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How to Furnish a Home on a Budget

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In the 2nd quarter of 2021, the median home price in the US was $374,900. That can be a huge financial drain, even if you’re earning a decent salary and have a good amount saved up.

Once you’ve secured a home, that can be a great feeling. But you still have to furnish it!

A chair here and a table there can quickly add up. So how can you furnish a home without spending a fortune? Here are a few ways to do so.

Buy Used Furniture

Buying used furniture is a great way to buy quality pieces for cheap. It just might involve some work on your part, and a little bit of luck. After all, you never know when someone’s willing to part ways with a like-new sofa for just $50!

While it can pay off to be patient, you might sometimes come up empty-handed, even if you try a few avenues (like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Goodwill shops, etc.). Plus, it doesn’t solve the issue of an unfurnished house! So you might want to consider some of the other options on this list.

Ask Friends and Family

If your close friends and family live nearby, ask if they have any pieces of furniture they’re willing to part with. Chances are, there might be a dining table collecting dust in their garage.

If you’re lucky, they’ll give it to you for free! Otherwise, they’ll give you a fair price and maybe even help you transport it at no extra charge. Just make sure you treat them out to dinner or a beer afterward to show your thanks.

Rent Furniture

Renting furniture is a great way to jazz up the place when you’re on a home decor budget. Companies such as Express Furniture Rental can lease you full sets that have quality pieces.

There are flexible lease terms (such as month-to-month) so if you find something you want to buy, you can simply return the rented furniture whenever you want.

Check Big-Box Stores

Furnishing a space can be easy and cheap if you go check big-box stores. Some places might have cheap-quality pieces, but others will have some real gems.

Take a weekend to drive around to these big-box stores and check out what they have. You just might be surprised at their selection!

Make Your Own Furniture

For the smaller things, you can try DIYing them. For instance, you can put together a small shelf or rack, especially if you’ve got prior experience. This allows you to customize your furnishings too!

If you don’t feel comfortable completely DIYing furniture, you can buy old pieces for cheap and then restore them yourself. This option also allows for some customization, especially since you can repaint them.

Furnish a Home Without Breaking the Bank

Now you know how to furnish a home without draining your bank account. Whether you’re buying used pieces or leasing furniture, there are many ways you can make your house feel like a home. And it won’t have to look tacky either!

Learn more about interior decorating by checking out our other blog articles!


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