How to Get Bargain Bedroom Furniture on a Tight Budget

Are you shopping for bedroom furniture on a tight budget? When furniture shopping, knowing where to buy them cheap is often the easiest part of the equation. The biggest problem comes in making sure you actually get what you need. Where many shoppers fail is that they go to their local branch of Ikea or Targets and are immediately conquered when they see a nice design they like. They plunk down their credit card, and when they reach home and install their purchase they find that… Oops! Maybe they should have spent more time looking.

Just because you found bedroom furniture that is cheap and looks nice does not mean that you should buy it immediately. If you do not want to suffer from buyer’s remorse, follow the steps below:

1. What do you really need and do you really need it? Don’t let your daughter get away with saying, “I need a nightstand.” Ask her why she needs a nightstand. Don’t let your wife get away with just asking for a new wardrobe. Why does she want a new wardrobe? Is it because she has too many clothes or too many shoes? Maybe she should give some of her old clothes away to the Salvation Army or put them into storage. But maybe it’s because your family stores common household items like spare curtains and blankets in your master bedroom wardrobe. If that is the case, maybe what you need is a place to store these items when they are not in use.

Have you considered making do without that item of furniture? For example, many people never ever consider the idea of sleeping on the floor. Sure, most of us need a mattress. But how many of us really need a bed? While sleeping on a bed is traditional and expected, isn’t putting food in your family’s bellies more important? You do have a tight budget, right?

2. Now that you know you really need to get something, it is time to set your budget. How much can you afford to spend? Subtract 30% for miscellaneous expenses like taxes, delivery costs and maybe even installation charges.

3. Now that you have determined what you really need to do and have an amount you can afford to spend, it is time to figure out what kind of furniture is needed and where you can install or place that new piece of furniture. For example, common household items like spare curtains and bedding for the guest room are rarely changed or taken out. You do not want dust to get on them, and you do not want cobwebs and silverfish and other little bugs getting to them either. An airtight container is ideal. For example, there are many cheap large plastic tubs with airtight lids where you can put in mothballs and never worry about for months. They are transparent or translucent so you can see what you have actually put inside them, and they are stackable so you can save space by stacking several containers together. All you need to do is to pick the right sizes so that you can hide them under your bed or put them on top of your existing wardrobe.

The airtight plastic containers are just an example. Think out of the box for uncommon solutions that can do the job needed at a lower cost. So what if it does not look good? All that matters is that the item of “furniture” you chose is robust enough to last you a few years until you can afford something better. Remember that beggars can’t be choosers. If you want to be picky, you had better have the spare cash to back it up.

4. Now it is time to figure out where to buy what you need. Again, don’t just look at the obvious. Going back to our plastic container example, don’t just look for it in furniture shops. Maybe your local plastic goods emporium sells what you need at a cheaper price. Maybe your neighborhood general hardware store can give you a better bargain.

Don’t forget that not everything needs to be bought new. Sometimes you can buy used pieces of furniture at a garage sale. Be patient and check the classified ads of your newspaper.

Have you considered making your own bedroom furniture? While you probably can’t make something big like a bed or a wardrobe, something smaller and simpler like a shelf or a storage bin should be possible. After all, you just need to buy some wooden planks and hammer some nails into them to join the pieces together. So what if the joints aren’t quite square? If it bothers you, fill up the gaps with some cheap wood putty.

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