When you’re doing home improvements, one of the most-effective, and most-costly, solutions can be swapping out your flooring for hard wood.
New packets of wood are expensive – and while laminate and wood-effect flooring can be a cheap alternative, it doesn’t have the lasting power of true wood.
Luckily, one savvy bargain-hunter has revealed a clever way to lay down wooden flooring without spending mega-bucks.
Ellen Humphries, 56, is a retired mum of one from Glasgow and a member of the popular Facebook group Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK.
Here, on the saving-mad page, she shared her top tips and garnered over 3,000 likes and 450 comments for her genius hack.
Ellen said that she wanted to renovate her dining room and kitchen floors, but that buying the wood alone would have cost her £290.
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Instead, Ellen asked the shop’s manager if there were any open packets she could choose from at a discounted price.
In the end, the super-saver ended up snagging 18 square meters of wood for just £70.
She posted photos of her beautifully-laid flooring with the caption: “These are my beautiful new dining room and kitchen floors.
“It would have been £290 to choose one shade, but I asked the shop if they had any open packets in the back I could choose to make up what I needed.”
She added: “I now we’re all in different places, but it might inspire some of you to ask like i did.
“My friend did something similar with carpet ends for his stairs too!”
In a final piece of advise she wrote: “I need to say… it all needs to be the same manufacturer and it’s probably only smaller stores that will let you rummage in the back room.
“Thank you everyone, I am blown away by your support, like all of you money is tight so needs must.”
The end result of her shopping was a wonderful, four-toned floor which looked expertly installed.
Ellen told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I need to find as much as I can on sale or come up with ways to afford what I want and need.
"To buy this floor from any walk-in shop would have been £290. I didn't have this. So, I was thinking outside the box.
She continued: “I told my family and friends but they didn't think it was a good idea.
“I then had a word with the joiner that was going to fit it. He just said, ‘It's vital that it is all the same manufacturer as the click system would need to be the same’.
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She added: “I told the joiner to make sure he picked up a different board from the one before and use all the cutoffs too. I even had enough left to do the risers on my stairs too!”
Making off with an impressive saving of £220, Ellen’s creative thinking sure did the trick.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Wooden flooring is a luxurious part of any home, but finding the wood can be an expensive process. Ellen’s tips are fantastic: all you need to do is find a friendly manager who will let you rummage in the back room of the shop and you can install wood flooring in your house for a fraction of the cost!"
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