How to Furnish Your New Apartment for Little Money
Jun 12, 2017 // Furniture //

If you are just moving into your first apartment, chances are you are freshly graduated from college or university, or have just gotten out of your parents’ basement. In any case, you probably don’t have a lot of money to spare. And that means furniture is not something you can spend a lot of money on.

However, don’t despair! There is an alternative beyond cruising around the neighborhood scooping up tattered, waterlogged chairs people have left by the curb.

First and foremost, check with your friends and relatives. In many cases, they will have furniture or bedding that they don’t need and will let you have for little or no cost. Don’t worry about matching accessories: you can address that later on. Right now you are just fulfilling your basic needs.

Try your local Goodwill or other second hand store for the basics, such as a couch, chairs, kitchen table, dishes, etc. Chances are you won’t have to travel around too extensively to get these basics. You can also try Kijiji, which often features people all but giving things away, rather than taking the time to haul them to a second hand store or, wastefully, the local dump.

Don’t worry about a little scratching or fading. Instead of considering them to be defects, these marks simply mean that the items have been well-loved and served many people. Consider them to be antiques in training!

However, one thing you should not scrimp on is your mattress. Buying a used mattress is a risky proposition, especially with the horror of bedbugs. That is one mess you do not want in your life. If possible, bring your current mattress along. Should that not be a possibility, look for a sale price in the range that you can afford.

Don’t worry: you can, and will, do better than this!

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