Furnishing your home or office can be pretty expensive – new couch, office chairs, desks, carpets – you can end up flat broke. Fortunately, there are some tricks that can save you thousands of dollars. If you want to achieve the best value for money when it comes to refurbishing and decorating your premises, you don’t need much – just some time, a lot of creativity and relatively small amount of money. And here is how:
Before you buy anything, try asking around a little bit to find out whether your friends or their neighbors have some stuff they want to get rid of. Maybe you can use a couch or a table that is lying around your cousin’s house, change the fabric or repaint it for a fresh look. Furthermore, it is possible that you already have some pieces of furniture hiding unnoticed somewhere in your house or garage so you could use them and avoid spending additional money for furnishing your house or office.
Now that you’ve exhausted all possibilities of friends and relatives, it is time to get organized. Before you start spending any money, decide how much you can or want to spend and make a list of all the things you need. By doing this you will avoid buying items which are too expensive or unnecessary.
The next logical step is browsing the internet. There are numerous websites where people sell, or even give away used and unwanted things, especially furniture, home appliances, and clothes. The truth is that it may take you some time and nerves to find what you need, but you can shop at prices that are up to 80 percent lower than the market price. The other good idea is to buy wholesale or look for the liquidation sales. Stores that are going out of business sometimes sell items at only 20 or 30 percent of their retail value. Also, look for the factory outlets where they sell products much cheaper than the shops due to the fact that there’s no middle-man.
The next thing you can do is to paint the walls. Paint is pretty inexpensive way to change the look of your house or an office and the best thing is that you can do it by yourself. If you’ve never done wall decoration before, the abundance of tutorials and step-by-step instructions you can find on the internet can be of great help. There are also websites where you can ask professionals for a piece of advice or download home and interior design software for free. This way you can visualize your ideas, experiment with colors, and remodel your home or office online before you start with the real work.
Also, pay attention to lights. Take full advantage of the natural light and get some cheap lamps that will enrich the space. Just keep in mind that you should avoid cold fluorescent and over-bright light because it can cause eye strain and fatigue.
In the end, add some details – cushions, nicely framed pictures, paintings prints, flowers or other plants which will make the space look warmer and give it a personal touch.