Furnishing a Large Apartment: 5 Effective Ways to Save Money

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or you’ve found a place that’s bigger, better, and more centrally located than your current residence, you could find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to shell out the dough for the furniture to fill your space. After all, you don’t want your apartment to be so under-furnished that it looks abandoned. And of course you want to have the seating, tables, and accessories that make your apartment comfortable and inviting. The downside, of course, is the cost. But there are quite a few ways to save money when it comes to furnishing a large apartment. Here are a few strategies to explore.

  1. Reupholstering/repurposing. Perhaps the problem is not that you don’t have enough furniture, but that you don’t have the right furniture. If you’re looking to upgrade the mismatched, eclectic, and sprung furniture that’s been with you since your college days, or you’ve gotten donations from family and friends looking to foist their cast-offs on you, then you may not necessarily need to spend the money on new furniture. Instead you can use your limited funds to fix up the perfectly usable pieces you’ve already got. A little DIY goes a long way when it comes to sanding and painting/staining wooden items like dining sets, coffee tables, bureaus, and so on. But for couches, chairs, and other furniture featuring textiles, consider the benefits of reupholstering. You could end up with new stuffing and sets that look cohesive thanks to matching or coordinated textiles. Or you could just spring for slipcovers if Grannie’s living room set is in good condition aside from the hideous upholstery.
  2. Craigslist. Ah, the conveniences of living in the internet era. You no longer have to scout Sunday classifieds and curbsides in search of unwanted furniture. Now you can search Craigslist for specific items, finding options that are in your area. You can find couches, chairs, electronics, accessories, and virtually anything you need to furnish your apartment for far less cost than buying new. In some cases it’s even free with the “you haul” addendum.
  3. Reclaimed furniture outlets. If you’re looking for something that’s a step above used furniture, reclaimed furniture outlets could be the way to go, especially if you’re looking for wood pieces. In most cases, the items sold at these locations are the pick of the litter, so to speak, and the outlets clean them up at the very least, and often refurbish them to a degree. So while you’ll buy used pieces, they’ll be nearly as good as new.
  4. Yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets. Finding the right pieces to furnish your space can be hard, especially when you’ve decided that used furniture and accessories are the way to go. But yard sales give you the option to haggle. And if you get a sturdy piece at the right price, your leftover dough can go towards refurbishing to make it exactly right for your home. Estate sales are also a good option for furniture sets or high-end pieces that you won’t find at the average yard sale. And flea markets often provide an eclectic mix of items that could include vintage and foreign furniture.
  5. IKEA. When viewing apartments for rent, you may find that your furniture is not at all suitable for the style of architecture you prefer. And if you are able to save money on your apartment, you might have the cash on hand to buy brand new. Still, you don’t want to go into debt when filling in your layout. In this case, modular furnishings could provide you with the modern and affordable solutions you seek, and IKEA is one of the best resources in this regard. The best part is that you can always add to your collection down the line when you have a little extra cash on hand since their items are meant to be mix-and-match, not to mention scalable.

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