Whether you’re moving into a home of your own for the first time or are moving into an unfurnished property for the first time, finding furniture for your home on a budget can be a daunting prospect. The good news, however, is that it’s surprisingly easy to acquire furniture on the cheap as long as you know where to look and what to avoid.
Keys to Getting Quality Furniture for Next to Nothing
Some top tips before you begin:
- Don’t buy everything at one time – start with the essentials and then, as you have more available funds, you can buy extra items as needed.
- Color isn’t necessarily the be all and end all – if you’re looking for matching pieces and coordinating items you might really struggle when shopping on a budget. Go for an eclectic look with non-matching items and you’ll have a visually appealing apartment.
- You don’t need as much furniture as you think – we are often conditioned to think that we need lots of furniture for an apartment to feel like home, however that isn’t the case at all. Minimalist rooms can still be very attractive, and you’ll have the added bonus of being able to move more freely in your space.
- You can get quality with expense – just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to have poor quality furniture. If you know where to shop you can still find well made, high quality items at a fraction of the cost of buying from a mainstream store. Junk shops, garage sales, Craigslist and eBay are just some of the places where you can pick up a bargain.
So, where do you begin when looking for affordable furniture? Here is some helpful advice.
Plan In Advance
If you go into a furniture store and browse you’re sure to end up buying a lot more than you need and spending a lot more than you can afford. Before you even start shopping make a wish list of all the essential items that you absolutely can’t live without in your new apartment. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for will make sure you don’t end up buying an extra side table or too many chests of drawers.
Go To Thrift Stores
Just because some of the items you’ll find at a thrift store are garbage doesn’t mean that everything is. Frequent visitors often find fantastic second hand furniture which is sturdy and well-made and which comes at a fraction of the cost of a brand new piece. Garage sales, consignment shops and antiques shops could also be an option for anyone who is on a tight budget.
Most people turn first to the internet when selling their old unwanted items, and this means that you can pick up a bargain when shopping on sites like eBay and Craigslist. You can find furniture for every room of your home, from beds to sofas and from dining tables to wardrobes, all at a price you can afford. As an added bonus, many of those items will be from major brands and will be strong, durable and long lasting giving you impressive value for money.
Whether you’re buying from Craigslist or from a garage sale, it’s always worth trying to haggle. Many people who sell their unwanted items in this way are happy to negotiate a price and don’t usually expect to get the amount that they’re asking for. In this way, you can get even more for your money.
A Coordinated Collection
Whether buying furniture from a store or from an eBay seller, you’ll usually have to arrange collection yourself and that can cause the costs to mount up exponentially. Hiring a van on several occasions to pick up different items can end up costing you just as much as going to a standard furniture store and buying at full price. The solution to this is to take a coordinated approach. Wherever possible arrange all of the collections for the same day and rent a large enough truck to accommodate all of the items. This will help you to stay within your budget. If this isn’t possible, try to collect as many of the smaller items in your own or a friend’s car.
The Benefits Of Second Hand Furniture
Although some people don’t like the idea of using second hand pieces in their home, there are a number of advantages that come with used pieces, and not all of them are financial. Buying second hand often means that you’re getting a robust and well-constructed piece that will last for many years at a fraction of the cost of a brand new, less durable, item. You’ll also minimize the hassle of having to assemble flat-packed items, which is one of the most frustrating things about buying furniture from new.