Congratulations, you just got your first apartment. That’s a major achievement in life. However, it also brings on extra challenges, like furnishing it, especially when money is tight. Here are four ways you can furnish your space on a budget.
Ask Friends and Family
It’s not uncommon for people to have an extra piece of furniture lying around in their basement or garage. Ask your friends and family if they have any furniture they would like to get rid of. Offer to pay them something for it. Some will take the money, others will give it to you for free. It’s likely you will need to haul the furniture back to your place yourself.
Look for Bargains
You might think a furniture store is the last place you should be shopping if you are on a budget. However, if you look in the right store, you might find a real bargain. Don’t be afraid to browse through local furniture stores and see what they have to offer. One note of advice: One item you don’t want to skimp on is on your mattress. A good bed helps you sleep which is important in staying happy and healthy.
Shop for Used Pieces
A quality used piece of furniture can last you for many years. You can find used furniture online through Craig’s List, OfferUp, and LetGo. Keep an eye out at your local thrift store or flea market. Check out local garage sales. You can also find stores that specialize in selling used furniture, often on consignment.
If a used piece has some superficial damage, a coat of paint or a bit of wood filler can cover a lot. You can also easily replace broken table and chair legs. Dining room chairs can be recovered with a bit of fabric and a staple gun.
Build It Yourself
You don’t have to be a carpenter or upholsterer to make usable furniture. You can easily create a set of shelves with concrete blocks and lumber. A filing cabinet with a cloth thrown over it becomes an instant night stand or drink table. A wooden crate, turned upside down, with a pillow on top becomes an ottoman or footstool. A door set across two filing cabinets makes an instant desk.
With a bit of smart shopping and some sweat equity, you can furnish your first place on the smallest of budgets. Now, where are you going to start first?