You’ve scrimped and saved to buy or rent your home, and finally, you’re in. But what happens when you’ve used all your money to get yourself there, and there’s no money for anything else? They say that home is where you hang your hat, but if you can’t afford the hat stand, is it a home? Here are some simple ways you can kit out your new home on the cheap to help you get settled in while you built up the rest over time.

Ask your friends and family for help

Don’t think of this as asking for a handout, think of it as helping them get rid of their unwanted items and helping them to de-clutter their space. Put a message out on Facebook and see if anyone is getting rid of some unwanted furniture – you’ll be surprised at how many people will be willing to help. If you offer them some cash, most won’t take it, so you should think about stocking up on a few bottles of wine to give as thank you gifts, or at least invite them over for dinner.

Search online

Just like your friends and family, there are lots of people out there who are looking to get rid of their stuff for free or at an affordable price. You’ll find a number, of great places online to get free furniture and you could come across some great pieces. Try to find things that are within a close distance as most people giving away items will expect you to pick them up.


For large items, you may wish to consider renting them. These items tend to be more expensive and renting could be a good way to ease your finances when you move in. You can get some great deals on rent to buy white goods which means that you can rent them and eventually own them – making them affordable in the short term and yours in the long term. Once you’ve paid them off, you can always sell them to get new appliances.

Get creative

If you only anticipate being without furniture for only a short period, then you can always get creative with your temporary furniture. Palettes are an item that you can use in many different ways to create great furniture. You may even find that your temporary projects become permanent features of your new home if they turn out better than expected.


Being without furniture can be a tough challenge in your new home, but it can be fun too. Thinking of creative ways you can get different furniture will give you the chance to show off your crafty side, and the trials and tribulations will make it sweeter when you finally bring home the furniture of your dreams. Read up on further ways to get crafty to make affordable decor projects and enjoy kitting your home out with new pieces that you love. It’ll take you some time to get your home how you want it, but it will be worth it in the end.