For many of us, the money barely seems to stretch far enough to meet the family needs. This means that most people have to prioritize and try to put off less important desires, like redecorating, as long as possible. Luckily, it is possible to make some noticeable changes in your home and still stay within the established budget by using eco-friendly solutions to update furnishings. Here are some tips for giving your home a makeover while staying true to your green principles and without spending much money.
Slipcovers to the Rescue
Believe it or not, using slipcovers on your older pieces of furniture can make them stylish and tasteful once again. Through the years spills, pet stains, scratches and rips take their toll on the upholstery of furniture that still has plenty of structural soundness. Sofa slipcovers offer an instant makeover for furniture with these problems. They have the following benefits:
• They are inexpensive and quick to use.
• They give instantaneous results.
• They are a way of recycling older furniture and limiting waste.
• They are easy to launder when they become dirty.
• They come in a great number of patterns and fabric choices.
Nothing is better than Free
If an inventory of your own home furnishings turns up nothing that is still useful, it is time to extend the search to other sources. The following are excellent places to obtain sturdy second-hand furniture for free, which can then be revamped to match the style of your home and decor:
• Neighbors, relatives, and friends who have furniture in storage.
• The Freecycle network.
• The Craig’s List free classified section.
Yard Sales are for the Frugal
Yard sales are also wonderful places to find second-hand furniture at prices that are next to nothing. You can actually go green and save money. Most yard sales are hosted on Friday or Saturday. To save gas, check the local paper for listings and plan your route prior to leaving home. These are some of the accessories that can frequently be found at yard sales to help with home decorating:
• Curtains, blinds, and shades.
• Small rugs and decorative pillows.
• Flower vases.
• Shower curtains.
• Pictures and frames.
• Lamps and lamp shades.
• Bedspreads and comforters.
The list of yard sale treasures to be found is only limited by your imagination and decorating talent. Do not be afraid to bargain for what you want at a yard sale. Most sellers expect it and are not offended when offered a lower price than they have marked on an item.
Using all of these tips to change the scenery around your household can give you a new perspective about green living. Green can be just as beautiful as new if you are willing to put a little work into achieving it. Frugality is a quality that people should be proud to claim because it is eco-friendly. The old adage, “Waste not, want not,” is certainly true, and if more people were interested in recycling old furnishings, we can help ensure the resources of the Earth will be available for future generations to enjoy.
This guest post was written by Caroline Smith. Caroline writes for a website that specializes in slipcovers for chairs. She thinks it’s important to recycle and reuse old furniture as much as possible and enjoys bringing new life to yard sale finds.