. This is looking at a rather sad ugly item and transforming it into something extraordinary. For example, I bought an old trunk, which was rather sad and dreary for a tenner. Once sanded and given a lick of paint, it now sits proudly as my coffee table. Buying a vintage trunk new would’ve set me back around a hundred and fifty pounds, something a student friendly budget can hardly afford.

Photo Credit: Heather Dalgleish

Same with my kitchen side table. I paid a fiver, fixed its wobbly leg and painted in a mustard yellow, making it in fashion and more than perfect in my kitchen.

Your only detriment is your mind as to what you can do. Fixing up furniture really isn’t super difficult, and means you are shopping sustainably and making your home look perfect too. As an amateur at building, learning how to sand, paint and change the look of household items really gives you the ability to transform your boring house affordably. Only a click away.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student. Author and illustrator for In Full Bloom Magazine

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