Finding your first apartment as a young adult is super exciting! You’re finally out of mom and dad’s clutches and free to live how you’d like and do whatever you please! That is, until you realize it’s your job to furnish it. Don’t get caught sitting on a folding lawn chair and using moving boxes as a coffee table for months before finally being able to buy your own furniture.
If you’re on a tight budget, like many young adults are, consider these tips for furnishing your first apartment without spending your life’s savings.
Find the Sales
Sales are going to be your best friends when moving into your first apartment. If you don’t have the time to devote to thrifting and don’t have the skills to DIY everything in sight, start hunting for sales now! Many reputable furniture stores offer discount home furniture that’s of the same quality as the rest of their pieces. There is nothing better than getting an awesome furniture piece on sale. It feels like winning the lottery!
To guarantee you’re finding the best sale items, check your favorite stores or websites periodically, not just once. Furniture stores often offer new sales at the change of the seasons, so this is a great time to shop to maximize the deals.
Thrift Some Items
Thrifting is another great way to save money. It can be time-consuming as you never know when the perfect piece will pop up in a thrift store, but if you have the time, it can also be very rewarding. Nowadays, there are also online thrift options like Mercari and Facebook Marketplace. These sites allow individuals to privately list their items, so you can sometimes avoid any markups a traditional thrift store might place on a piece.
Some tips for successful thrifting:
Check the stores or site OFTEN. Every week, if possible.
- Disinfect any item you thrift in before bringing it home.
- Be prepared to perform minor touch-ups
DIY When you Can
While this option may not be for everyone, it can save you HEAPS of money if you’re prepared to take on the work. With today’s technology, you can find DIY tutorials on the internet for just about anything. Not only will completing projects yourself save your dough, but it also allows you complete creative freedom. So, if you’ve been on the hunt for a piece that you just can’t seem to find in your budget, consider DIY!
Visit Outlet Stores
Outlet stores are like one giant, constant sale. They are typically pieces that were over-produced or undersold at very respectable furniture stores, so it’s easy to find some great deals!
Of course, the last thing any young adult wants to do is admit that they need help from their parents or relatives. However, people who have lived in the same house for several years often have furniture that they don’t use or are ready to replace. Accepting hand-me-downs from your parents, older siblings, or aunts and uncles is a great way to get some valuable items for free.