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Budget furniture that still looks amazing

May 9, 2018

According to a 2017 survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute that explored university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions found that students and professionals often underestimated the costs of renting a property. 49% believed that it would be their largest non-tuition expense and the report also found that 78% of applicants expected more financial advice from University to take with them in to their professional life.


So what can we take away from these figures? Young people are leaving university unsure of their finances moving forward and this can then become stressful and expensive. When you add a first job or a degree to this situation there's no wonder millennials have been dubbed "the most anxious generation ever".


At UOWN, we believe it's possible to not only have a great rental property but to also have budget furniture, comfort and style. This article lists many places you can find budget furniture that still looks amazing. Remember to share this with any of your friends and family that might be looking for affordable, trendy pieces.


Trendy Sofas & Chairs Under £200 

In a calm, dusky pink, this velvet tub sofa has a modern design that would sit perfectly in a communal area and can seat up to two people. Its compact size makes it a good option for smaller accommodations without sacrificing on style.

This tawny brown sofa is the perfect marriage of classic design with a contemporary edge and can work in a variety of interiors. The curvaceous shapes and button detailing are reminiscent of the British classic Chesterfield sofas, but at a much, much more affordable price point.


This luxurious fabric sofa also doubles as a bed, so if you end up doing some late night studying you don't have to drag yourself to your bedroom. Ultra contemporary, this sofa is finished with metal feet and charcoal grey fabric which will allow it to go with many different colour schemes. This is a good choice if you are going to be taking it with you to different places as it can go with a variety of design styles.


Simple but stylish, this Cameron sofa is great value for money and can fit in both modern and traditional interiors. Paired with a chevron patterned rug and simple floor lamp, it wouldn't take much to elevate this design and make it a warm focus point of your living area.


Tub chairs have long since been a favourite for trendsetters such as Taylor Swift, Hillary Duff and Kate Moss. The simple design gives you an opportunity to curl up, read a book or watch TV for hours without being uncomfortable.


Another contemporary choice, this chair is a bit more expensive than the others but it's certainly a lot cheaper than it's competitors of a similar style and quality. Pair with other light furniture choices for an airy, spacious feel.


This velvet cocktail chair is certainly one to make a statement, with a choice of vibrant colours including this amazing teal, you're sure to get a lot of compliments. Other colours include a grey and a sunshine yellow, so you have a range of designer-looking chairs to choose from without the price tag.

Dining Sets Under £150


This quaint little set from Wayfair is simplistic but charming in its rustic style. Made to be easy to clean and more of a temporary solution than a permanent fixture, this set is definitely a good idea for a smaller budget.


This set from Very is great in particular for small spaces. Giving you just enough room for the four sturdy chairs it comes with, this charming set is good value for money and stylish too.


A generously sized table and easy to clean faux leather chairs come in a dark colour that gives it a sleek and elevated look. Certainly looking more expensive than it is, this set gives your room a contemporary look which is versatile enough to be matched with different decor styles.


Designed to bring some modern style to your home, this budget dining set features sturdy metal legs and faux fur material covering the chairs. One of the best things about choosing Tesco for your furniture is that they have a free furniture collection service that supports the British Heart Foundation.

Double Beds Under £200


For a bed frame that appears more designer than discount, this Italian fabric bed is modern in style and very elegant, perfect for a monochrome space. Pair this bed with a simple bedside table and lamp with a coloured patterned rug underneath to give a pop of colour. 


If you're a fan of flat-pack furniture, Rio by Birlea might be the bed frame for you. Mixing both contemporary and traditional features, it will work in a range of interior styles.

Made from solid pine, this strong but simple bed frame from Sandhurst would work really well alongside Nordic decor because of its simplicity and light form. Purchase from Dreams who also offer free delivery. This is perfect if you're on a budget.

Mixing function with aesthetics, this Roma ottoman bed for a bargain price is perfect if you know you'll need quick storage solutions as well as comfort. The focal point of your room, this bed wouldn't need much to accompany it, so you can afford to be minimal with your decor.