How To Make A Home Special With Second Hand Furniture

Second hand furniture is becoming more and more popular for using to decorate a new or existing home. Whether your moving house or just want to create a new look in the home you are already in, second hand furniture can come to your rescue every time, bringing you in on budget and creating a unique look you really won’t find anywhere else.

How To Make A Home Special With Second Hand Furniture

Home owners and people who rent their property want to be able to put their own individual stamp on their home, and the internet provides us with endless possibilities these days.

If you visit a furniture store and buy a new item for your home, how many people do you think living near by have that same piece of furniture?  All of a sudden your house doesn’t look that individual or unique any more.

If you are viewing houses, you might see the same piece of furniture crop up again and again.  There is a particular chest of drawers that I think everyone in a 20 mile radius to us has.  Even we’ve got them!  If you want your home to be individual and reflect your personal style, then adding some second hand furniture can make your home far more interesting.

Go Shabby Chic 

Shabby chic is so on trend at the moment, and lends itself really well to buying second hand furniture.  It’s a fun and classic look that can also be personalised to your own particular colours and tastes.

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Upcycling Second Hand Furniture 

When you’ve just moved house, often funds are a bit low after all the costs involved with renting or buying.  Upcycling second hand furniture can be a great way to put a new stamp on a functional necessity.

Tables and chairs lend themselves really well to upcycling and can be painted or reupholstered to create a completely different look and stop the item going to waste.  If anyone you know is getting rid of something, or you see something in the charity shop you think would be really useful, don’t be afraid to sand it down and give it a lick of paint or new varnish.

Tips for using second hand furniture

Go Online To Buy

There are various websites, like Ebay and Gumtree, where you will find lots of second hand furniture.  Often when you are browsing through something will catch your eye that you know would be perfect for your home, but it’s in Devon and you live in Birmingham.  The seller might even state the item is for collection only.

I used to think that was it, I would never be able to get my hands on that second hand bargain but it really doesn’t have to be the case.  There are websites available, like Shiply, that you can go to that will help you move large items of furniture from one part of the country to another.  All you need to do is put the details in and they will give you a quote in minutes.

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Don’t Settle For Just Anything

If you are wanting to create a new look in your home and are planning on using some second hand furniture be really clear what it is you are looking for.  Make a list and stick to it.  Do not let yourself be distracted by what else might be on offer or every bargain you see.

You might need to exercise a little patience or you could even put a wanted add out on Facebook or other websites.  This way you will get the most out of your second hand purchase and avoid disappointment.

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  1. May 27, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Love looking through second hand stores – you can get some real bargains even in Finland x

  2. May 27, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    These are great tips. If you look and as you say have patience you can find some real bargains x

  3. May 27, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    These are great tips. If you look carefully and as you say have patience you can find some real bargains x

  4. May 27, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I would, one day, when I have more time, have the chance to upcycle a piece of furniture for my home x
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  5. May 28, 2016 / 5:42 am

    I think most of our furniture is second hand, I do need to do some work on some as it’s looking tired

  6. May 31, 2016 / 10:00 am

    These are great tips. I love the shaggy chic look. I must admit we sell a lot on gumtree but We haven’t bought a great deal from genre. I should check it more often x

  7. Brian
    December 8, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Great advice! A fresh coat of paint can turn a drab piece of furniture into looking brand new! Thanks for sharing.

  8. December 28, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Make your furniture look damn new with this old painting stuff!! quite Amazing!

  9. Margaret Gallagher
    December 30, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Love upcycling -adds a bespoke look to my hoyse and makes it a home to be proud of

  10. Richard Eldred Hawes
    January 29, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    If you are handy with a needle or a paint brush you can certainly make an impact with secondhand furniture and accessories

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