Whether you are thinking about furnishing your entire home or simple want to add a few new furniture pieces, consider upcycling, renewing, reusing and recycling before hitting your local IKEA. Second hand furniture can be extremely economical if you are decorating on a budget, while allowing you to be environmentally conscious at the same time, too!
Ways To Repurpose Second Hand Furniture
Do Your Research
When looking for reclaimed wood furniture or other used items, you'll first want to look online in some of the more obvious places: Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Kajiji (Canada), Freecycle and Ebay, just to name a few. There’s also Poshmark, Gumtree and Shpock (both UK) which are all dedicated to folks buying and selling preloved items.
Other sources for second hand items include thrift stores, flea markets, swap meets and tag sales. The fun part about shopping this way is "haggling": that is, bargaining for a better price that suits both you and the seller. Don't be shy about haggling either: sellers at flea markets, swap meets and tag sales expect it!
Auction houses are also a great option if you are looking to purchase high-end items and other pricier furniture pieces, such as antiques. At an auction house you will often find a combination of expert and novice bidders so it can be an eclectic mix, which makes bidding at auctions fun and exciting.
Consider The Space
Before you start purchasing upcycled furniture for your home, you need to think about how much space you'll need for your new pieces. Just like purchasing brand new furniture, you'll have to consider what type of furniture you want, and measure the area(s) so you know what fits. This informative article from Darby Road Home shows exactly how to measure space for new furniture. Our advice? Keep these measurements in a handy home journal to avoid having to measure and re-measure every time you want to purchase something new!
Rearrange The Room(s)
In addition to measuring your space, consider rearranging the furniture you already have in the room to see if you can free up any additional square footage or lineal space. Once you are happy with the arrangement (or a few different arrangements), take pictures. You can take these photos, along with your measurements, when you go shopping for furniture pieces to help with your selections.
Need some help with your planning? Here's 10 of the best free online virtual room programs and tools that can help you with your room planning and furniture placement.