When you move into a new home, things get real. Furnishing each room with what you need (and want) can result in serious sticker shock. Even worse, buying furniture can turn into a complicated, stressful process. Many shoppers go to furniture stores where sales professionals take them on a tour of the inventory, tempting them to blow their budgets with little thought.
If you consider what the average person spends on furniture for each room, it’s easy to see how the total bill adds up:
- Living Room (sofa, end tables, television console, window treatments, accessories): $2,200
- Bedroom (bed frame, mattress, night stands, dresser): $3,586
- Kitchen and Dining (table and chairs, storage, kitchen necessities): $1,433
- Patio or Balcony (outdoor furniture, decorative accessories): $835
But there’s good news if you’re budget conscious. For starters, the furniture industry is undergoing massive changes, and you have more options for comparing prices and finding stylish furniture that meets your decorating goals while staying within your preferred price range. Follow these tips to learn how to buy furniture on a budget, and you can spruce up your space without breaking the bank.