Filed Under Furniture, Furniture Pictures, Home Decoration Pictures, Decoration Design | Posted on September 5, 2007
Where To Find Find High-Quality, Low-Cost Furniture?
Furnishing an apartment comes with its own set of special challenges. Your rent payment may eat up a huge portion of your paycheck, limiting the range of places you can shop. If you live in a dense city like New York or San Francisco, you may not have a car to haul the furniture to your building. If you live in a walk-up, just getting your new furniture up the stairs may require the help of a few strong friends who owe you some favors. On top of all this, your options are probably limited by the size and shape of your apartment, with its strangely shaped rooms, narrow staircases, tiny bedrooms and low doorways.
All these obstacles can make you want to throw up your hands and maintain a monastically simple apartment, living with nothing more than a bare mattress and stacks of milk crates. Thanks to the Internet, it doesn’t have to be this way! You can find a number of reliable places online to buy cheap, high-quality furniture. You won’t have to worry about transporting your new pieces or hauling them up the stairs. The size specifications are usually noted right on the website, so you can easily determine whether they’ll fit. You can do all your shopping from the convenience of your own apartment. Need some ideas?
The Bedroom — Whether you need a new bed, dresser or wardrobe, there’s no limit to the amount you can pay. Luckily, you can buy discount bedroom furniture online. The first places to look are websites for well-established discount furniture stores. Many of these offer shipping all over the United States. Wal-Mart and Ikea offer the same low prices and selection as their store locations. Wal-Mart’s bed frames start at $90 (photo) while Ikea’s bed frames will run you anywhere from $30 to $400. Fortunately, mattress companies also deliver.
The Office — If you work from home or attend school, you may have carved out part of your apartment as office space. The more stuff you bring home, the more you’ll need furniture to help store and organize it. At Staples, you can buy discount office furniture online. Many file cabinets cost less than $100 and will help keep office papers from creeping into the rest of your apartment. Desks at Ikea run anywhere from $60 to $300, and you can also purchase inexpensive desk chairs. One of the drawbacks of having a home office is that many of your storage options can make your apartment look like a prison cell. Instead, check out cabinets and shelves available at The Container Store, which contribute to — rather than detract from — the homey atmosphere in your apartment.
The Living Room — If you’re in the market for a coffee table, bookcase or other shelving, it’s easy to find inexpensive models at Target, where bookcases start as low as $30. The real living room challenge is finding cheap couches, chairs and ottomans. Overstock.com features page after page of low-cost furniture, often for less than the manufacturers’ prices, and they deliver across the United States. Before you make any online furniture purchases, review the shipping and handling costs carefully. They can easily break your budget. If you’d like to save a little cash by buying online and picking the item up yourself, see what people are selling at Amazon.com, Ebay.com or craigslist.org. Each of these sites has a separate furniture section. If you have a little patience and access to a van, you can get incredible deals from people who need to unload their furniture and don