Outfitting a flat from scratch - can it be done cheaply without crappy quality?

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fridgepants Sun 24-Feb-13 12:40:00

DP and I are looking at renting a flat together, and we've realised that if we go for unfurnished, it widens our options considerably. The downside is that we will have to buy all the furniture - which is a big chunk of money upfront.

Would it be wise for us to just pick the cheapest stuff IKEA sell, or is there a sweet spot when it comes to balancing cost and quality there?

We know of charity furniture stores in the area (moving to a different part of London from the one I'm in now) and Free cycle, but as neither of us drive we are working on the principle that we will have to buy everything new in order to work out costs.

jaynebxl Tue 26-Feb-13 09:51:05

Another vote for Emmaus if you have one near you.

poozlepants Tue 26-Feb-13 09:53:45

Gumtree. You can get ikea and other stuff on there for a fraction of the cost and then it doesn't matter if you want better later on you can regumtree it. I have got shelves, beds, tables and chairs from there.

dinkystinky Tue 26-Feb-13 09:55:26

Check out gumtree for house clearances/furniture being sold - we sold loads of quality furniture when moving via gumtree for a fraction of the price we purchased it for.

The courier service at ikea works out well. Not london but my local one at southampton, I pick and pay for everything, then they will deliver up to £250 worth of goods for £15 the next day.

BettySuarez Mon 18-Mar-13 07:23:11

Rather than buy a bed and mattress, could you not just spend more on a really good quality mattress? Might be better to invest more there and get bed frame later when pennies less tight?

noddyholder Mon 18-Mar-13 07:24:08

eBay for decent secondhand rather than cheap flat pack which is not cheap at all for te quality. Get a new mattress otherwise used is fine

lightrain Mon 18-Mar-13 07:26:24

Try Tesco or asda direct for sofas. I have bought 2 from Tesco and my friend bought from asda. Great value and they are lovely quality, lasted very well. You have to take a small risk as you can't view them before, but Tesco collected and replaced sofas that arrived and I didn't like for free. I paid £600 for both a 3 seater and a 2 seater, very pleased (ikea cheap sofa bought some years ago broke soon after I bought it, so I won't buy sofas from ikea now!).

Agree with pps who say ikea furniture can be great, you just have to chose carefully.

Ikea deliver most stuff if you order online, btw.

notcitrus Mon 18-Mar-13 08:59:52

Buy new mattress, then bed later. Charity shops will deliver for about a fiver.
Shiply.com are useful for arranging cheap delivery when you see bargain good quality stuff on Ebay.

I would get the mattress and then wait a couple weeks until you know what you want where, and also people will start offering stuff. Make sure you measure spaces first!

guineadogpony Tue 19-Mar-13 10:49:50

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Urbanvoltaire Sat 30-Mar-13 07:11:46

I'd get the best bed, mattress & sofa you can afford from new & from eg John Lewis. Avoid DFS at all costs for sofa.

For the rest either ikea or charity/auctions. My place was kitted out with ikea table, chairs, chest of drawers, bedside tables all from ikea & still going strong. I've since got a few more bits of furniture from eBay & collected (have estate car). Maybe you could hire a van for a day?

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