When it comes to furnishing your new home or adding some personal touches to your rented apartment, the cost of homeware can be frustrating.
For first-time buyers, you’ve already forked out for a deposit, solicitor fees and stamp duty so you may be running low on funds (well done for getting on the property ladder though). Now you have a whole place to furnish! Likewise, renters don’t have a magic money tree to turn their new place into something out of a magazine.
However, there’s no need to despair! There are some affordable homeware brands out there that won’t break the bank. The key is to shop around and prioritise to create a home that you love. Let’s take a look at a few places you might want to start.
From curtains & cushions to candles & clocks, Matalan has a great homeware range. Their home accessories are particularly good for adding some style and colour to your rooms. And the best part is, they are extremely affordable. You can check out their current offering here.
B&M is a cheap and cheerful retailer with plenty to offer. While you may have concerns about the quality of some of their products if you are prepared to root you can find some real gems. We recommend heading to your nearest store to see what homeware treasures you can find.
3. George at Asda
You may be used to grabbing your food shopping from Asda, but when’s the last time you stopped to have a look at their homeware range? You can give your home a high-end look without the high-end price with Asda’s range. They also have plenty of customer reviews on their website which will help you to establish which products are good value for money.
A trip to IKEA is a sign that you are officially an adult! It’s not as cheap as some of the other brands on our list, but they do have everything for pretty much every room in your house. When I moved into my new home, I picked out a whole host of furniture including wardrobes, a desk, TV unit, shelving and bathroom cabinets to be delivered to my house. Needless to say, I never want to build a piece of flat-packed furniture again!
5. H&M Home
H&M may be better known for being a clothing retailer, but their homeware section is surprisingly good and more importantly, affordable! Their brand is very modern and diverse so is a good option if your home décor needs some updating.
Homesense is a great place to find unique pieces that finish off your home. You’ll find new things every time you go into store and they boast savings of up to 60% the RRP. They’re particularly good for having some nice artwork to brighten up your walls. You’ll probably struggle to leave Homesense without buying something new for your home!
Wilko has a pretty large range of affordable homeware and it’s a particularly good place for new students to go and get stocked up on their home essentials. They’ve got some great products that will help you to make your house a home without spending a fortune.
8. The Range
In keeping with their name, The Range does have a good range of home furnishing and furniture options. If you need some new Christmas decorations this year, you should definitely check out what The Range has to offer. Their prices are very competitive and over 175 stores across the UK, there’s sure to be one near you.
Wayfair is a huge online retailer that sells everything from barstools to birdhouses. Their furniture does range in price so there are affordable options mixed in with some higher-end products. Their website is super-easy to navigate, and you can see what customers think of their products in the review section.
Dunelm has some great options for furnishing your home. Their ranges tend to be quite cosy and homely if you like that sort of style. If you prefer more of a luxe or hotel look, we’d recommend having a look at their Fifth Avenue (5A) brand which can give you a luxury feel without the extortionate price tag.
Bringing it all together
Creating a home that you love and feel comfortable is so important, but you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Take inspiration from luxury brands but keep shopping around to find what you’re looking for. You’ll be surprised by how often you can find a much cheaper version of the homeware you want.