Give new life to old furniture
It's amazing how much furniture our homes can accumulate over time.
However, if you're finding that the couch is faded, the armchairs don't match, or the clutter in the lounge is messing with your feng shui, here are some zero waste options for updating and decluttering your living space. Get your faithful old couch or arm chair recovered. To find someone who can do this, just look up "Upholstery" in the Yellow Pages or online directory.
For an easy furniture facelift, just measure up and buy (or make) some couch or armchair covers. These can come in various fabrics, colours and sizes to fit one, two or three seaters. Even a nice blanket and a cushion can make a difference to a ripped and tired old chair.
If you want to declutter, you can advertise excess furniture on Trade Me or in the newspaper classifieds. Remember, its possible that your old, chipped dining table might be somebody else's shabby chic treasure.
If you don't have the time or inclination to advertise, just ask around your friends and family to see if anyone needs to furnish a holiday house, spare room or student flat.
Another great alternative for unwanted furniture is to drop it off to a charity store like Habitat for Humanity, a secondhand dealer, or the recycling area or shop at your local transfer station. For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre.
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The Southland Times