I've had this blog post in the pipeline ever since we moved to this flat in late June, but I think it's finally time to share my thoughts! We've been able to fill the flat and make it a home without spending loads and here are a few ideas I've implemented. Let me know if you have any to share too!
1. Ask friends and family if they have anything spare. A lot of our furniture was free because a friend generously gave it to us as she was moving out of the country. Ask your friends and relatives if they have anything spare going or pieces they don't use. A lot of people have furniture stored in their shed or garage and may even appreciate you taking it off their hands as it saves a trip to the tip!
2. Using a spare bed as a sofa. We moved into a one bed flat but we wanted the option to have guests to stay too. We didn't want to shell out too much for a sofa (those things are expensive!) so we used a bed instead! This single bed was one of the things we got from our friend, and it's a simple ikea frame that doesn't have a headboard or anything. It allowed us to be able to transform it into a sofa without it being too obviously a bed. I used a lot of cushions to bulk out the back so it wasnt too wide, and I've been spending my spare time making cushion covers for them. Our colour scheme in the living room is red and to save more money, I brought scrap fabric and clothes from charity shops to make the covers. For the sides, I created bolsters out of a spare duvet which I cut in half to make two. They definitely add to the illusion of a sofa, but the cushions can be easily taken off to create a spare bed for a guest.
3. Use wallpaper samples for artwork. You can take wallpaper samples from any DIY or Home shop (ours was from The Range) and then simply place them in a frame. The samples are free as they often have rolls unwrapped for people to tear out and take home to match to their room, but I've also requested samples from wallpaper websites.
4. Use postcards to create wall art. This is similar to number 3, but I loved this postcard set from Quill and Fox on Etsy. I simply bought a four pack of frames from ikea and framed them instead of using them as actual postcards. I love the art and it's a good way to display prints you love.
5. Use doilies, candles and frames to add interest. Little doilies are a simple way to add interest to the tops of cabinets and definitely don't just belong in your Grandma's house! Mine were in a pack of 5 which you can find in cheapjack stores and pound shops. The Lizzy Stewart print in the white frame above came free when I bought a tote from her from Many Hands, so it's always a good idea to utilise any art you may have lying around.
6. Use storage units as tables. These Hol tables from ikea are pretty popular as they can be used for storage too. They're great for a flat with limited space and are very reasonably priced. I really recommend joining as an ikea family member aswell as when I got mine I managed to get 20% off.
If you've just moved to a smaller flat than you're used to and there's not much space to fill all your things in (and throwing things away isn't an option!) it may be a good idea to consider self-storage. There are storage units of any size and suitable for any budget across the UK. I got rid of quite a bit when we moved into the flat but there are plenty of great ways to store more important things.
I hope you found this helpful and enjoyed a little peak into our flat! xo