There are a lot of things that go into making a house feel like a home, but one of the most important elements of a home is the furnishings. Furniture and decorations bring rooms and open spaces to life. Unfortunately, these things can be expensive! Fortunately, there are many easy ways to furnish your home without spending too much money.
1. Craigslist.com and Garage Sales
Like-new used items can be an excellent value when you are short on cash but need to decorate your home. Decide what you need, then search at garage sales. Or, Craigslist.com is like an online garage sale! You can search in your local area by item type (if you know you need a specific piece), or by price (if you know you need something to fill that odd corner, but you’re not sure what). Users list their items for a set price, but most prices are negotiable. There are sometimes amazing deals on nearly-new or unused items. Just make sure to check that the item is clean and in good condition before you bring it home.
Although Ikea products may get a bad reputation for being cheap, many of their products are of very high quality with stylish appeal, and at much lower prices than their competitors. Look for solid wood or metal furniture, textiles, rugs, baskets, storage solutions and lighting fixtures, and be sure to check the as-is section for extra discounted items that may fit your needs.
3. Online Shopping
Because online stores don’t have the costs of a brick-and-mortar store, they may be able to offer better pricing on certain objects. Consider Amazon.com or Overstock.com for smaller items like pillows or lamps or picture frames. Watch for seasonal sales or use an online coupon to get the best price, and make sure to get free shipping.
4. Dollar stores
Dollar stores sell lots of smaller items that can help to furnish your home. Picture frames, wall decals, contact paper, vases, and candles can all be found at these types of stores for a much better price than you will find anywhere else.
5. Thrift stores
Like garage sales or craigslist, thrift stores are an excellent option for finding furniture or other furnishings that are gently used. Look for well-built items that fit the style of your home. It may take several trips to find all the furniture pieces that you need, but this will simply ensure that your home feels naturally collected and designed once it is finished.
Finally, if you can’t find the right piece for your space in any of the other suggested locations, or you find yourself in love with an item for your home that is hopelessly out of your budget, try making it yourself. Pinterest.com has thousands of ideas for do-it-yourself home decorating projects, and there are several good websites such as Ana-white.com that show you how to make furniture pieces. At the very least, consider making over used furniture that isn’t quite right by painting it or changing the cushion. You will feel proud of yourself for the work that you have done, and your home will be furnished with pieces that bear your personal touch.