6 Tips for Buying Living Room Furniture on Budget
It doesn’t have to be stressful to shop for furniture even if you have to take into account someone else’s taste, or moving the bulky furniture in through a small doorway.
1. Stay Away from Sales
Whether it’s a going-out-of-business sale or a random reduction in prices, most of the time, those prices were falsely inflated before the sale. You’re not actually getting a deal at all unless you negotiate the sales price.
2. Buy Floor Models
If you insist on new furniture, consider buying the floor model when the store is trying to get rid of all their inventory to make room for more stock. They’ll be willing to offer a deep discount. When you start your conversation with the sales person, start at 50 percent off the price. You’ll be able to talk them into at least 30 to 40 percent off the price depending on how badly they want it gone.
3. Negotiate and Negotiate Again
When you’re buying at a furniture store, you want to ignore the tags on the furniture, or look at it as a baseline for your negotiations. There’s always wiggle room when it comes to furniture, but most people don’t take advantage of this fact. Once you’ve negotiated the price of the furniture, negotiate on the price of delivery too. This is where most people stop negotiating, and it can be incredibly expensive to have furniture delivered.
4. Buy Used Furniture
Shop at used furniture stores to get better deals than with new furniture stores. You’ll be able to see exactly what’s wrong with the item, and you can negotiate there too. Make sure you understand the value of the furniture you’re looking to buy, so you know what kind of money you should be paying. Always research prices.
5. Upcycle Flea Market Deals
Buying furniture doesn’t have to involve shopping in a store at all. Instead of purchasing from a furniture store where you’re paying higher rates due to their overhead, visit flea markets for pieces. You’ll likely have to shop for one piece at a time, but you can personalize your space according to your design style too.
6. Estate Sales
Estate sales will allow you to find quality furniture that won’t break or be cheaply made. Often, estate sales will feature solid wood furniture that has been around for years. You can strip and paint these pieces to fit your style quite easily, and they’ll last long enough for you to pass them on to your own children.
It’s easy to find used furniture that is in good shape if you’re willing to shop around and research your choices. If you’d rather buy new furniture, you’ll need to research your choices as well as proper prices for it.