When it comes to furnishing our home, I like to keep it simple and inexpensive. I tend to take a long time to complete rooms because I’m picky with the furniture and decor pieces I choose. I never want to clutter a space with unnecessary things, and I certainly don’t want to go broke in the process. Today I’m sharing my favorite ways to furnish the home without breaking the bank.
How to Furnish your Home with a Small Budget
Reuse and repurpose
Using furniture in another space can bring it back to life and make it feel new to you. Before you head to the store, walk around your home and see if you own pieces that you can reuse or repurpose. I often store things in our basement to donate or sell later, but wind up forgetting about it. Now when I need something, it’s one of the first places I’ll look. Also make sure to ask family and friends if they have what you’re looking for. They might’ve been ready to part ways with it and will gladly give it to you.
Pay attention to trash collection days in nearby neighborhoods. A great time to go curbside “shopping” is the afternoon or evening before collection day. Take a large vehicle if you’re looking for bigger furniture pieces. I find that they go quickly, and I’ve missed out on some great finds because I couldn’t haul it right away. I also suggest browsing the Free Stuff category on Craigslist. But you have to respond fast because the listings don’t last very long.
One of my favorite ways to furnish our home is by buying used furniture on sites like Craigslist or at yard sales. I’ve purchased some great furniture pieces over the years for a fraction of the cost. In fact, I just bought a new-to-me dining table with chairs this past week that I plan to stain and paint this upcoming weekend. Once I’m done with it, I’ll have a dining table that I can use for several years and even resell for more than what I paid for it.
Once you decide how you want to furnish a room, it’s very tempting to head to the store and simply purchase what you want. Don’t do it! Instead, wait to see if something turns up for an affordable-to-you price, or even free. If you’re handy with tools, you can even try making it yourself. Whatever you decide to do, just don’t rush. Taking your time will help you make better choices and save more money in the long run. If you need some great DIY ideas, check out my DIY Projects Pinterest board below for inspiration.
How do you save money on furniture? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!