If you’re shopping for furniture, no doubt one of the things you’re keeping an eye on is how to get the best furniture prices. One option is to head to the Internet or big-box stores, but the quality on these pieces is often low. If you’re looking to buy high quality furniture with some lasting value — but not bust your budget — here are a few strategies to consider:
- Keep an Eye on Seasonal Sales
Just like clothing, furniture is sold in seasons. But unlike clothing, furniture from “last season” won’t look the least bit outdated. This means you can get the best furniture prices when a store is cleaning out its stock to make room for new items — but no one will ever be able to guess that you bought your couch or fabulous bedroom furniture on sale.
- Mix and Match
Don’t be afraid to visit several stores, picking up affordable pieces at each one. As long as there’s still some continuity, the eclectic look is currently far more fashionable than all-of-a-kind living room furniture packages anyway. There’s no rule that says your dining room chairs need to be made to go with your dining table. Just use a little common sense, checking things like comparative chair and table heights, when you’re creating your own ensembles.
- Be Smart on Used Deals
Used pieces can lower your overall furnishing costs and add character to your home, and wooden pieces built even 50 years ago might be more structurally solid than what you can pick up at a big-box store today. But there are a few things to keep in mind. First, people — especially ambitious first-time DIYers — often underestimate the cost of supplies for refinishing older pieces. By the time you’ve bought an old wooden bureau, a few tools, sanding blocks, paint, dropcloths, brushes and new drawer pulls, it’s possible your savings compared to just buying a brand-new dresser have dwindled to negligibility.
How else can you get the best furniture prices without sacrificing quality? Share your advice in the comments.