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4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home With Thrifting

Once an unfashionable concept, thrifting is making a huge comeback, with more people than ever searching to bag a bargain and upcycle or upgrade furniture for their homes.

Whilst upgrading your home can be both an exciting and daunting task, the power of thrifting can help you keep some pennies back without compromising on quality.

For the best approach to renovating through thrifting, here are four ways to find yourself the best deal without breaking the bank.


1.      Charity Shops

Known widely as the treasure troves of the thrifting world, charity shops are one of the best places for grabbing a bargain. Whether you’re after secondhand furniture, textiles, books, or decorative bric-a-brac, stepping into a charity shop is like taking a lucky dip.

Some charity shops like the British Heart Foundation also have specialist shops focused on furniture, which can be an amazing place to find some vintage pieces worthy of some TLC and a lick of paint.


2.      Upcycle Your Existing Furniture

Giving your home a facelift has never been easier when upcycling your own furniture to become something completely different. Whether you simply re-paint your furniture, or disassemble it to become a new entity, crafting something new from your old bits and pieces can give your house an entirely new look and feel.

If you fancy having a stab at upcycling your furniture, you might want to get hold of a good sander from DIY retailers like Screwfix.

Detail sanders and spindle sanders can come in handy for getting into the nooks and crannies of your favourite rocking chair, dresser or sideboard to transform it from a painted or varnished piece to a stripped back blank canvas.

3.      Some Things Shouldn’t Be Thrifted, And That’s Okay

For some things, you won’t want to thrift them due to hygiene reasons, but there are great ways to get hold of them nonetheless, even on a tight budget.

For example, thrifting a mattress is not always a good idea. For young babies especially, it’s not recommended to buy a secondhand mattress for a cot due to the risk of SIDS, but for hygiene reasons you may not want to use a second hand mattress even as an adult.

If you need a new high quality mattress on a tight budget, visit the sleep specialists at Archers Sleep Centre for the best guidance on choosing a mattress to suit you, even on a low budget.

4.      Gain Inspiration

Having a particular vision for your home, especially if you’re renovating or completely redecorating can help you stay on track.

You can use tools like Pinterest to build a dream idea of your home and redecorate based on the visuals you’ve compiled. It’s amazing what you can achieve with thrifted items to make them look like designer pieces!

Using mood boards of your dream visuals for each room will also help you to see how different furniture pieces look together, and in different combinations, or with alternative patterns. Assess how colour schemes may harmonise or clash, and alter your plans accordingly.


Do you have any tips for upgrading your home with thrifting? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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