(Closed) Furnishing your new home

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love sites like craigslist for this.  Or liquidation centres.  Or family.  Haha 😉

I read somewhere you shouldn’t buy something (ie. a toaster) just because “it’s a staple”.  Do you really eat toast?  Or drink coffee?  Or whatever.  Think before you buy!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

But things slowly.  Maybe make a budget for how much you want to spend each month on “home stuff”.  Or stock up on a clearance sales 🙂 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Definitely check out craigslist! Remember, not everything has to match right away. It’s okay to buy cheap things and ‘make do’ for awhile before buying what you really want.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I went to a lot of antique stores. They have a lot of refubished antique furniture, so it’s cheap but cute, just my style 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Well, I’m not furnishing a house, but an apartment.  I’m starting out and so I sat down to write out a huge list of everything that we need.  FI and I went over it together.  Our family have been generous in giving us lightly used items for the apartment.  FI’s mother has bought us a few things as well.

I actually said to Fiance the other day that I don’t know how the hell we would ever furnish an entire house!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Everything shouldnt match! (IE chair to couch) if you have an eye for style and even a little rehab. Check out flea markets, tag/yard sales etc. In addition to great sales. Buy as you have money and “make do” with everything else. Otherwise you will end up wiht really cheap, bad quality for a long time.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Check out a Goodwill near you. Or if you have any friends that are getting married/buying new furniture, they may be looking to get rid of their older stuff. As others have said, start out with free/cheap stuff to “make do” until you can afford to slowly upgrade.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with the above posters but I would add check out furniture stores sales sections. I got an end table for 25 dollars, it was a three piece set but one of the pieces in the set was broken so they sold the other two pieces seperately and at a low price.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We love crate and barrel, costco, target, and ikea

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mkewed2010: I totally agree with this! Budget yourself a certain amount of money each month for home stuff. Make a list of what the priority items are and then go wild each month with the money you’ve put aside. At least then you don’t have to worry about that money being for something else more important, like food, or savings.

I’m not furnishing a new house, but I STILL have a “household/maintenance” category/budget where I set money aside for those specific things. Makes life easy.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

For towels, I like Wal-Mart’s Better Homes and Garden brand.  They’re inexpensive, but very fluffy and thick.

I agree with buying small stuff on Craigslist, like lamps, tables, maybe evening a dining set, but I would be careful with upholstered stuff because you never know about bedbugs.  If you order on Overstock, things are delivered right to your front door, even beds and large furniture, for $2!

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We started with the couch then worked out. Picked out rug to go with the couch, then a coffee table then side tables, etc. Since it’s a living/dining/den all in one (one bedroom apt) we then found a dining table and desk that would fit in the remaining space and looked nice with our other furniture.

After all of those major items were purchased, we then went shopping for accent pieces like couch pillows, vases, lamps, wall hangings, etc. It came together slowly but surely. The main thing to keep in mind is to pick out pieces that are your style and fit your space, then make them work. For example if you LOVE a navy blue headboard for your new bed and it’s the right size/scale then just go for it and order bedding to compliment it. We did this with our rug too, our white shag rug was picked out specifically to compliment the light grey couch.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

We did the same thing as the PP. Our first big purchase was a couch and a chair, and then we worked from there. We got a lot of pieces from Ikea, target and walmart. Also, if you are into this type of thing, re-finishing furniture is awesome. Our family had given us a few reallyyyy old pieces but with some sandpaper and stain they look brand new!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we have lots and lots from ikea

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