How can I give my London room some personality?
July 14, 2010 3:58 AM Subscribe
Where in London can I get nice, cheap things to decorate my room?
posted by cloudbuster to home & garden (17 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I've been living here for about 9 months but my (fairly small) room is still quite bare. The furnishings I have are pretty horrible -- they're that sort of shiny veneered plywood that is common in cheap housing -- and I'd like to give my room a bit more personality.
Where in London is a good place to get things like bedsheets, throws (to cover the horrible furniture), curtains, plants, and things for my wall that are nice without being too expensive? I'm not too pushed about them being old or in a worn condition, so long as they make the room somewhere I won't feel depressed about spending a weekend writing in. In the back of my mind, I would love new furniture but I guess that that's going to be out of my price range. I can definitely live with covering things up.
I've thought of markets but the only one that came to mind for stuff like this is Portobello Market, which is pricey. I've also considered skipping (ie, dumpster diving) but I have no idea where I'd do that. All the charity shops I've been to in London are pretty bad.
I'm in North London (Islington), but travelling is fine. I don't have a much to spend, and I'd really appreciate suggestions that take account of this, but I'm sure there must be places and things out there for someone without a lot of money. Thank you!