Let’s be honest here — buying furniture is expensive, even if you’re only buying one piece at a time. So, filling a new apartment or home with everything you need can seem like an intimidating proposition. The trick here is to find the most affordable furniture, but you don’t want to choose the cheapest option because it might just fall apart on you. If you’re in a new space or just want to redecorate, it’s not impossible to find furniture on a budget.
Where can you find high quality, low budget furniture to help furnish your new home? Here are five places to look.
1. Estate Sales
If you like vintage furniture, you can expect to pay a pretty penny at an antique dealer. They make their money selling this highly coveted furniture, but you can bypass the dealer entirely by making a trip to local estate sales.
What you find will depend on what was purchased over the years by the owner of the estate, but the goal of these sales isn’t profit — that’s just a benefit. The goal is to get rid of furniture and other belongings that the children of the deceased either don’t want or have no room for, which means that you may find some hidden gems for a fraction of the price you would pay in an antique shop. Just make sure you’ve got a way to haul your prizes home.
2. Big Box Stores
While you won’t find any vintage pieces here, it can be a great budget-friendly way to furnish your home. Many, like Wal-Mart, allow you to ship large pieces to their store rather than to your home, which can help save you quite a bit of money on freight shipping fees.
It won’t be the highest quality furniture — especially if you opt for the flat-pack particle board pieces that they carry in store — but it can be a great budget-friendly option. Avoid shopping during Black Friday and other big shopping seasons. The sales might seem great, but the sellers only mark up their prices and then offer significant discounts so you end up saving a bit less than you may think.
3. Thrift Shops
Estate sales are great, but if you don’t live somewhere that has frequent estate sales, thrift shops can be a great option — as long as you don’t mind your furniture being a little bit mismatched. Browse your local thrift shops — especially if you have one nearby that resells old hotel furniture. You may be able to find some great pieces for a fraction of the cost of buying it new.
If you don’t have a truck, thrift shops can be a great option because some also offer a delivery option for a fee.
4. Friends and Family
If you’ve got friends or family members upgrading their own home’s furnishing, they can be an excellent resource for picking up some free or cheap furniture — as long as it’s in good shape. Chances are, it will be decently vintage, and you may even get lucky enough to pick something up that matches your home’s current furnishings.
Remember — beggars can’t be choosers. Free furniture is awesome, so don’t complain because the upholstery is the wrong color. Plus, since it’s low-cost stuff, you can always DIY it.
5. Rent to Own
Companies like Rent-A-Center, Arron’s and other similar companies can be an excellent — albeit expensive — way to furnish your home. As long as you have a steady job and can make your monthly payments, you can furnish your entire home.
Although it is more expensive overall due to higher prices and interest rates, it can be a great option if you don’t have the funds to buy the furniture outright. Plus, if you don’t have a lot of credit history, this can help you build your credit, as well. All of these rent-to-own places report to the major credit bureaus so if you keep up with your payments, it reflects positively on your credit report.
Creatively Find Furniture on a Budget
Whether you’re furnishing your first place or need a couple of new pieces to bring a room together, you don’t have to break the bank to do it. It just might take a couple of extra trips and some exploring to find the perfect pieces of furniture for your home.