10 cheapest furniture items to buy second-hand

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Buying used furniture is not only a win for the environment, but it’s also a great way to pick up unique pieces that add interest to your space. From charity store finds to vintage gems online, there are plenty of ways to search for brilliant buys.

According to a study by Hometree.co.uk, searches for upcycling have increased by 130% over the past year as Britons look for other ways to bring tired-looking items to life. As part of their research (which excludes eBay), they also found that bookcases, shelving and storage are the cheapest pieces of furniture on resale sites, with an average price of £71.80.

Meanwhile, the second cheapest pieces of furniture to buy and recycle are TV cabinets and entertainment units (£74.85), followed closely by wardrobes and cupboards (£93.77). If you want a small DIY project, these are the items to buy online.

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On the other hand, the most expensive second-hand piece of furniture is chairs, averaging £450. If you’re looking to earn a pretty penny, the team at Furniture Disposal London recommends replacing the fabric, adding new foam cushions and reselling it online. You may soon have a small fortune in your hands…

Take a look at the full list below:

  1. Bookcases, shelving and storage (average advertised price £71.80)
  2. TV Stands & Entertainment Units (£74.85)
  3. Cabinets and cupboards (£93.77)
  4. Beds and mattresses (£101.58)
  5. Home offices (£113.15)
  6. Tables (£116.12)
  7. Cabinets (£145.21)
  8. Dresser (£174.22)
  9. Sofas, armchairs and sofas (£376.96)
  10. Chairs (£450)

    Need upcycling advice? “If you’re looking for a way to quickly upcycle your bookcase, paint the wood a contrasting color with your walls. This will give it a new lease of life and a pop of color in the room.” furniture crusher london suggests.

    “Instead of throwing away old TV cabinets, turn them into a lower storage unit and place them at the end of your bed as a bench or ottoman!”

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