We all go through some season in our life when money is scarce. It happened to us when we arrived in Madrid, we had to allocate a large part of the budget to pay the rent for the house and we ran out of money to furnish it …
Think that when you enter a flat you have to pay the current month, the month of agency, and the months of deposit established by the owners. In addition to having to hire a van for the move. This amounted to thousands of Dollars at once for a simple rental!
But luckily there are alternatives to get the furniture Vouchers for free or at a very low cost. It won’t be the best furniture in the world, but it will do its job (and you can easily restore it).
I leave you in this post the main alternatives to get them for free regardless of where you live and I also give you some options to get them at low cost. In the end, you will find a small guide to restore them and make them look like new.
Where to get free furniture Vouchers?
Here is the list of online sources helping people to get some free furniture’s Tips or Furniture’s Vouchers
The first place you should look to find free furniture is at nolotiro.org. It is a portal dedicated to people who want to get rid of objects without asking for anything for it.
You must select the city in which you live and be aware of the ads that are published. It also has a section for you to order what you need.
A very similar page but focused on children is Segundamanita.com.
If you enter Walla pop and put “furniture gift” or “free furniture” you will find ads of people who want to get rid of a piece of furniture.
You will have to filter the results since there are people who put “free shipping” and they will come out in these searches. That is why I recommend that you first search with the phrase “gift + [the piece of furniture you are looking for]”.
You can search in any of these applications:
It is not uncommon to see people urgently to get rid of them. The normal thing is that they are floors that have to be emptied and by giving them away they get someone else to take them out of the house.
If they cannot sell or give them away, they will have to take them to the clean-up point. The moves are usually quite exhausting, so if someone facilitates their work they will not mind giving them away.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook has a marketplace that works in the same way as Walla pop or Vibo. You just have to enter it (you have the link in the menu on the left on Facebook) and look for the furniture in your city.
In this case, the Facebook Marketplace has an advantage, since it offers you the option to check a box with which to show you only the free products.
This way it will be enough for you to put the furniture you want in the search engine and check that box.
4. Talk to the previous tenant
When you are going to move into a home you have to think that the previous tenant has to make the move. In these cases, it is very common for some furniture to be thrown away.
Tell him that you are looking for furniture and maybe he will leave you some. The benefit is twofold: you avoid that if you throw away a piece of furniture and the other tenant will have less work in the move.
5. Ask family and friends
You may be surprised by the amount of furniture in the houses that are not thrown away out of laziness. Tell your acquaintances about the furniture you need and you can get some.
Take advantage of the power of social networks and WhatsApp as well. It costs you nothing to put what you are looking for and you can get it completely free.
6. Take a drive
This technique is the ” least elegant ” of all. It consists of going around your city looking for the containers. It is normal for furniture to end up in the trash, but it is always left next to the container so that someone can use it.
Do this only in cases where you see the furniture in good condition and when you bring it home, give it a good cleaning. You will have more possibilities if you search at the end of the course or during the summer months. This time of year is when people often move house and will shed some furniture.
With mattresses and sofas, it is not recommended, but you can find tables, shelves, dressers … people throw everything away!
7. Approach the clean point of your city
This last option is very interesting, but you have to like the clean point employee. It is about approaching and talking to the manager to save the furniture you are looking for.
He is always present and sees what people are going to throw away. If someone is going to dispose of a piece of furniture in good condition, they can ask to put it aside instead of throwing it into the container.
It will notify you when there is one and you can come to pick it up. In the end, it is best to give the furniture a new use without passing through the container, so if you ask politely, it will not mind helping you.
Precautions When Looking For Free Furniture
When you are searching in the trading applications of objects you should be careful of false advertisements. It is important that if they offer you a free piece of furniture you never make a payment by hand or by transfer. It does not matter what excuse they give you.
I also recommend that you bring all the necessary materials to transport furniture. A wheelbarrow will be very useful, but an old blanket to protect it during transport is also a good idea.
How to get cheap furniture
To get furniture at a good price you can repeat the first sections of the beginning of the post, only that instead of looking for free furniture what you should do is look for bargains. However, there are other possibilities with which to find cheap furniture without having to resort to the second-hand market.
1. Damaged furniture at IKEA
Did you know that IKEA has a furniture section with minor flaws? These are products that have been exposed or that have received a blow and can no longer be sold with the rest of the furniture.
What they do is offer them at a lower price, and you can find real bargains. Not everyone knows this section. It is usually at the end of the route, next to the boxes, and people are already tired at this point and with their purchase made.
Whenever we go to IKEA, we take a look and several times we have taken a product at a very good price. To find the furniture, look at the labels on the boxes. When they are still packed it costs a bit to identify which piece of furniture it is, so you can find very interesting pieces of furniture.
2. Amazon offers
The electronic giant constantly offers on some of its products, including also the furniture section. To find this furniture you will have to go to the offers section that you will find on the main page.