Looking for your first apartment is an exciting time. You finally feel confident enough to leave the nest and tackle the world out on your own. But unless you landed your dream job, with your dream salary, you’re going to be living on a tight budget. Your first apartment isn’t going to look amazing, and heck, it might not even match, but there are plenty of ways to find all the furniture you need so you can live comfortably.
Before you start worrying about artwork and little nicknacks to adorn the home, you need to only focus on the main furniture you need right away. This includes bedding, dressers, coffee tables and end tables, sofas and loveseats, and dining table and chairs. This is what you’ll need to get by. Eventually you’ll want entertainment centers and side chairs, but those items can wait. First you should hit up your folks and any friends or relatives who have old furniture they’re looking to get rid of. Your parents will probably use you moving out as an excuse to turn your old room into an office or a hot tub room and will upgrade their own furniture.
After you salvage what you can, turn to the internet; more specifically, Craigslist and eBay. Some people are practically giving away their unique furniture. Many are selling it for dirt cheap. You can occasionally find some really great deals, but just be careful with what you choose. I would never buy a used couch from someone I didn’t know.
Now that you’ve gotten what you can for free or ridiculously cheap, it’s time to hit the stores. But don’t go to the big department stores. You’ll be charged your first month’s rent for some of their furniture. You’re not looking to wow people with your style. You’re looking for a chair to sit on or a table to eat at. Browse online retailers that are offering quality furniture for great discount prices. It won’t be hard to find comfy sofas and loveseats for under $300 when you shop online. You can also easily setup delivery to your new home. If you’re lucky, some retailers will even offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount.
Your first apartment might have that “mix and match” feel to it, but over time you’ll save up money and before you know it, you’ll be the one selling your old furniture online so you can afford the items you really want in your home.