Whether you are moving into a new space, or re-designing your current home, furniture will almost certainly be one of the largest expenses you’ll encounter. This article will assist you with the challenge of keeping your budget in check while shopping for furniture. Each of these methods are sure to help you save.
First, you must make one very simple decision. This will have a huge impact on the options you have for saving money on your new furniture.
You must decide which you value more: price or quality. This is especially true for the ready to assemble furniture method. In the methods following RTA furniture, you can still find quality furniture for a bargain if you check each piece carefully before purchase. In any case, take your time selecting furniture for your home.
1) RTA (Ready to Assemble) / IKEA:
Ready to Assemble furniture is a well-known method for furnishing on a budget. Not only is it inexpensive, it is also less strenuous to transport flat-packed furniture than trying to move large and bulky furniture. The disadvantages include: questionable quality, time consuming assembly, possibility for missing parts, and lesser furniture durability.
The most commonly referred RTA furniture store is, without a doubt, IKEA. The store has a wide range of both quality and price within their products. Their selection offers a variety of styles, but they offer mostly modern or minimalist furnishings.
2) Secondhand Furniture:
Secondhand includes any furniture that is pre-owned. So, any pre-owned piece purchased on craigslist, eBay, thrift stores, or garage sales. This is the easiest method to find quality furniture for a bargain. Keep in mind, however, that every piece is being sold for a reason. The reason might be bed bugs, broken components, stains, etc. All in all, it is always best to check a piece thoroughly before purchasing.
3) Restoring Existing Furniture:
Furniture restoration can be a difficult task. However, it is also a great option for a DIY alternative. There are many options for methods to restore furniture of all kinds. These include painting, staining, and other methods. If you are using furniture that you already own, you will already know about any faults the piece has, and be able to restore it accordingly, which can be a huge advantage. If you are an artistic person, this method can also be a great project for a creative outlet. In any case, customizing your existing furniture has a multitude of benefits. Aside from time consuming methods, there are very few disadvantages to this choice.
4) Coupons and Discounts:
Coupons and Discounts can certainly make a great difference in the final cost of new, store-bought furniture. You can find coupons, discount options, and more by searching online and by looking on furniture store websites and catalogs. For example, IKEA often runs a moving sale that gives you a dollar discount if you sign up and you are moving. Many other furniture stores offer similar discounts and coupons in a variety of locations.
5) Wait for Sales/Closeouts:
It is common for stores to run sales to clear out old merchandise and make room for newer models. Also, furniture with scratches or display models may be available for discounted prices. Every so often, a furniture store will close a location. In this case, it is common for the closing store to have a closeout or “Everything Must Go” sale. These sales often provide customers with an opportunity to buy new furniture at a great discount.
As you can see, there are several options for methods to help you save on furniture for your home. Whether you are buying new, used, or restoring existing pieces, it is entirely possible to furnish your space on a budget.