12 Tips Before Buying Cheap Furniture for Home Improvement
Buying furniture can be a daunting task when you are on a tight budget, and as most people cant afford to buy top-of-the-line furniture, they need to know that their money has been well spent. Therefore, it’s imperative to choose well so as to ensure a long-term investment.
Living Room Furniture
Since most people tend to furnish the common living areas first, let’s start there.
1# Inspect the Framework and Structure of the Furniture
What type of wood was used to construct the piece? Buying furniture at a lower price means it’s probably not made from solid oak, maple or any other of the robust hardwoods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t stand up to the rough-and-tough demands of your family. Keep in mind that it would be wise to avoid any pieces constructed from particle woods or boards. Avoid pieces of furniture that are made from particle wood at all costs since they will not endure heavy use or high traffic. If you’re unsure what type of wood was used for the furniture’s construction, don’t be afraid to ask.
2# How is the Framework Put Together?
When looking for furniture at a cheaper price point, be sure to look at how the pieces were actually assembled. Was the piece screwed, doweled or glued together? Many times furniture manufacturers will simply staple wood frames together and these frames will fail much sooner. You will never see a quality wood frame made of oak or maple stapled together.
3# Fabric Durability
Fabric durability should be a major factor when deciding to buy any piece of furniture. Since a good quality leather sofa or chair is likely to be out of the question if you’re on a smaller budget, vinyl upholstery fabric is a good alternative to real leather and considerably less expensive. Cotton is a good choice for resisting wear and fading. However, cotton blends (polyester) are more resistant to spills and stains. Micro-fiber has a reasonable price point and can withstand virtually anything – including kids and pets.
Tip: Always measure the space where your furniture is going, and the pieces, before buying. This also includes any narrow doorways, hallways and tight stairwell corners as well.
Modern furniture doesn’t have to come at a high cost, you just need to be a smart shopper. Having a clear idea of the look you want to achieve for your home also helps as this will enable you to narrow down your choices.
4# First things first
Know the difference between modern and contemporary furniture because they are not the same. When you go for modern furniture, you basically want that open and spacious look for your home as this is one of the pillars of modern furniture design, pieces that are wider and are elevated a few inches off the ground.
Contemporary furniture is more of a combination of various furniture pieces from different eras, while modern furniture focuses on furniture trends that were prominent in circa 1920-1950.
Modern Abstract Metal Art by Jon Allen.
5# Shop Online
You’ll stand a better chance of finding cheap modern furniture when you shop online.
Why? Because traditional department and furniture stores often only carry brand-name modern furniture and not much else. This means that aside from buying the ‘name’ of the company, you are also paying for a part of the store’s operational expenses. As a result, you end up paying more than the furniture is worth, even it is offered at a discount.
Shopping online not only give you the freedom to purchase what you need in your own time, but you actually have more options to choose from because you can browse through dozens of furniture selections in a few simple clicks. ( Recommend : Poundex, Coaster Home Furnishings, Winsome Trading Inc )
6# Bargain Centres
Have you ever wondered why a lot of furniture manufacturers attempt to recreate that rustic yet cosy feel of old furniture by imitating colour and texture and introducing these into modern pieces? It’s because these concepts appeal to the market at large. You can get the same look and feel for your modern furniture without the high costs by checking out bargain centres that sell pre-owned pieces that are still in good condition or perhaps a closing-out furniture sale in one of the local shops in your area. Think of it as going on a treasure hunt. You’ll surely come up with some surprising finds.
Going for a modern look in your home does not have to burn a huge hole in your pocket. All you need is some time and a bit of creativity.
Buying cheap bedroom furniture does not necessarily mean opting for run-down pieces at the local flea market. You have to remember that cheap does not always mean inferior and that you don’t have to compromise quality for affordability.
7# Wholesale and Clearance Depots
It is often wisest to shop at wholesale and clearance depots instead of making a beeline for the nearest department store. Not only are the prices for bedroom furniture cheaper in these places, but you will also find that a lot of the items being sold are from some of the best furniture manufacturers in the market. Sure, you will probably find that some furniture pieces do not come in the colour you like or perhaps the style you want, but keep in mind that you can always mix and match different pieces to come up with a look for your bedroom that is all your own.
8# Small Furniture Manufacturers
“Branded” furniture will always cost more than furniture from small manufacturers because you are, in part, paying a premium to use a company’s name. It is more sensible to shop at smaller manufacturers for two reasons: one – they produce a limited amount of furniture and are therefore able to ensure the quality of each piece made on their production lines, and two – they have to work extra hard to establish a solid reputation and will likely offer the best craftsmanship possible for every piece of furniture they put up for sale.
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The Internet is the largest marketplace you will ever find, so make use of it. Online furniture retail stores are not bounded by walls or storage facilities so you have a better chance of finding those exact pieces of furniture that you have in mind. Aside from this, overhead costs are practically non-existent so you don’t have to worry about the store’s operational expenses being passed on to you as a customer. There are even some online furniture stores that offer a complete range of furnishings and essentials such as pillows, comforters, and mattresses, aside from their regular selections, so you can shop for everything you need without ever leaving your home. Place your order, make a payment, and wait for the items to be delivered. It is that simple. ( Recommend : South Shore, Coaster Home Furnishings, Sleep Master )
Now, who says you can’t shop for excellent bedroom furniture on a limited budget?
Shopping for outdoor furniture is not as difficult as you might imagine, that is, if you know what to look for and where to find the best bargains.
10# Buy out of Season
Spring is not the perfect time to purchase cheap outdoor furniture as demand is high during this season and provides enough reason for stores to sell their selections at higher prices. Try shopping a few months earlier, particularly during the winter months as stores tend to slash the prices of outdoor furniture during this period.
If you must shop during spring months, opt for furniture on clearance. You don’t necessarily have to buy the latest designs, and more often than not, last year’s designs can be better than the new arrivals.
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11# Buy single items
Don’t always think that purchasing an outdoor furniture set costs less than buying single items. There are times when furniture sets come with items that you don’t actually need and this only adds to the amount of money you that you spend. If you only need a few pieces of furniture, opt for single purchases. Buying a single item means that you can match it with other pieces of furniture according to your taste, so you have plenty of room to be creative. ( Recommend : Strathwood, 2×4 Basics, RST Outdoor )
One store’s cheap furniture selection may be another’s more expensive offerings. Spend some time comparing prices of the furniture you want and look for the cheapest deals. Which stores offer free shipping? Which offer freebies that you can really use along with the furniture you might purchase? It also wouldn’t hurt to browse through those coupons you’ve been saving and check if there are any you could use to put towards the cost of the furniture.
Every penny saved when buying cheap furniture is money that you can use for other household needs, so keep these suggestions in mind before forking over your hard-earned cash.
Article From : Harnsworth, Peter (2013-03-29). 12 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Cheap Furniture