3 Ways to Buy Home Furniture on a Budget

The key to staying on a budget when buying furniture for your home is to take your time. Retail furniture stores are designed with the impulse buyer in mind. They know that you won’t be visiting their store frequently so a lot of care has gone into designing a floor plan for you to simply point and buy the items you like.

There are alternatives to buying new furniture. Depending on your taste whether it is contemporary, shabby chic, country-style, or an accumulation of styles, buying used furniture may be a way to stay within your budget. Well made furniture should stand the test of time and you may just find the furniture at a great price too.

Three ways to buy quality gently used furniture pieces within a reasonable budget include:

1. Estate sales, yard sales, and garage sales
2. Local newspapers / bulletin boards and Craigslist.org
3. Consignment furniture stores

Estate sales, yard sales, garage sales:

There are a number of reasons why a person may be holding an estate sale. The homeowners may:

o be downshifting their lifestyle
o moving far away
o be selling a second home and no longer need the extra furnishings
o have passed and their family has no need for the furniture

The advantage of an estate sale is that if you like the owner’s decorating style, you may be able to purchase an entire room of furniture at bargain prices. Like with yard sales and garage sales, estate sales will really be hit or miss. The disadvantage is that you never know what you will find at each sale which can be very time consuming.

If you do find a high quality piece of furniture that you want to reupholster, consider the real cost against your budget. Reupholstering quality furniture may be worth the time and expense if you know that this piece will stay in your home a long time. Depending on the age of the furniture, you may also need to rebuild cushions and replace throw pillows. This can really add up! For the expense of the new cushions, refinishing, reupholstering, fabric, materials, labor, transportation, etc. you may find it’s cheaper to buy a new piece. Definitely consider all of the costs before going down this path.

Local newspapers/bulletin boards and Craigslist.org:

If a person or business is liquidating their furniture and belongings, they will often choose to sell it via the local newspaper or through Craigslist.org. You may even find for sale ads on bulletin boards at work, grocery stores, and at churches. The seller will usually fetch a higher price for their furniture when sold through these avenues.

Craigslist has the extra advantage of being able to feature color photographs saving the buyer time of traveling around to different locations. If you are selling furniture, try selling it first through your local newspaper, local bulletin board, or on Craigslist since you will typically sell it for a higher price through these locations. If you were unsuccessful at selling your furniture through these outlets, then consider an a yard sale or garage sale. Your last option should be through an estate sale or consignment store since you will share your money with the people helping to sell your furniture.

Remember to donate any furniture that you are unable to sell through a reputable charity or organization. It’s important that you get a receipt for your donation for end-of-year donation write-offs.

Consignment furniture stores:

Consignment stores are a great way to buy furniture at a discount and save time. Of the three choices, this will be the most expensive way to buy furniture but it could save you a lot of time since it typically offers the most complete inventory options for furnishing living rooms, dining rooms, offices, kitchens and bedrooms.

You may find that local furniture consignment shops in your area have made arrangements with builders and interior designers who create model homes. As you know, model homes are beautifully decorated with high-end furniture to sell the home. When a builder has sold all the homes in a particular subdivision, the furniture is no longer needed. The furniture is oftentimes sold at furniture consignment stores for 50% off (or more!) the retail price.

Even gallery pictures for the walls are sold less expensively at consignment furniture stores. You will need to check the store monthly for new inventory as it changes frequently. To find a store in your area, simply do a search on “Furniture Consignment Store” + your zip code. Antique furniture stores may also appear in the listings.

Before purchasing your furniture, it is wise to have a budget in mind. It is advisable that you only buy the furniture and furnishings that you love because you will be seeing it everyday in your home. Often, people end up buying furniture because they need it now, but discard it within a year or two because they end up hating it. Buy for quality and because you really like the pieces. You will end up saving time and staying within your budget if you have discriminating taste when purchasing used furniture.

Choosing Your First Bespoke Home Furniture

Identifying A Competent Bespoke Furniture Manufacturer

The first step towards your purchase is listing the manufacturers that can do the job you want. Recommendations from friends are great – you know their history and you can see their craftsmanship too. But wherever you find a competent designer and manufacturer, before hiring them, be sure to see their portfolio. If their work is inclined to one particular style, that is, if you do not see versatility in the designs, you may not want to entrust them with reflecting your persona. What you are looking for is evidence that a maker will be able to see your vision and realise it as an extension of your personality and style.

