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Living room ideas for first-time buyers


Have you just bought your first house? Getting your own home is an exciting milestone in life – and can be an incredibly expensive one.

But even if you don’t have much money left after all the buying and moving costs, we have a few ideas to get you creating that perfect space on a budget. Let’s start with the living room.

It can be the centre of your new home with careful planning and thought. And creating a stylish space doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Here are a few of our living room ideas for first-time buyers to get you started.

1. Sofas on Finance

However small your budget may be, don’t compromise on the sofa. A good quality sofa can be costly but they’re also the centrepiece of your living room.

And most furniture companies offer interest-free finance so you can spread the cost of payments over a number of months or years depending on what is available. With a small deposit upfront, you can have your new sofa delivered in no time!

2. Pre-loved furniture

Pre-loved furniture is very popular. With sustainability and saving the planet’s natural resources, up or recycling is a major focus, and with a little time and effort, it’s a great way of getting a great sofa for next to nothing. So why not take a little look and see what you can find online?

From eBay and Gumtree to Facebook Marketplace, there are many resellers listing bargain furniture. And not only will it save you money, but it’s also a great way of reducing your carbon footprint.

And if you find a sofa that you love and its cushions have seen better days then why not use our cushion replacement service? All you need to do is order one of our collection packs, send us your cushion covers and we will replace the old and sagging foam to create soft and luxurious foam cushions for your pre-loved sofa in a matter of days!

There are many other types of furniture too – coffee tables, TV units, shelving, and all manner of storage, at great prices. Keep them in their original style or embrace your inner design self and have great fun revamping them. There is plenty of help and ideas online.

3. Painting

If you are a first-time decorator there is plenty of advice and help either from your local DIY store or online. Make sure you keep the colours neutral if you intend on having vibrant accessories and furniture or if your furniture is muted then a bold colour on one or two of the walls can look amazing! Colours trending in 2023 include powerful pinks and glorious greens. With Viva Magenta revealed as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2023, you could use rich, deep pinks with elegant red and purple undertones, for example, as a theme for your living room.

4. Introduce texture

Rather than investing in carpet, why not sand down the wooden floorboards, if you have them, either paint a neutral colour or stain or polish them to give them a fresh look and add a couple of colourful rugs. Place one or two in front of your sofa and, to anchor the room together and pile on cushions and throws in contrasting colours. They can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your living room.

If you want more help and advice on either replacing your old sofa cushions or adding bespoke scatter cushions to your living space then please contact one of our customer service team on 01293 871712 or email us and we’ll be happy to help.

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