Furnishing and decorating your home or apartment can turn into a huge expense. After seeing all those Pinterest worthy living rooms and bedrooms on HGTV, it can be tempting to toss out all your current decor and go after a brand new look. Too often, though, the price tag on the items we drool over on TV hold us back from living in the revamped space of our dreams.
Price shouldn’t be an issue -- and it actually doesn’t need to be! If you’ve just moved into a new apartment or want to spice up your current home decor, you don’t have to spend a fortune!
Here are 5 ways to decorate and furnish your home for less.
Shop on Holiday Weekends
This tip is especially helpful if you’re shopping for new furniture. If you’re eyeing a dining set from Pier 1 or a cute side-table from West Elm, try to hold off and wait for a holiday weekend. Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th, and Labor Day are all popular times when furniture stores throw massive sales. Sometimes you can get a superb deal during these sales if the discounts also apply to the clearance section.
Bonus Tip: Did you know that mismatched chairs at a dining table is the latest shabby-chic trend? If you see an assortment of different chairs on clearance with no match, grab them all and place them around your table for an eclectic cozy look.
Make Your Own Furniture or Art
If you are a handy kind of person with the space to build furniture and you have access to tools, this could be a huge money-saver. Obviously, not everyone has a table saw, nail gun, and finishing tools to create custom furniture, but if you or a friend/family member is talented in this area, check out some easy ways to make your own furniture online. If you like rustic home decor, a bed frame made out of wood pallets can be super easy to build and requires few tools. Plus, it looks awesome!
If making furniture is totally out of the question for you, consider making your own decorations. You can make all sorts of eye-catching art or decorations for your home with little supplies or money.
Ask to Purchase Displays
If you shop at small furniture stores that have little inventory on hand, you might want to consider asking to buy the piece of furniture on display for a discounted rate. Sometimes stores will give you a hefty discount if you take their display unit off their hands -- especially if that item is completely out of stock. This tip doesn’t always work 100% of the time, but it’s definitely worth asking!
Scour Garage Sales
If you love the thrill of the hunt, this is a great activity. If you’re looking to update your furniture or home decor, keep your eyes peeled for garage sales. Weekends are popular days for them and, while they might be few and far between these days, you should still be able to find a few in your area each month. Even if you find an item that isn’t perfect, consider if the price is right and if you can fix it up.
For example, if you need a new dresser for your bedroom and all of your current furniture is white, but the one you found at a garage sale is black, don’t necessarily pass it by! First, see if it’s still structurally strong. If it’s built well and made to last, you can easily throw on a few coats of white paint, change out the drawer handles for a few bucks, and -- voila! -- you’ve got a new dresser that will fit in with your current decor. Don’t be afraid to haggle with people at garage sales either. Always try to negotiate with the seller. If they won’t budge on their price, try walking away and see if they call you back to offer it at a lower rate.
Use Resale Apps
There are so many different resale apps that you can download instantly to your phone and start buying/selling furniture or home decor. OfferUp is a great app for buying used furniture at a low rate. Sometimes people sell perfectly good furnishings online just because they’re moving and need to downsize quickly. Most of these resale apps give you the option to make an offer to the seller if you’re not happy with their listed price. If they accept your offer, you’ve probably just scored a great deal! You can find all sorts of home decor as well -- it’s not just for furniture.
No matter what your taste in decor might be, there are always ways to decorate or furnish your home on a tight budget. Pull together all these resourceful tips and start refurbishing the look of your home!
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