Where to source quality second-hand furniture

Buying furniture second-hand is an affordable and environmentally-friendly way of picking up unique, high quality items.

Whilst flatpack, store-bought furniture may be cheap and cheerful, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination and its production and transportation can be very damaging to the environment.

Reclaiming high quality second-hand furniture offers excellent value for money, produces zero carbon emissions and saves materials.

Next time you need to replace a wardrobe or acquire an additional chair, try browsing second-hand furniture before hitting the shops.

Friends and family– Your first port of call when looking for second-hand furniture could be friends and family. If you let people know what you’re looking for you may find that you already know someone with a suitable item that they’re willing to gift, trade or sell to you. Even if no one you know has anything suitable, they can then keep an eye out elsewhere for suitable items.

Reclamation yards– Reclamation businesses are constantly sourcing and salvaging used furniture, so you’re likely to find a new treasure every time you visit. As well as standard reclaimed items, you may be able to pick up some beautifully restored or upcycled pieces.

Online– The internet has now made it simple for individuals to advertise their second-hand furniture for sale. Browse listings on Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, Preloved, and eBay to find people local to you selling the type of furniture you’re looking for.

Antique shops– Whilst antique shops may not be the cheapest place to buy second-hand furniture, you will find that the quality of the items for sale is usually very high. Most items will have been repaired and restored to their former glory and have many more years of use left in them.

Charity shops– Browsing charity shops can be time-consuming as they stock furniture of varying levels of quality and condition. Whilst some of the furniture on sale may be of low quality, it makes it all the more satisfying when you do find a real bargain.