You’ve done it- you’re in a new home! Whether you decided to move out of your parents’ basement or are moving from a house of your own to a larger one, furnishing is a step that every homeowner has to go through at some point. The question that remains isn’t whether you’re going to have to buy furniture at some point, but rather how to go about doing it in an effective, low-cost manner.
Here are some tips on furnishing your home, at little cost:
1. Take stock
When it comes to furnishing your home, a good first step would be to take stock of your current situation. What do you currently have? What do you need? What do you want? These are all questions you need to ask yourself at the start of the process. You may also want to go through what you currently have, getting rid of what you no longer want.
2. Determine your style
There’s no sense in furnishing your apartment if you don’t have a clear idea of your desired style. Be sure to take into account your budget, as some styles are easier to do on a tight budget than others.
3. Start with the free stuff
Sure, you’re going to need to buy some things if you want to furnish your apartment in an appropriate mixture of taste and thrift. That being said, there are a couple of ways to acquire furniture without purchasing it. Start by checking out Craiglist.com, looking to your local area under “for sale” and searching for the subcategory “free.” You can also ask friends and family if they have any furniture they don’t need, or hop on social media to let people know you’re willing to take their old furniture.
4. Go for quality
While it may be tempting to furnish your home with the cheapest possible materials, it’s important to purchase those that will stand the test of time. You don’t want to buy a number of low-cost chairs that’ll require another purchase in 3 months once they start cracking.
5. Be patient
Don’t buy all of your furniture at once, even if your budget can afford it. You’re better served starting small and focusing on one room at a time, so you’re happy with each purchase. When you make the decision to move into a new place, you’re likely planning to stay there for a reasonable length of time. Settle in!