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Furniture is many things. It is a practical essential, so you always have somewhere to sit and somewhere to store your belongings. It’s also an aesthetic choice, part of achieving the kind of interior decor that delights and inspires you. And, finally, the sad reality that tends to dominate the furniture conversation: it’s expensive.
Some items of furniture are often labelled as “cheap” or “inexpensive”– but they’re still going to set you back a decent amount of money. If you want to move from the budget styles, then the price shoots up even further. As a result, many of us compromise; we buy cheaper furniture “for now” so you can meet the practical needs, even if it doesn’t quite satisfy our aesthetic desires.
What if you could break free from this though, and get the furniture you’ve always wanted– but without the extortionate price? Here are a few methods you can try that can help you to achieve this goal:
The Obvious Choice: Shop During Sales
For high-end items like leather sofas and your bed base, you should always try and shop during sale season. Of course, “sale season” is now something of a misnomer, given that most brands tend to have sales throughout the year– the traditional Boxing Day sales have become a thing of the past.
However, there is a way to ensure you still get a good deal. Let’s say you spot a leather sofa that you’re desperately wanting, but you just can’t justify it at that point in time. You should bookmark the item, begin saving small amounts towards the cost, then set an alarm on your phone to check the price every week. Eventually, you’ll see that the Chesterfield leather sofa sale you have been waiting for has begun, and you can make your purchase with the funds you have already reserved. This is a great way to bag a bargain on the items you truly want, rather than forcing yourself to make do with second choices.
The Crafty Option: Upcycle
If you’re handy with crafts, then one of the best ways to save yourself money on furniture is to learn how to upcycle. Essentially, upcycle just means taking a piece of furniture that is far past its best and transforming it into something new, unique, and beautiful. Here’s an example of how well this can work if you’re willing to dedicate the time required:
Give it a try with an inexpensive item; you might discover a talent you didn’t know you had!
The Awkward-But-Beneficial Choice: Haggling
Finally, if you’re in a hurry and want to buy something quickly, your best option is to learn how to haggle.
The idea of this might make you cringe, but honestly, learning to haggle might be the best thing you can do for your personal budget. Be reassured that furniture salespeople are well-used to haggling, and they will usually be able to shift on the price if you’re willing to ask. Just remember to be polite and friendly; make the discussion a conversation rather than something more adversarial. You both want the sale to happen, so you and the salesperson should work together to find a price that benefits you both.
Hopefully one of the above will help you save some cash when buying furniture for your home. Happy shopping!
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