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This is your call to join the circular economy – are you with us?

Our homes have a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Living in poor quality housing without proper flooring, curtains or furniture has a devastating impact on people’s self esteem – and yet most social housing is given to families completely bare. These might be houses, but they’re not homes.

Women and children who are rehoused in empty flats after leaving abusive relationships find themselves plunged into poverty at the most vulnerable time in their lives. Families already struggling to make ends meet cannot stretch their shrinking household budgets to afford basic items like beds, sofas or curtains.

That’s where we come in. Furnishing Futures takes furniture and homewares donated by the interiors industry and our incredible supporters and creates healing homes that support women and children’s wellbeing and raise self esteem. We support families by creating beautiful homes, designed well.

Our founder

Emily Wheeler is a registered social worker with more than fifteen years’ experience in frontline social work. She is also a trained interior designer and a respected interiors writer and stylist who’s written for The Sunday Times Style, Stella, Ideal Home, Red, Guardian Weekend, The Simple Things, Homes & Antiques, Elle Decoration, Grazia, 25 Beautiful Homes and many others, and she is the author of Creative Living London (Thames & Hudson). 

About Emily

As a social worker, Emily worked with hundreds of women and children experiencing domestic abuse, adversity and multiple disadvantages, supporting them to create safer and more comfortable lives for their families. All too often, these families were rehoused in cold, empty flats with no beds, chairs, curtains, or even an oven. 

Emily realised she could combine her social work skills with her passion for sustainable interiors. Furnishing Futures was founded from Emily’s kitchen in 2019 as an innovative solution to the two unsustainable problems of furniture poverty and interiors industry waste.


Sep 27, 2022

Press: Country & Town House Magazine

Furnishing Futures was named a "Life Changing Initiative" in the September/October 2022 edition of Country & Town...

Aug 30, 2022

Press: The Independent Happy List 2022

Emily was named in The Independent newspapers "Happy List 2022: The Independent celebrates 50 inspirational people ma...

Aug 26, 2022

Press: Evening Standard

Furnishing Futures were featured in an exclusive article in the Interiors section of the Evening Standard. Excerpt: ...
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