Ask Questions!
Once you have ascertained the competence of the establishment you want to hire, get specific about your project and list what you expect out of the process – designing, measuring, choosing finishes, manufacture, aftercare and guarantees. The process of getting bespoke furnishings takes time, and you want to be sure that you can effectively communicate your needs throughout the process. For instance, how would the team in charge of your project feel about slight revisions to your plan; what would they charge for the same? And at what point are changes refused? Will you get a qualified designer to give you ideas and when you indecisive about what you want? What can you do if the finished product was not what you were expecting?

What to Expect, What to Demand
One of the advantages to choosing bespoke fitted furniture is that you are not a nameless face in the crowd of consumers… towards whom most high street product styles are loosely targeted; you are the most important priority to a bespoke furniture manufacturer. Request a co-operative effort and willingness to share ideas. The usual time frame for delivery of a regular order is between 8 and 10 weeks; so take care to discuss the estimated duration of delivery beforehand. Maintain regular correspondence with your furniture manufacturer to stay on the same page as the designers and fitters – this will help ensure your delivery targets are met.

Aftercare and guarantees – a good furniture maker will be on hand to respond to any aftercare queries too, like which cleaning products to use and how often, and what to expect while your furniture is ‘settling in’. Your furniture will be crafted to last as long as possible. Expect guarantees of 10+ years!

Home Furniture – Tips For Developing a Theme Throughout the Home

You’ll be surprised, most people do not put much effort into decorating their homes nicely. Well, either that or they don’t really know how to. Since most of us spend the majority of our time in the house, it would be beneficial to have a more aesthetically appealing home, wouldn’t it? A home that’s beautiful will not only make you feel more like coming home at the end of a long day of work, but is something you can be proud of and show off to your friends and family. Here is some quick advise for getting your house appeal in order.

Furniture can play a big part in the design of your home or room, so don’t underestimate the damage that bad furniture can do. You can tell from the people who have no idea about interior or home design – they tend to buy everything and everything when it comes to furnishings, making their home look more like a junk yard or second-hand store rather than a aesthetically pleasing living space. Beautiful homes will always be themed, or at least have some sort of coherent style throughout, both in decor and in color. When redesigning your current or new home, you should definitely keep this in mind.

When you’re shopping around for furniture for the home, you don’t really need to spend an extravagant amount of money. In fact, there’s plenty of second hand stores at which you can pick up some really great contemporary or antique furniture at very reasonable prices to decorate your home with. You can even go with lower priced furniture with large retail stores such as Ikea. The benefits of buying from these retail outlets is that their furniture range comes in sets, all in a certain theme and color co-ordinated. To start off on a good foot, you could purchase a lounge set or bedding set first, then buy the other pieces of furnishings that are built around that style and those colors.

To get further ideas on decorating your home, you can furthermore pick up informative magazines from a newsagent that specialize in interior design. These magazines will normally feature full-color photos which you can use to draw inspiration from, both in style and also colors.

Designer Modern Furniture – Add a Luxurious Dimension to Your Interior!

Spring is now officially upon us and is a perfect excuse for a fresh new look in our homes. More often than not our interiors lack that extra slice of contemporary pizzazz that makes every house a home. Delving into the modern sector of furniture design is a brilliant idea when looking for a jazzy new addition to your already fabulous collection! Designer furniture can certainly transform the space you live in by ushering in a luxurious dimension that will sparkle in contrast to other areas of your home. So kick back, relax and let this article guide you through some of the possible options when it comes to choosing the right type of designer furniture for your interior.

Luxury is loved by modern living rooms! Choosing a sofa with a splash of designer flare is a brilliant starting point for injecting some excitement into your chosen space. L shaped sofas are particularly spectacular when furnishing a contemporary lounge with luxury in mind. The variety of styles and ability to often customise the size and upholstery leaves the possibilities endless! Try bold coloured leathers and velvets such as blues and silvers these will certainly wow your guests. An ideal companion to a breath-taking sofa is a coffee table with impact. Designs vary quite widely but some of the best include lacquered cherry wood tops with chrome legs or feet. Their sleek and very fashionable design makes them perfect for an interior with an opulent edge.

The bedroom benefits massively from some designer inspiration! Don’t be afraid to invest in pieces manufactured in Italy, the price bracket may be slightly higher but the finished product is always stunning! Beds can look very impressive when shopping in the contemporary sphere. Materials such as beech and cherry wood are frequently used and combined with fabulous deep button upholstery to create something truly magical. Some designs are quirkier than others, but this is always down to personal preference. For an impact opt for extravagantly styled headboards with unconventional shapes, for a more refined taste invest in straight lined beds that show off unique craftsmanship and excellent materials. Both have their own character and will significantly change the mood of your bedroom for the better!

Jumping into the luxury design sphere is something that when approached with the correct frame of mind results in pure delight; both for you and your wonderful abode! So try something different today and change your home for the better!