How to Furnish a New Home on a Budget
Picture this: you’ve just moved into a new house or apartment and can’t wait to decorate. But then you start looking at furniture and realize that furnishing your new place costs more than your monthly mortgage. Don’t worry, almost every new homeowner has been there. And because the current economic climate makes it better to be more conservative with your finances, the last thing that you want is to go into credit card debt over an end table. Keep reading for step by step tips on how to furnish a new home on a budget while still making it look fantastic.
How do I Decorate My New House?
When it comes to decorating, everyone has their own personal taste. But regardless of whether you are traditional, transitional, or modern, we’ve got some great tips and tricks to make sure that your new home looks great!
Measure Your Space Before You Start Shopping
- The most important thing that you can do when furnishing your home is making sure that everything you buy is going to fit before you ever even bring it home. Not every furniture store has the same amazing satisfaction policy as Bel Furniture, so once your new item comes in, you may not be able to bring it back. Imagine buying a king-sized bed for your bedroom then a few months later realizing that the nightstands you just ordered no longer fit. You may want to downsize your bed, but if your return limit is up, you’re probably fresh out of luck. Measuring your space helps to solve problems before they ever occur.
Take Your Time and Prioritize
- Take a step back and really evaluate your new living space. Is there any furniture from your past home that you can repurpose? What areas are you going to need for more immediate use? You may be tempted to start decorating the areas that guests are likely to frequent first, but a fully furnished living room won’t feel as satisfying if you don’t have a bed to sleep on. You’re likely going to be in the new space for a while, so take your time decorating and make sure that every simple piece of furniture that you buy is exactly what you want. This will save you both time, money, and frustration down the line.
- You take pride in your home and want to fill it up with the best furniture to fit your style. But it is important to note that not everything you buy needs to break the bank. If you are on a budget, think about what items you care most about and allot the funds to splurge there. If you want to buy an expensive sofa for the living room, buying a cheaper coffee table or side tables can help to balance the expense. It makes more sense to spend money on things you use often and want to last instead of smaller items and nick-nacks. Pay attention to how you are currently spending time in your home and make sure that the expensive furniture that you buy reflects that!
Check out consignment stores, thrift stores, and other secondhand options
- There is nothing wrong with buying secondhand furniture, especially if you are on a budget! You can find some amazing, and oftentimes high-end pieces, at flea markets and yard sales. We don’t recommend buying something like a sofa or mattress this way (because bed bugs are a factor) but you may find a nice dining room table or accent piece at a steal!
Visit BEL Furniture Today!
If you are still unsure of how to furnish a new home on a budget, BEL Furniture makes it easy. We boast an extensive selection of furniture and home decor to help you make every room feel perfect. From the master bedroom to the living room, BEL has the best affordable selection of all local furniture stores. Come in and see us!