Flipping Furniture for a Monthly Income
Flipping furniture has become not only a fun hobby but also a way to earn extra cash or bring in a monthly income, so here's how to put your DIY skills to good use.
When times are tough, most people are willing to give anything a try to bring in much-needed income to supplement their earnings. Whatever your skillset or talent, with some creative thinking and a good mindset you can set yourself up with a side hustle that will bring in extra funds, or even become a full-time job. Flipping furniture has gone from being an insta-worthy post into a full-on business and people around the globe are flipping furniture as a way to bring in income.
If you are interested in flipping furniture for a living, there are a few things to keep in mind and more than a few tips and tricks that you can use to your advantage, so read on for more information.
What is Flipping Furniture?
The phrase 'flipping furniture' was coined by the social media trend of taking an old or damaged piece of furniture and 'flipping' it into something different. There are thousands of examples of flipped furniture on social media sites such as Instagram, TikTok, and others, and the majority of these show how you can easily flip an ugly piece into something outstanding using nothing more than your imagination and creative talents.
The concept behind flipping furniture is to discover old pieces of furniture that would probably end up on the trash heap or chopped us as firewood - something that costs very little and will not take too much effort or cost too much to flip into something great. And the best thing is that you can do what you do best to tackle any repairs, do modifications and finish off the piece according to what's trending.
If you enjoy restoring furniture or giving old furniture a new look and you have a creative mind, this might be just the thing for you. Put together a plan and start looking around for ideas.
View this project below on Instagram to see how hannah rose flipped a dated cabinet into a valuable piece.
Hannah rose carefully selects the best products for her flipped furniture and most of which you can buy locally.
Follow visual step-by-step instructions to build up your skills for your own flipping furniture projects.
Get Started Flipping Furniture
Want to give it a go? The first step will be to find a good source for furniture. Check out sites such as Gumtree or Bid or Buy, or join groups on Facebook where people are selling furniture at a decent price. It also pays to keep an eye out in your neighbourhood to see who might be moving and who might want to get rid of excess furniture. There are plenty of ways to get your hands on low-priced furniture that just needs a bit of love to flip it for a profit. Set up a Facebook page of your own and offer to buy furniture for cash. You only need one piece to get the ball rolling, as well as a few supplies that you can pick up at any Builders store.
Flipping Furniture for Income
First and foremost, be careful what you spend and assess each piece carefully. In the beginning stages, you will want to keep your overheads or running costs as low as possible until you establish a reputation and regular income. Shop for bargains at Builders or keep an eye out for special offers on paint and materials.
Assess every piece of furniture that you look at for signs of damage and estimate how much any repair work will cost. Cracks and chips can be easily fixed, but missing or damaged pieces will cost more. If it is upholstered furniture, make sure that the bones of the piece are strong and that only cosmetic details need to be replaced.
You will also need a place to set up a workshop that won't interfere with your lifestyle. This can be a spare room at home, in the garage, garden shed, or a gazebo that you can set up outdoors.
Selling your Flipped Furniture
There are plenty of online resources at your fingertips and Facebook Marketplace has become a popular platform for South Africans to sell anything, whether second-hand, handmade crafts, baked goods, or services. It's a free resource that you can make good use of until you can afford to advertise or set up your own website.
With all the above in mind, take a deep breath, finalise your plan and get to work on setting everything in motion. If there is one saying that I truly believe it is that you won't know until you try. Over the years, I have had many successful ventures and a few failures along the way but discovered that there is no better way to succeed than taking a risk.
Choosing the best products for your flipped furniture projects not only makes your job easier, but also ensures a professional finish.