London is an incredibly transient city- people move in and out of London every single day. This means that there is a huge market for second hand furniture in London. It won’t take you long to find that special piece you are looking for.
Sourcing second hand furniture in London is also a great way to save money- have you seen the cost of a brand new sofa?! And has the added bonus of being eco-friendly too. When you shop second hand, you’re also more likely to find unique items, that are made to last a lifetime, rather than cheaper modern alternatives that aren’t built from quality materials.
Cheap Furniture In London
Finding cheap furniture in London is actually surprisingly easier than you may think. With so many people moving in and out of London, people are often desperate to get rid of their unwanted furniture- which means it’s usually priced cheaply for a quick sell. It’s even possible to find free furniture in London if you know where to look!
Most of the ideas in this article for sourcing second hand furniture in London will also be places where you can find cheap furniture too. There really is no need to spend money on brand new furniture when you can get great quality second hand pieces for a fraction of the cost.
Where can I buy second hand furniture in London?
There are lots of places where you can buy second hand furniture in London- from your local community, dedicated second hand furniture stores, charity shops and of course online marketplaces.
Buy second hand furniture online
Local Facebook groups and Facebook marketplace are some of the best places to find second hand furniture online because it’s likely that the items are available in your local area. This means you can arrange to pick the items up easily without much additional cost.
Sellers on Facebook marketplace might also be open to negotiation- so make sure you message the owner of any items that catch your eye and see if you can grab a bargain. However, it’s important to note that when a price has been arranged, you do not try and negotiate when you pick up the item! Once a price has been agreed, it’s bad etiquette to try and negotiate with the seller on their doorstep.
Not only is eBay an excellent place for sourcing second hand clothing, it’s also the place to go if you want to browse a large amount of cheap second hand furniture.
eBay is a particularly good site to use because of the volume of items listed for sale. Many sellers will also be willing to arrange delivery for furniture- especially if they are full time furniture dealers on the platform.
However, there is also a large amount of furniture which will be collection only- you can filter the search results by location so that you can see the ‘collection only’ items available in your local area. You are more likely to get a better deal in this section if you are able to collect the item yourself.
Shpock is an app-based marketplace where you can search for furniture and other household items using your location. Users will sometimes list items for free on the app, and others will list furniture and other items for great prices.
Most items on Shpock will be collection only, so again, search for items within your area that you are happy to pick up yourself.
Gumtree is the original online classifieds site where you can buy and sell pretty much anything. Furniture and household items are a popular category on the site- and you can definitely pick up a bargain. There are no fees for the sellers (unlike eBay) which means that people are more likely to list larger items on Gumtree than they are on eBay.
You can again search for furniture based on your location, and set an additional radius that you are willing to travel to, to pick up furniture. Gumtree should definitely be a consideration if you are able to pick up furniture yourself.
Preloved is another online marketplace where you can find second hand, retro and vintage furniture. As well as furniture you can also find items such as curtains, iron and ironing board, lamps and everything else you might need to furnish your home.
With over 7 million members, the site is one of the largest in the UK, so it’s well worth searching the site for beautiful second hand pieces.
Second hand furniture shops in London
Aside from apps and online marketplaces, you can source second hand furniture from specialist second hand and charity shops in London which specifically deal with furniture and homeware. There is certainly no shortage of used furniture stores in London.
Specialist Furniture Charity Shops
If you want to give to charity whilst grabbing yourself a bargain, head to one of the many specialist furniture charity shops in London.
British Heart Foundation
There are lots of British Heart Foundation furniture & electrical stores throughout London. All BHF furniture & electrical stores are a great size, with lots of affordable second hand pieces to browse.
Locations include Old Kent Road, Brixton, Holloway, Wandsworth, Walthamstow and more. Find your nearest store here.
Royal Trinity Hospice
Royal Trinity Hospice have a ton of stores throughout London, but if you’re local to West London, you’ll want to check out their dedicated furniture store. Located in Putney, there is just about everything here from beds, to décor, to rugs and more.
I personally visited this store when completing my guide to the Best Charity Shops In West London, so take a look at that guide for more details on prices and products found at that store.
The British Red Cross have specialist furniture and electrical stores across the country, with one store located in Fulham, south London.
If you’re able to go a little further afield, there are also dedicated Red Cross furniture and electrical stores in Redhill and East Grinstead. Find your nearest furniture store using there store finder here.
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Used Furniture Stores In London
If you’re perhaps looking for second hand furniture in a popular retro or vintage style, you might want to head to a second hand furniture store which doesn’t have an affiliation to a charity. The pieces are more likely to be restored and carefully selected by knowledgeable furniture dealers- they’ve already done the hard work for you!
The Old Cinema
An absolute gem found in Chiswick, you could spend an entire afternoon browsing the gorgeous retro and vintage furniture, homeware and trinkets in The Old Cinema. The store is deceptively large, and pieces get snapped up in an instant. So if you fall in love, don’t hesitate for too long before buying!
You’ll see the store a mile off with its bright cinematic lights above the entrance, follow @theoldcinema on Instagram to keep up to date with new stock.
Head to Stoke Newington if you fancy checking out this curiosity shop in North London. With lots of vintage furniture, collectibles and art.
Retro Hub spills out onto the street with their quirky home furnishings, reclaimed items, and even garden furniture.
The Used Kitchen Company
Perhaps a little more niche than other second hand furniture stores that have been mentioned so far, but a super helpful one!
The Used Kitchen Company sell second hand kitchens, and the furniture that goes in it. They are located in West London, but you can check out their website to see what they’re all about.
Based in Islington, After Noah is a family-owned store that has been around since the 1930s. Expect to find vintage furniture, lighting and even furniture and toys for children.
The store has a workshop on site, which means that they restore furniture to its former glory here, and then sell these beautiful pieces to their customers.
Most of the pieces sold at Little Paris are sourced from France- with some pieces dating back to 1800! Each month new pieces are sourced, so keep checking the store for newness.
You’ll find vintage furniture, lighting and décor pieces at this store- located in Crouch End.
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Where can I get free furniture in London?
Lots of London residents will leave unwanted furniture out on the street- but if you’d rather not going trawling the streets of London for free furniture you could check the Freebies section of Gumtree.
Gumtree has an entire section dedicated to free stuff! Just pop in your postcode to see the free furniture that people are giving away in your area. Of course, you’ll have to arrange collection yourself, but if you have a large car or van (or your friend does!) this won’t be a problem.
You’ve probably also heard of Freecycle, the charity dedicated to reusing and recycling unwanted belongings- including furniture!
Check out local ‘buy nothing’ Facebook groups where users will often list free, unwanted furniture. You could also arrange a swap where you swap one item of furniture for another- Swaprs is a particularly good new website which facilitates this.
Where can I buy vintage furniture for cheap?
To get vintage furniture as cheaply as possible- your best bet are specialist charity shops. However, you could be waiting for weeks for the right vintage piece to turn up in your local stores.
The next best places to buy vintage furniture cheaply is on marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy. On these marketplaces you will be able to search for very specific items- and many sellers will help you to arrange delivery to your home from theirs.
eBay is likely to be a little cheaper than Etsy, but you are more likely to find specialist retro and vintage pieces on Etsy as many sellers on the site specialise in these furniture items.
Top Tips When Shopping Second Hand:
- Check for functionality- check whether you need to do any repairs before buying
- Check for stains, scratches and permanent marks
- Measure your home before shopping
- Bring a tape measure with you!