Bargain-hunter bags £290 of wood flooring for £70 by snapping up planks from open packets – and is delighted with the ‘beautiful’ mismatched result
- Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, told how she bagged wood flooring for £70
- Revealed trick is to go into store and ask for opened packets in different shades
- Ellen added as long as it’s all from the same manufacturer they will all fit together
An ingenious bargain-hunter has revealed a clever way to bag wooden flooring for less.
Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, wanted to redo her dining room and kitchen floors, but buying new packets of wood in one shade would have cost £290.
So the thrifty homeowner asked the shop’s manager if they had open packets in the back that she could choose from, and ended up getting 18 square metres of wood flooring for just £70.
‘I need to find as much as I can on sale or come up with ways to afford what I want and need,’ the retired mum-of-one said, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
‘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.’
Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, has told how money was tight, so she thought up a clever plan to bag wood flooring on the cheap. Pictured, the new flooring in the homeowner’s kitchen
The thrifty homeowner asked the shop’s manager if they had open packets of wood flooring in the back that she could choose from. Pictured, the finished result
A chuffed Ellen (pictured) told how she ended up bagging 18 square metres of different coloured wood flooring for just £70, whereas purchasing new packets of wood in one shade would have cost £290
Savvy Ellen went on to explain how she began to wonder whether shops had any open packets with scratches or dents.
‘I realised the shop would not have enough of the same colour, so I thought I would ask for different shades of the same wood,’ she explained. ‘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”.’
Ellen headed off to her local shop, not entirely convinced whether a big company would do it for her.
‘I asked the manager whether I could have a look in his stock room,’ she continued. ‘We found more than I needed in pallets that were open or broken, so we made up 18 square metres.’
‘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.’
A delighted Ellen shared snaps of her new dining room and kitchen floors to Facebook, and they quickly racked up over 3, 000 likes (pictured)
Ellen told how she had to ensure the wooden flooring was from the same manufacturer as the click system would need to be the same. Pictured, the finished result
Offering advice to others, Ellen says the most important thing is to make sure you buy from the same manufacturers so all the bits of wood fit together properly.
‘Go around different shops asking about broken packets, but they must be the same manufacturers,’ she advised.
‘Think outside the box and ask for older stock. And remember, free samples of carpet can do smaller spaces. I haven’t done it, but you can also carpet your stairs with free carpet samples.’
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: ‘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’ It goes to show that haggling still works on the High Street and it’s worth a shot.’
Ellen, who transformed her floor on the cheap (pictured), also told how anyone could do the same in smaller spaces with free samples of carpet instead
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