As someone who is going to be moving into an apartment in just a few short months, I’ve started to look at things I’ll need such as furniture. However, the more and more I look, the more discouraged I become. I’m starting to realize that furniture is much more expensive than I anticipated and I wasn’t prepared to spend so much money on something to sleep on. Luckily I’ve thought of a few ways to spend little to no money on furniture.
1. Inexpensive stores
Some stores are notorious for having less expensive items for furnishing places. One of the most famous ones is IKEA. I’ve seen side tables for $10 compared to $70 ones at another retail store. Of course with that, you may have to put everything together yourself. However, I personally would rather spend less money on something I put together than something that cost a ton more. Plus I can say that I was able to build something that now serves a purpose in my house.
2. Thrift stores
If those prices are a little too high for you, you could always go to a secondhand shop or thrift store and see if you can find anything there. Some people may thing that these types of stores aren’t the best, but there are sometimes a couple of good finds laying around if you look hard enough. You could always find kitchen appliances, tables, chairs and even other items like decorations. And since most of the things are preowned, they can be found at a pretty good price, so you’ll be saving your wallet some trouble.
If you prefer to find things on the free end, you could always go to the people who know you best and want to help you out. Asking family for is a great strategy as you can go from your immediate family all the way through extended family. If you always walk past that table that hasn’t been used in 20 years, as if you can use it for your apartment. Since they do care about you, they may be willing to give it to you without a problem. Regarding friends, I personally have friends who are graduating and may not want to haul all off their furniture with them. There is usually a big area where people will drop off chairs, tables, even couches for people to just pick up. This is the best way as some of these people may live right where you’re living and that will be easier for transporting big items.
If you’re looking for an item with a specific color or shape, you could always just make it yourself. For example, if there is a blank wooden table for $10 and a pink wooden table for $100, it might be the better deal for you to just buy the blank one and paint it yourself. This might save you more money in the long run, especially if you’re going with a specific color theme for your room as you’ll then be able to buy that one can of spray paint or regular pain and use it for all of the items. That way you know everything will match and you buy less expensive items as your canvas.
Those were just a few tips I thought of as I was shopping for furniture. Being a college student, I’m learning how to budget and even though rent is very important, so is having a bed to sleep in or a chair to sit on. I’m learning where to cut corners and pick what will be the better option for me in the long run. I don’t want to buy furniture that will only last a month or two, but I also want to make sure I’m not buying the most expensive thing out there. Hopefully you’ll find some of these tips helpful and you won’t have to break the bank in order to decorate your perfect apartment.