How to Find Cheap Furniture

If you're pinching pennies, it's important to find furniture that fits your decorating style and your budget. Save money but satisfy your inner interior designer with these cheap furniture tips.

You will need

  • Internet access
  • Newspaper inserts
  • Handyman ability
  • Measuring tape (optional)

Step 1 Search Craiglist, garage sales, thrift shops Scour, garage sales, and thrift stores for hip, budget-friendly used furniture.

Step 2 Search online Use a computer to search online. Compare the prices and details of similar pieces at various stores; once you’ve narrowed down your favorites, visit each store in person to find the best deal.

Step 3 Shop warehouse stores Shop at warehouse stores, which often carry furniture items that are hundreds of dollars cheaper than retail venues. Many of these warehouse stores don’t offer delivery.

Step 4 Build it yourself Choose build-it-yourself pieces. If you’re a fan of modern furniture, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA might be right up your alley.

Step 5 Find hand-me-downs Look for hand-me-downs. Scour your parents’ basement or attic — they may be happy to be rid of an old item while you gain a new-to-you furniture item.