Don't despair! With a little planning, it's possible to furnish your home in style without incurring years of debt. Here are some of our favorite tips for saving money on furniture for your apartment.
1. Let's Make a Deal
Swapping has long been a great way for friends and neighbors to refresh their wardrobe or book collection, and many enterprising people have been using the same method with furniture. Why not make it fun with a furniture swapping party? Guests can bring photos of pieces that are too large to transport.
2. Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
Between the imperative of environmental awareness and the popularity of vintage and shabby-chic decor, recycled furniture items have found a place in many households. In addition to shopping resale and thrift shops, think outside the box and put old furniture pieces to new uses.
3. Buy Seconds and Floor Displays
Furniture retailers often have pieces that have been returned or ones that have minor scratches and blemishes. These items can't be sold as new, so you can usually purchase them at prices well below retail.
4. DIY (Do It Yourself)
If you have some basic building skills or you're willing to learn, the Internet is a treasure trove of instructions for making your own furniture.
5. Champagne Taste, Beer Budget
While yard and garages sales are great for picking up furniture pieces that need a little TLC, estate sales are where you can score the real bonanzas. Arrive early to get the first shot at the best merchandise.
6. Shop Wisely
Retail furniture stores are notorious for astronomical markups ranging from 200 – 400%. Rule #1: Never pay full price. With those margins, there's plenty of room to negotiate.
Some stores keep prices down by stocking used furniture or maintaining lower overhead. Look for bargains at these stores in Denver:
Furniture Liquidators, 5238 W 44th Ave, 303.420.6918