If you’re refurbishing your conservatory, you’ll probably be looking out for new décor. Unfortunately, fitting out an entire conservatory can be expensive. Here are five ways to save money on your next shopping trip.
Do your research
It can often be tempting to rush out to the shops as soon as your conservatory is ready. However, this usually isn’t the best approach. Buying items in a rush usually leads to impulse decisions, which can result in a larger bill. It’s far better to plan out your living space beforehand. Most homeware shops will have a website you can use for research. Compare prices and try to envision different pieces in your conservatory.
Another option is to go window shopping around your local shops. You could also speak to the shop assistants and find out whether they have any special offers available.
Choosing to buy furniture online can be a big money saver. Some shops will have exclusive online deals which are only offered via their websites. You can also look for décor in larger online marketplaces. You may find that pieces from last year’s collection are available for a fraction of the price.
You may even find current products being sold second hand, at a lower cost. When buying second hand, make sure you’ve seen plenty of photographs before you buy. It’s also good to look for items which are advertised as being in a ‘like new’ condition. Lastly, don’t forget to factor any delivery costs into your budget.
Upcycling is great for creating an individual look without spending lots of money. Giving tables, chairs and draws the ‘shabby chic’ look is a very popular décor trend at the moment. If you’re new to upcycling, you could try your hand at something a little smaller.
For example, you could rework picture frames, cushions or a new set of curtains. These smaller touches can transform the look of a room without the huge price tag. Even when you’re upcycling, it’s still important to plan out your purchases in advance. That way you’ll avoid spending the equivalent amount of money on paint and sandpaper!
Whether you’re upcycling or not, buying second hand is a great way to save the pennies. Visit charity shops for smaller décor items such as chinaware, vases, candlesticks and textiles. For larger items and electronics, go to second hand furniture stores. The prices in these shops will be significantly lower than buying new pieces. As a bonus, you’ll know that your money is going to a good cause.
Swap with others
Believe it or not, it’s possible to get pieces of furniture and décor for free. Swap with friends or search online for swapping websites. These sites will allow you to arrange a straight swap of your old pieces for someone else’s. The items you get won’t be new but you’ll also avoid spending any cash.
Keep in mind that you don’t know these people personally. Ensure you use a reputable website and never give out personal details online. You may need to pick the items up in person so try to avoid visiting anyone’s home on your own – it’s better to be safe than sorry! A good tip is to meet in a busy, public location, away from your home address and bring a friend with you.[Photo by lulek41] Tags: conservatory uses, furniture, save money