Can you believe that 22 million pieces of furniture are thrown out each year in the UK?
It's a huge number, yet this attitude needs to change - not only to cut down on the amount of good pieces of furniture going to waste, but also to help the environment.
So, if you're something of a beginner to upcycling your furniture, what do you need to consider?
Well, these tips from Mattress Online reveal all...
1. Due diligence
Make sure you look at the experiences of those who have more knowledge. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram are good places to start if you're in need of inspiration.
Don’t limit your thoughts - this is your chance to think outside the box. For example, how about ladders? They provide a stylish alternative to shelving. If you need a new coffee table, why try an old suitcase? You get the idea.
3. Preparation is crucial
Ensure you have everything that you could need to hand before starting (this includes paint brushes and tools). The next stage is to make sure you've cleaned and sanded everything carefully, before starting, as this gives the best finish you could hope for.
4. Pick a durable material
Whether you're decoupaging or using fabric for your projects, it’s crucial to find the right colours and patterns. You need to prioritise durability or else you risk giving yourself more work in the long run.
5. Seize the initiative
No matter how much planning goes in, there's still the chance that a surprise could occur. Therefore, make sure you're ready to deal with anything that could arise.