Please welcome, a guest post from Floralyn Teodoro.
Are you moving to a new home or wanting to give your home a new look – but, not wanting to spend much money?
Furnishing your home can somehow be overwhelming especially now that thousands of different home furnishing ideas are found in magazines and online inspiration boards. Add this to your love for shopping and you might make purchases on impulse.
Rushing off to the nearest furniture shop to buy the furniture items listed on your mental wish list can cost you a lot of money and may even result in buying furniture items you won’t actually need. This is a big no-no in furniture shopping under a budget.
You can make your home look its best even without shelling out thousands of dollars. But, how? To guide you in the whole process of finding the best furniture items for your home the budget-friendly way, read up on the furniture shopping tips below:
Explore every nook and cranny of your home.
To avoid overspending and over shopping for home furnishings, make sure you explore your home first. Walk through the furniture pieces you already have available. Sort out which furniture pieces to keep and which to let go. If you have furniture pieces that have sentimental value, you can always upcycle or refurbish them for later so that they could fit in your new home.
Evaluating what you already have can help you figure out what you need, what you need to buy, and what will fit in your new home. More so, it’ll save you from unnecessary expenses.
List down the furniture pieces you need to shop for.
After walking through your home to find the available furniture pieces you already have and still can use, you can now make a list of the items you need to search and shop for. Envision how your new space will look like. You don’t need to have a list of actual pieces. You just have to a vision of how your home will look like especially when the furniture items are put together.
Search for sample photos of different furniture styles and other items so you can experiment. Create your vision board. Avoid the costly mistake of buying items that won’t work together.
Visit different furniture websites for price ideas.
Research doesn’t only apply for passing exams; it also greatly contributes to helping you shop wisely. Use the Internet to browse and search for the prices of the items in your to-buy list. You can also visit nearby furniture shops around your area to find the best deals and rates for your wanted furniture items. Save yourself from expensive items you can buy at lower prices.
Compare the prices of different brands and websites and see which store offer the best deals. Doing this will give you an idea or estimate on the amount of budget you must prepare.
Set a budget beforehand to avoid overspending.
After reviewing the prices of the furniture you need to shop for, you can now set a reasonable budget for furniture shopping. Compare your gathered furniture prices with the amount of money you can spend for furniture shopping. Whatever the result may be, it will help you reevaluate your furniture shopping list and see what works best for your home, and for your allotted budget.
Setting a budget and sticking to it can help you make the most out of your money. A budget will keep you guided as you shop and help you spend your money wisely on the right furniture pieces.
Consider estate sales, flea markets, and thrift shops.
Besides the usual furniture stores, you may need to consider estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. While purchasing pre-owned items is less appealing than buying brand new ones, purchasing unique second hand or pre-owned items can save you thousands of dollars. Give pre-owned items a chance and see how much of your money you’ll be able to save.
In buying pre-owned or bargain items, just make sure to thoroughly examine the quality and overall condition of an item before buying. Also, don’t be afraid to bargain or haggle prices.
Examine the furniture’s finish, details, condition, etc.
Unleash the quality checker and inspector in you and thoroughly examine every item that suits your to-buy list before making an official purchase. Take your time in checking every item’s finish, details, condition, styling, size, material, etc. before buying. Study and scrutinize them well to make sure you’re purchasing quality items – regardless if they’re brand new or secondhand.
For huge furniture pieces such as sofas, for example, spend some time to test them. Sit on them. Experience them. Along with checking an item’s aesthetics, check its durability and functionality.
Refurbish furniture items you already have.
One practical way to save money is to refurbish the furniture items you already have available. You can make your existing furniture pieces look new by transforming them by doing things yourself. Unleash the inner artist in you and spice up your old furniture with either a splash of new paint, new reupholstering, embellishment add-ons, upcycling, etc. It’ll save you a lot of $.
Your budget shouldn’t limit you in getting the best furniture pieces for your home. If you can’t purchase one, create one. DIY isn’t only practical; it also produces unique furniture items.
The best furniture items don’t always have to be expensive. Wise buys can save your wallet. Follow the budget-friendly tips listed above to fill your home with the best furniture finds without wrecking your wallet!
Author Bio: Floralyn Teodoro is a writer of all sorts who works for King’s Great Buys Plus and other websites. When she’s not writing, she’s probably traveling or reading books and poetry. You can follow her on Pinterest.