Going from a renter to a homeowner is a big step, especially if it means going from a tiny, cramped space to a multi-bedroom house. In addition to having an endless expanse of empty wall space to fill, a new homeowner also must deal with filling all of those rooms with chairs, couches, tables, and beds.
Since many first-time homebuyers are on a tight budget, finding furniture means not only filling space but also meeting budget restrictions. Fortunately, there are many affordable options that will fill those rooms without costing a fortune.
Keep It Simple
The first thing to realize is that nobody expects you to have a house full of furniture right away. Take the time to shop around and find the best look for each room. Make a list of priorities, meeting your basic needs to eat, sleep, and shower first. You can save money on a bed by skipping the expensive headboard and footboard until you have the budget for an upgrade. For guest rooms, get a headboard less bed in place before worrying about other furniture items.
With the enduring shabby chic trend, thrift store shopping is more popular than ever. You can find great pieces at thrift stores and garage sales, including tables, dressers, nightstands, and accent items. Homeowners also often list furniture for sale on Craigslist as they downsize or upgrade to new furnishings. As you shop, you’ll likely be inspired by what you find, leading you to decorate rooms around the unique furniture you find.
Even if you have plenty of space, you can benefit from furniture that serves dual purposes. You’ll get more for your money if you invest in a bed that doubles as a desk or a dining room table that turns into a poker table for game night. You can even get a coffee table that makes it easier to eat while watching TV. You’ll get two pieces of furniture, usually at only a slightly higher price than what you’d pay for one.
Make Budget Choices
Understand that the choices you make today don’t have to be with you for your lifetime in your new house. Items like accent tables can be purchased on the cheap and used temporarily, until you can choose something better. You may even find an inexpensive piece you like that you can paint to fit the look you want for your rooms.
Get Dorm Inspiration
Seating can be expensive, but if you’re truly strapped for cash, furniture traditionally used in dorm rooms could be an option. If you’d like to go a little more upscale, there are affordable seating options that are more attractive. For true comfort, however, you’ll likely need to spring for a higher-end sofa or recliner. Scour Craigslist and yard sales for used furniture at great prices.
Furnishing a new home can be tough, especially for first-time homebuyers who are strapped for cash. By taking it slowly and searching carefully for the best prices on furniture, you’ll be able to fill your new home with furniture while still staying close to your budget.