Furnishing Tips for your London Flat on a Budget



Moving into your London flat can be a daunting task, but making your flat feel like home with certain décor will surely ease this process. You do not have to spend tons of money to make your new pad look modern and chic, here are a few tips to save you some money and spice up your bedroom, kitchen or living area:



Curtains: while windows are very welcoming to the sun, they also can be quite a hassle in the morning and evening, when privacy and the quiet dark is welcomed. You will most definitely want to put up curtains if your place has a window, but you don’t have to spend lots of pounds doing it! Most thrift stores or even the Salvation Army has pretty fabrics, or a local sewing store, where you can choose from all kinds of styles. Once you choose (make sure the length and width fits accordingly) you can simply hem the fabric with freehand stitching or even stapling, making room to fit a rod or pole at the top to hang your new window décor!

Rugs and furnishings: Furnishing your apartment can be very expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing. To make sure you don’t have to purchase multiple items to get everything to match, it is best to stick with whites. White dishes, neutral (wood, light or dark) furniture, or even white or black bedding. Why? This is so that if you see a rug for 20 pounds or less, and you need one, you can buy it even if its red-and-yellow striped, because all of your furnishings will match! Another thing to keep in mind – never underestimate the power of a friend/roommates trash. A lot of people moving out or spring cleaning have lots of things they may want to throw away, so make sure you make it known to your friends and family that you’re furniture shopping.



Accessories: There is virtually no limit to the amount of accessories that you can decorate your new place with. Be creative, use your old clothes or old friends clothes to make pillows and quilted table clothes. Double up with jean fabric and cotton to make ovenmits or hot pads for the kitchen. All of these items simply require a needle and some neutral strong thread. Add some beaded art to your pillows for extra bedazzlement. If you have the right tools, reuse your bottle caps to make a fun, playful pillow addition.

Lastly, don’t forget about the dishes! Of course your pots and pans need to be quality. Aside from the famous Ikea in Croydon, the Salvation Army has quite a bit of vintage plates and dishes for your to mix and match your fashionable kitchen.

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One Response to “Furnishing Tips for your London Flat on a Budget”

  1. Jocelyn King says:

    Good post – don’t forget the freebies from
    they have 8 groups in London.

    Staples in curtain hems do rust after a few months so maybe iron-on hemming might be better if you plan to stay for a while


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