New year, new house? This may be your case, or maybe you’ve bought a second residence that you want to furnish. Maybe you are trying to sell, and you would like to renew the furniture to increase your chances of getting a good sale. There are many reasons why you may want new furniture at home, but surely in all cases you will want to avoid spending a fortune. Therefore, in today’s article we tell you how.
Plan what you’re going to buy
The key to save is always to plan very well and with time what you’re going to do. Haste is not a friend of your wallet, and neither is disorganisation.
Make a list of your needs and priorities; if for example you like to have dinner guests, but you don’t have too many books, CDs or movies, you may want to invest more in a good dining table than in shelves.
Similarly, knowing the limitations of your home will help you a lot when buying: It makes no sense to buy a table for the kitchen if you don’t have space for it, and if you don’t know the size of your living room the couch you buy might be too big and therefore useless.
Finally, think carefully about the utility you want to get out of your furniture. Maybe some double functionality furniture can help you, and of course they will save you some money!
Renew old furniture
If you have furniture from any other home, or a friend or acquaintance has anything that they want to get rid of, use it!
Today there are a thousand resources and tools available to renovate furniture for little money, and the results can be incredible. Sometimes a little paint and varnish is all you need to give life to a piece of furniture that seemed ready to go to waste.
All you need is imagination and time, and you can even recruit your most creative friends to help you out and spend a afternoon doing something a little different.
Lose your fear of the second hand
Sometimes, buying second-hand things is a bit scary. What if it has a defect that was invisible in the pictures? What if they are deceiving me in some way? However, today there’s such a wide offer of second hand items and so much information at our disposal, that it’s quite difficult to be fooled.
Use websites such as Milanuncios or apps like Wallapop or Vibbo in Spain, or even Facebook buying and selling groups that specialize in your area. Take your time, compare, and you will surely find more than one bargain to add to your home.
In addition, if you combine it with the previous point, you will have personalized furniture for very little money.
Visit outlets and use discounts
You would be surprised with the amount of shops and manufacturers that have an ‘outlet’. The outlet stores are shops-warehouses that have products from past collections, discontinued pieces, and even exhibition furniture. Thanks to them you can find completely new and perfectly functional furniture for much less than they cost in a normal store.
Also keep an eye on sales periods, as well as special days (days without VAT, Black Friday) and other discounts that may happen. There are many chains that offer monthly discounts on specific products; with patience and attention, you’ll surely get a significant discount on the furniture you want.
If you follow your favourite furniture stores on social networks, or sign up for their newsletter, you’re likely to never miss a discount.
Join the DIY movement
If you want to create the perfect furniture for your home for little money, the best you can do is do it yourself. Wooden pallets are a very popular resource that serve all purposes. We have seen beds, sofas, and even shelves, but you can do whatever you can think of.
If you think making the furniture is too complex for you, you can also choose to create the decoration of your home. Making a headboard, a lamp or some decoration for the wall is very easy, and will give your home a lot of life and personality.
And when in doubt … add green! Plants and flowers here and there will greatly improve the appearance of your home, and even if you haven’t bought all the furniture you’d like, they will make you feel a little more at home.