How to Save Money When Buying Furniture

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How to save money When buying furniture for your home! See all my budget friendly tips to get the exact furniture you want while saving hundreds of dollars!

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture

Let’s be honest, decorating, buying furniture, and filling your home with everything it needs can get incredibly expensive. But I have some helpful tips and tricks for how to save money when buying furniture!

I always hear people who have just purchased a new house talk about the laundry list of things they still need to buy in order for their home to be complete. I get that there are necessities like having a place to sit, a place to eat, and a place to sleep that take priority, but a lot of the other stuff can wait.

And guess what else? It doesn’t have to drain your bank account either. There are two things I have learned after we became homeowners. Don’t rush the process, and don’t run out and buy everything brand new.

My husband and I just recently had a random conversation about all the big furniture items we have in our home and where they came from. I was kind of surprised that only a few items were bought brand new from a retail store.

Then it got me thinking about how much money we have saved doing it the way we have. I mean we are talking hundreds of dollars. Here is how we did it!

Buy Furniture Secondhand

I love that buying secondhand these days doesn’t come with the stigma that you can’t afford certain things. Instead it has become such a huge trend in decorating and elsewhere. I personally happen to prefer buying secondhand for a few reasons.

  1. You have more of an opportunity to find pieces that are one of a kind and that not everyone else has.
  2. You can find a piece with good bones and customize it exactly how you want it with some paint, stain, or new hardware.
  3. It usually is way cheaper, or you can negotiate the price.

Also, there are so many fun ways you can shop secondhand furniture. Yard sales, estate sales, Goodwill, Craigslist, etc. But let me tell you something, Facebook Marketplace has been pure gold when it comes to finding exactly what I am looking for. I highly suggest trying it out first.

Here are some of the finds in our home we have bought secondhand:

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Armoire | Found on Facebook Marketplace | Paid $20.00 | Painted Outside, Stained Inside, New Hardware

See the before and makeover HERE

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Vintage Dresser | Found on Facebook Marketplace | Paid $25.00 | Painted Bottom, Stained Top, Original Hardware
How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
TV Armoire | Found on Facebook Marketplace | Paid $75.00 | No Updates
How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Vintage Jenny Lind Twin Bed Frame | Found at Yard Sale | Paid $35.00 | No Updates
How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
End Table | Found at Flea Market | Paid $5.00 | Painted Bottom, Stained Top, Added Molding on Sides

See Before and Makeover HERE

New Antique Dining Room Hutch
Vintage Wooden Hutch | Found on Facebook Marketplace | Paid $200.00 (rare occasion you fork over more money for a heirloom piece) | No Updates

Take in Free Hand-Me-Downs

Well, nothing beats free right? There will be times where a friend or family member just wants to get a piece of furniture off their hands and offers it to you for free. It might not be your style, but try to look past that and imagine how you could change it to better fit what you want. The power of paint, people!

There have been a lot of pieces that have been passed down to us, some with sentimental meaning, others not so much. But I always, always try to see what I can do with it before I decline. Because like I said, free is the way to go!

Here are some finds in our home that are hand-me-downs:

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Vintage Cedar Chest | Hand-Me-Down | Paid $0.00 | Painted Bottom, Stained Top

See Before and Makeover HERE

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Tall Oak Dresser | Hand-Me-Down | Paid $0.00 | Stripped Paint Off, Stained Natural, Original Hardware
How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Hutch | Hand-Me-Down | Paid $0.00 | Painted and Distressed

See Before and Makeover HERE

DIY or Build Your Own Furniture

How many times have you had an image in your head of the perfect piece of furniture for a specific space, but you can’t find something similar in any store? I have been there a thousand times, and it is such a let down! Much like finding potential in secondhand finds and being able to customize them to satisfy your style, DIYing them yourself is even better.

You get to decide measurements, material, color, texture, hardware, etc. All of it is exactly how you want it. I understand that building a piece of furniture seems way more difficult and time consuming than just buying something in the store. But honestly, in my experience it has been worth it.

A lot of my DIY furniture builds are super simple and don’t require much more than a saw, nails, and a hammer. And going with the theme of things, they are way cheaper to build than to buy.

Here are a few DIY furniture builds in our home:

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Planked Nightstands | DIY | Approx. $55.00 Total for Two Nightstands

See Full Tutorial for Planked Nightstands HERE

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Crate Side Tables | DIY | Approx. $60.00 Total for Two Side Tables

See Full Tutorial for Crate Side Tables HERE

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Industrial Coffee Table | DIY | Approx $75.00

See Full Tutorial of Industrial Coffee Table HERE

Repurpose Old Pieces

This one might be my favorite because it involves really looking outside the box and getting creative. When I’m roaming around thrift shops or flea markets, I am always finding random pieces that I can turn into something else. Or even when I have a piece of furniture that I am about to throw out, I weigh all options if it can be repurposed somewhere else in our home.

I love finding something old and turning it into something new. It’s pieces like this that can really add character and charm to a space. And you know I am all about some character and charm!

Here are a few pieces I have repurposed in our home:

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Vintage Door Headboard | Repurposed Old Door into Bed Headboard | Approx. $40.00

See Full Tutorial for Vintage Door Headboard HERE

How to Save Money When Buying Furniture
Bookshelf Kitchen Island | Repurposed Old Target Bookshelf into Kitchen Island | Approx. $5.00 to Repurpose

See Full Tutorial for Bookshelf Kitchen Island HERE

So, if you do the math here, I have included 16 pieces of furniture in my house that we paid approximately $600 for. If you throw in some paint, stain, new hardware, and other materials for the makeovers and builds, I would say we would be closer $700.

I think $700 for 16 pieces of furniture is a pretty good deal! And the majority of these pieces are custom and cannot be found in anyone else’s home. That’s what I love about all these different ways of how to save money buying furniture.

I hope this helps you see that the unconventional ways of shopping for furniture can be the most beneficial.

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  1. Hi! Ive been doing the shabby chic thing for a few yrs now. However, Im 63 and its time for a “less is more” theme, in order to simplify my cleaning and organizing. Wont bore u with details why. So I LOVE the farmhouse/shabby look. Im trying to figure out the easiest way to convert over to more of the simpler farmhouse look and/or incorporate some of my shabby chic into it. Im willing to part with most of my frilly stuff to do it. I just cant figure out how or where to start. Can you help me with this, ideas, suggestions, etc..?

    1. I just discovered u by accident and love ur furniture ideas. So thats what inspired me to contact you with the converting over question.

  2. I have always been attracted by the furniture you have in your home and the way you have styled them. I love old pieces of furniture. You have a beautiful home and I admire the way you have furnished it. Great blog post. I know it won’t be long before the baby comes and I pray you are both doing well.

    1. Awe, thanks so much Nancy! Your compliments means the world to me! And baby and I are doing great! Im 28 weeks and feeling good! Getting anxious for July to get here so we can meet him or her!

  3. Love all your new/old furniture. Do you remember when you purchased the grayish coverlet/quilt that is on one of your beds?

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