Furnishing Your Home On A Budget
Good quality, practical furniture doesn’t need to cost the earth, but it’s an integral part of turning a house into a home. Before you furnish your property, make sure you read these tips of how to pick up a bargain and make sure that you buy good quality furniture that will save you money in the long run.
Do I have to choose between high quality and low cost?
Don’t necessarily assume that the more expensive the better quality a piece of furniture, while there is undoubtedly a correlation between cost and quality it is still possible to find a bargain if you know where to shop and how to spot a good quality piece of furniture. If price is an issue you could also consider a payment plan, many come with introductory offers of an interest-free period that will allow you to furnish your home now and pay later.
Where can I find good quality furniture at a low price?
There are many budget furniture stores that sell cheaper furniture, items you assemble yourself can save you money but make sure that you can make the item yourself before you buy and that it suits your needs, for example custom made storage solutions, kitchen cabinets and bedroom cupboards, may cost more but they will make better use of your space. For cheap, discounted furniture browse a discount or unfinished furniture store or industrial outlets. Using the Internet could also widen your search using sites like ebay or recycled furniture sellers. Also search your local advertiser, car boots and charity shops where you can often pick up a great deal if you are willing to search and wait until the perfect piece comes along.
How can I identify good quality furniture?
When searching for a bargain you need to know what you are looking for, durability is important and if you focus solely on price then you could end up paying more in the long run when a piece of furniture needs replacing prematurely. When buying a sofa the weight can be a good indicator of its quality, also look at the fabric’s durability and its fabric count. Buying proper wood rather than MDF units may be more expensive to begin with but you will gain a timeless, durable piece of furniture. Before you buy a piece of furniture inspect it fully, looking at its weight, wear and the joints. If you are buying new then a good quality piece of furniture should come with a guarantee.
How can I make sure I stay within my budget when buying furniture?
To avoid getting carried away and spending over your budget, think about what furniture you need before you start to shop. Then allocate a reasonable amount to each item, it is easy to go over-budget on one item before you have bought everything you need so doing this makes sure that at every stage you are working towards a target. Giving yourself time and being patient in shopping for furniture will pay off in the long run as you are more likely to find a good bargain.
It is easy to forget to budget for decorating and furniture when buying for the first time or building an extension, but furniture is an integral part of making sure your home is comfortable and liveable. Don’t opt for low price at the expense of quality, but do shop around, compare prices and look critically at the furniture you buy to make sure that you get a great deal and furnish your house at a low cost.