Fact: Furnishing your home – especially if you want it to look like those dreamy photos you see on Instagram – isn’t cheap. Whether you’re moving apartments or are looking for a change of scenery, it’s going to cost an arm (and maybe a leg). But there are a few hacks to try to help save a few bucks.
1. Go online
Everything’s online these days, and if you do a little digging on the internet, you’ll find a lot of resources that can help you save a ton of money. Visit sites like Spacious, Geo Expat, Asia Xpat, Carousell, and scour Facebook for buy and sell groups. You’re bound to a steal here and there!
2. Visit thrift shops and vintage stores
You’ll be surprised at the pre-loved gems you can find in thrift shops and vintage stores. It might take some time (and some more internet research) to find the right stores and actually sift through all the options you’ll have, but if you thrive on thrift shopping, then this should totally be in your wheelhouse.
3. Explore furniture outlets
If you’ve got a specific list of items you want to furnish your home with, exploring furniture outlets is a good way to scope out initial prices. If they happen to be within your budget, then that’s even better. You can rack up a list of stores to check out and try to visit them all in one day to compare the different prices and pieces.
4. Be on the lookout for sales
Speaking of visiting furniture stores, it doesn’t hurt to be on the lookout for sales. Another thing you can do is time your visit during a seasonal sale. You can try waiting for summer sales or if you’re lucky Chinese New Year sales – the times when you can expect big discounts or maybe even some promos or giveaways from your favorite furniture brands.
5. Consider renting furniture
One of the reasons why furnishing your home is so expensive is that you usually have to purchase multiple products at full price, which can wipe your bank account clean. Here’s a concept that makes it easier on your wallet: renting. Instead of paying the full amount upfront, you can pay a monthly rental fee for different pieces of furniture for a specific duration. You can also save yourself the time you would spend reaching out to second hand sellers or visiting multiple outlets. With brands like Føerni, you can easily access and instantly view your products online.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends
There’s nothing wrong with asking around, and you just might be surprised with the results. Maybe your parents don’t need that old coffee table anymore, or maybe your friends have a couple of old but usable items to spare. Not only does this save you a lot of money, it also saves you a lot of time coordinating with strangers over the internet.
7. Make use of the talent around you
Do you have a knack for arts and crafts or love doing some DIY projects? Or maybe you know a couple of friends or family members who are talented painters or designers? Give them a call and ask for their help and/or expertise when it comes to furnishing your space. That way you’ll have something more personal to you in your home.