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Whether you have recently moved into a new home or just want to spruce up your current place, buying new furniture can really take a bite out of your budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to buying from the furniture store that are more economical and make your home look just as good (or better!). Take a look at these inexpensive ways to furnish your home on a budget:

Spruce Up What You Have

With furniture, it’s very easy to lose sight of the need and focus on the want. If what you have is still in good shape, you don’t really need anything new. Before you get rid of it, try giving it a makeover. Decorative pillows, cozy throw blankets or sleek slipcovers are all great ways to change the look of a room for much less than the cost of new furniture. Give wooden pieces a new look with paint or stain. You’ll be amazed at what a few hours of work and some imagination can do.                        woman painting a chair to furnish her home on a budget

Move it Around

It’s human nature to get bored seeing the same thing day in and day out. Sometimes all it takes to make a room feel new again is reconfiguring the space. Spend an afternoon moving furniture into new groupings until you find the one that works for you (don’t be afraid to move things from room to room, too). Check out home design shows or Pinterest for inspiration, and try to replicate rooms that catch your eye by repurposing what you already have. You’ll have fun being creative and it will cost you exactly $0!

Shop Inside the Box

Furniture stores are notorious for inflating prices and then offering questionable discounts contingent on opening the store’s credit card. You can avoid that by purchasing furniture at big box stores or warehouse clubs like Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s. You won’t have as much to choose from, but you won’t be dealing with pushy salespeople either, and the prices you see are the prices you pay.

Prioritize and Take Your Time

While it may not be as exciting as buying a whole room full of new furniture at once, buying one piece at a time based on need and budget is the way to go. Determine your greatest need and purchase that piece first, then start saving for the next piece. Your couch will be that much more comfortable when you know you’re not in debt over it.

Keep it Classic

Sure, that hot pink sofa really pops on the showroom floor. But what are the chances you’re going to love it a year from now? When it comes to furniture, skip the trendy and eye-popping and stick to classic silhouettes in neutral colors. Your pieces will be far more versatile and you can incorporate trends and color using accent pieces, rugs and wall art.

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