How to Furnish Your Home for Less

September 13, 2015

When you move into a new home, you have to furnish it. While this might not be difficult most of the time, it is when it’s your first home. It can also be harder if you’re moving to a considerably smaller or larger home than your last one. Finding the right items for your new place can take you a long time, and it can cost you a lot of money. If you want to get all your furniture for less, there are several ways that you can spend less. Try some of the following methods, from making your own to grabbing a bargain.

Buy Second-hand

Your furniture doesn’t need to be brand new. Sure, you can find some good deals if you go shopping for new pieces. But you might have to compromise on quality if you want everything to come straight from the manufacturer. Another option is to buy pre-owned furniture, which is still solid after years of use. If it’s been used before, and it still looks almost new, you know that it’s good quality. Look for places to get second-hand items, including yard sales and websites such as eBay, Etsy or Craigslist. You could make some fantastic savings if you find the right pieces for your home.

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Vintage Ccoffee table – found on Etsy

Make Your Own

You may not have made any furniture before, but it can be much easier than you would think. Making simple items such as tables and stools isn’t very complicated at all. If you find the right method of adhesive bonding and materials, you don’t even need to use nails.

DIY hammock chair - Source

DIY hammock chair – Source

As well as creating things from scratch, you can find items that you can repurpose and recycle. Some good places to look include Pinterest or Lifehack. For example, many people use wooden pallets to build all kinds of things, from bookshelves to coffee tables.


Bedframe – found on Etsy

Beg, Borrow (But Don’t Steal)

You might be surprised by how generous friends and family can be when you move into a new place. In fact, you’ll probably find that you know people who are desperate to get rid of some of their furniture. If it’s not quite to your taste, there are ways of making changes to suit you. For example, you can paint wooden furniture so that it’s a nicer color.


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Upholstered chairs and sofas can be reupholstered so they have fabric that you prefer. Don’t be afraid to ask around to see if anyone has anything that you can have or even borrow.

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Look Out for Bargains

There are always furniture deals advertised on TV and elsewhere. But you have to make sure that these so-called special offers are actually worth the money. Every time you see something discounted, make sure you check to see whether it was ever worth the original price. There are lots of places where you can look for a fantastic deal. Try online if you don’t know where to start.

pink sofa

You don’t have to spend a fortune on furnishing your home. Use these tips and you can save yourself a lot of money.


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