Feb 28, 2017
How to Furnish Your Home Quickly and Affordably.
As a millennial that moves frequently, I know how hard it can be to make a home cozy and comfortable. It’s important to have a space that feels unique and inviting, but furniture is expensive and decorating can be a headache. My mother is the queen of decorating quickly and affordably. She is always down to hunt for great deals, and loves to gets crafty by creating rugs, lamps, or tables herself!
Here are some tips I've picke up from her along the way. They're great for creating a unique and affordable home.
Know what you need
Going out and looking for furniture without a list is difficult. It’s helpful to have an idea of how many things you are intending to purchase to help save money and time.
Here is a breakdown of basic furniture in a home:
Living Room: sofa, coffee table, 2-chairs, 2-3 side tables (one between the two chairs and on each side of sofa), 2-3 lamps, and a rug (under the seating area)
Kitchen/Dining: small but expandable table and chairs
Bedroom: bed (with storage underneath), headboard, nightstand (or two) and a lamp on each nightstand
All rooms: art, plants, books, music & curtains
If you’ve got the space: bookshelves & as much storage as you can fit.
Now obviously not all of these things are necessary, but use this list as a starting point and decide what is most important to you.
Craigslist is your friend
Craigslist is a great way to scout furniture at reduced prices. You’re guaranteed to find unique pieces. Always go with a friend to pick up furniture from Craigslist to be safe! In the same vein of Craigslist, local Goodwill stores, Habitat for Humanity reStores and website like Freecycle have great options for furniture and home goods at reduced prices. Digging through ads is necessary, so have patience searching!
Be adventurous and economical
Be adventurous and go to local thrift shops and hunt. The best parts of my apartment is furniture that I found on the street, like a leather barber chair that was left outside my apartment (though be discerning, as furniture on the street can have bedbugs).
Lamps make a huge difference
Overhead lighting is often depressing and doesn’t help create a cozy environment. Invest in some lamps when you first move in so that you don’t have to sit under harsh lighting reminiscent of a dentist’s office.
I’m not a crafty person by any means, but having friends over to make curtains is an awesome way to spend an afternoon, and way more economical than buying them. All you need is to invest in a few craft staples like a hot glue gun, fabric, needle and thread, and paint! Instructables is an awesome website for those who want bigger DIY projects like a tutu lamp or a Lego bedside table.
Upcycling is great for the environment and you’ll have a home that is uniquely you. Some helpful websites for further upcycling tips: Goodwill Tips, HomeTalk, UpCycleArt, Upcycled Wonders, and HomeMade Modern.
Get creative and inspired in your home by making a beautiful space!