How to Furnish Your Apartment on a Budget
Furnishing your off-campus apartment is exciting, until you see how much that furniture costs. On top of that your financial aid package doesn't take furniture into consideration, since you keep furniture as a asset after you buy it. It might not be the right time for you to make long term investments in your furniture, so how can you furnish your apartment cheaply:
(1) Ikea. I know it's cliche, but it's true. This build it yourself option could be for you! Just be sure that you are prepared with a hammer, a screwdriver set and a ton of elbow grease patience. Other Ikea-ish options to consider are Target and Walmart. These stores have similar build-your-own options as well as treasures of the plastic variety.
(2) Previously loved. If Ikea doesn't fit your need for individuality you can find furniture as your local used furniture store. This option can offer you discounts on used, but quality options. Just be careful what you get! Try to stick to wooden options and nothing upholstered that could have inhabitants of its own (aka bed bugs) and never buy a used mattress! You can also post and search for furniture sales by other students on our furniture exchange message boards.
(3) Rent. You're already renting your apartment, why not rent furniture too! It can be surprisingly affordable and relieve you of the stress (and cost) of storing your furniture after you move out. Options likes this could be the balance between quality and affordability that you are looking for!
For contact information for local new, used and rental furniture stores click here!