We don’t always buy new furniture to be able to do something self-indulgent like changing the look of a room. Sometimes, we just need to buy the stuff, because furniture, you know, doesn’t last forever. Sometimes we just know that a bed or couch is on its last legs and we begin saving up. At other times, the need just creeps on us and surprises us. Either way, furniture can be quite an unaffordable expense to many of us. The great thing though is that the market offers us all kinds of ways of getting that inexpensive furniture these days for less.
Buying good quality furniture is about the hardest shopping enterprise you’ll ever venture into. A furniture purchase is like buying a car or an appliance – it’s something you have to live with for a long time. And yet, it’s far harder to buy furniture because it doesn’t come branded (most often).
It’s pretty hard often to find reviews about furniture on the Internet and such. This can be especially true when you’re trying to go for inexpensive furniture. Your first step however would be to go online and get the lay of the land. It can be very helpful to go in to the stores looking for furniture at first – when you don’t even know what the range is supposed to be.
Quality furniture websites like Pottery Barn, IKEA and Overstock are great not just for the pricing information they can give you; they’re great for the quality information too. You learn a lot about what kind of quality is considered acceptable today for the price.
If you’re someone who plans to change things around in your home in the next five years, going with inexpensive and cheaply constructed furniture wouldn’t be a bad idea. It will look exactly the same as higher-priced stuff the whole time. The only thing that you sacrifice in buying it is your ability to keep it past five years.
Of course, the outlet centers can be great for inexpensive furniture too. As long as you take care to check to see if you’re really getting a bargain, they can be great. This can be true of the warehouse clubs like Costco too (lots of people don’t really realize that Costco sells furniture).
That’s only if you’re looking for new furniture though. Does buying used kind of sound cheap to you? It doesn’t have to. Not when you consider what you can get. At thrift stores like Goodwill, you can easily get
great dining sets, for instance, for all of $100. All you need to do is to get it refinished for another $100 and you just saved yourself $1000 over what you would have had to spend buying new. If you’re buying used, make sure that you aren’t overlooking any damage that is hard to hide.
Estate sales and the classifieds can be great hunting grounds for inexpensive furniture too.