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    Furnishing a house on a strict budget...help!

    Hi People

    Have been using this site for some while now....and it' been great.

    Now the time has come to refurb a house I have recently bought, I am planning to let it out but plan to furnish it creating a modern feel and many have asked for it to be furnished.

    I want to put in a leather suite and want this cheap as possible in black or brown.

    I want to carpet the whole house and wondered if anyone knows of any big discount carpet outlets?

    Also I want to put in a new kitchen and bathroom

    So was wondering if you helpful bunch can help me stick to my budget and get a modern look with spending as little as possible

    Look forward to hearing from you guys

    8 Comments

    I'd recommend Ikea for the modern look quite cheap, for the floors I would suggest depending on how good the floorboards are you could stain and varnish them or you could go down to your local or chain store carpet shop and buy a few end rolls of carpet which should save some money.

    For the kitchen cabinets you may save money by having the cupboard doors replaced whilst retaining the cabinets and big tiles for the walls, if possible but it really does depend on what your budget actually is.

    I agree about Ikea. The have some cracking deals and some stuff is amazingly cheap.

    If you are going to let it out DONT spend a lot on furniture.

    Some peole who live in rented places take no care of the furniture and if you spend a lot on furniture you may find it ruined when the people leave.

    if you have trade depot nearby i really recommend them you can get 3/4 diff styles of kitchen for an average of £1000 plus once u spent first £500 ask for discount card that will give you i think 10% you purchses .
    Also if you dont mind 2nd hand use this site to find local bargains on ebay localbargainfinder.co.uk/ as furniture is big so you want to be able to local collect for free:thumbsup:

    You could try Argos and collect nectar/spend nectar points on everything you buy? the clearance bin is usually good value for money

    I think I saw in my local Harveys that they were doing a brown 3 seater leather sofa for £299 - limited time only.

    Original Poster

    Thank you all.....have to admit you all are a helpful bunch!!

    Thanks once again...and any further advice is welcome lol

    try wickes online half price kitchens m8

    we recently did a complete makeover on the bathroom(and boy did it need it!). We made a massive saving (as its a large room) by using floor tiles in the shower area which we got for £4.99 a box on special from B&Q. We had several quotes from bargain tiling places that came to £400 for tiles alone- we paid £25 all in. You need waterproof grout (obviously) which is more expensive but we got ours from Screwfix along with waterproof adhesive. We went for black granite 12 x 12" tiles with black grout , a white stand alone suite (£635 from ebay) and red matt emulsion- the result was spectacular.
    By using simple colours , make a statement that hides the fact that you have not used the most expensive products.
    As far as the kitchen is concerned we used the same material splashbacks we used for the worktops- again this saves time and money on tiling (we have a large kitchen too!) We used matt black marble effect. DONT use the polished black one even tho you can pick it up cheaper cus it gets scratches just by looking at it!
    Screwfix is good for towel radiators too- cheaper than B & Q as we found out afterwards!
    Theres always good old Argos specials for the furniture- look in the clearance section. The new catalogue is out in July so they will be clearing loads then I would think.
    Good luck- hope it all turns out super dooper!
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