A Place to Sit: How to Save Money on Furniture

Furniture is your home’s centerpiece, plus it’s a major investment.  So when you pick a piece, you want it to last as long as possible.

But how can you find the right balance between quality and affordability? Here are some tips to guide your next furniture purchase.

  • First thing’s first—measure the space you want to fill as well as your front door. You don’t want to buy something that won’t fit.
  • Visit furniture stores at the end of a season. Retailers need to make room for new designs, so at the end of summer you’ll see lighter, colorful patterns go on sale. As winter ends, look for darker, earthy tones.
  • Find a style you like then visit a store that will make a copycat version. Sometimes the quality is just as good, but the price is significantly lower simply because it’s not a brand name.
  • Around Labor Day, look for great sales on dining room furniture—that’s when retailers discount dining sets in anticipation of the holiday season.
  • If you need a quick fix and affordability is more important than longevity, you can save a lot of money with unassembled furniture. Keep in mind, though, that this furniture typically does not transport well. If you’re planning a move soon, wait till you get settled in your new place.
  • You can save a lot of money if you work with what you have. Furniture can be reupholstered, painted or stained to give it a new look.
  • For a good mix of price and quality, look for deals on discount sites like Overstock.com. Check their Clearance Bin for up to 60% off and you can apply a coupon code to save even more.

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