Want to save some money on furniture? Well, as a wannabe interior designer, I’ve previously talked about a few ways to do just that. Here are a number of ways to save some bucks on the stuff you use at home — chairs, tables, beds, armoires. Let’s check out some of the interesting and clever methods to furnishing your home.
How To Save Money on Furniture
#1 Get them used.
Let’s start with the way I do it — I primarily use Craigslist for this purpose. Here’s where I talk about my online shopping experience with Craigslist. I have purchased some home decor and furniture from them before, and have been quite satisfied. But take note that while cheap or used furniture is initially awesome because you get a deal, they may not last long in your possession. Could be because they tend to be of lower quality (people don’t want to get rid of their heirlooms) or because used stuff has seen better days and starts to fall apart at some point. As far as the furniture I’ve purchased online, I’ve had a good few years with them and it’s time for some beloved pieces to be replaced.
#2 Be resourceful. Maybe DIY?
Now for the fun stuff — if you’re young, single and creative, maybe you can attempt to do as this guy has done in my post on “how to furnish your house for free“. The guy used FedEx boxes to make furniture. Surely you’ve seen people make furniture out of cardboard before right?
Image from Core77.com
Nice baby cradle.
If you’re married and have kids or rambunctious pets, it may not work out, especially if the materials you use are flimsy. The point here is this: if you are handy and able, maybe you can make your own decor or furniture. My husband’s grandfather built his own house, for goodness sake. It’s a shame that the future generations in his family can’t even wield a hammer. 😉 But sure, if you have the skills, then build your own stuff.
#3 Get furniture pieces that serve more than one function.
If I knew where to look, I’d be first in line for some of this multi-purpose space saving furniture. Where can you buy this stuff? I’d be interested to know how much they cost as well. Would the manufacturer charge more because the items are so useful? Or would you end up saving money because you get two furniture pieces in one? If anyone owns something as cool as this, let us know!
#4 Make holes in your floor.
This is not entirely a silly suggestion. There’s this designer that has crafted what is called the OOooChair (had trouble spelling that), which aims to save you the need for chairs by recommending that you opt for holes in your floor. You can always carve out holes in your floor that are big enough for your legs to stick through. Then you can do away with those pesky chairs forever. Is it a practical idea? Not sure, but you get the picture. Here’s how it works:
A. Create holes with caps.
B. Stick your feet through.
Thanks to Gizmodo for the idea.
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