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One of the first things to take a hit when money is tight is a home’s interior design. Believe it or not, there are quite a few ways to save money and still have a modern and stylish home.

Check out the following options to change the look and feel of your home without spending too much.

Shop secondhand

People all over your community are always looking to get rid of extra belongings, and furniture is always on that list. If you love the look of vintage items, check out estate sales and yard sales throughout your neighborhood to score great deals.

You can also shop online classifieds, which gives the option to view pictures before you make a trip, or watch for stores and hotels that may be closing up shop. These places will typically sell the items they have in stock or on the floor, giving you a great deal on furniture that’s in great condition.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

If you’re sick of your couch, but don’t have the means to buy your dream piece, consider giving it a DIY facelift. Recovering a couch is a tougher project for beginners, but you can select the fabric and simply pay the cost of labor for a seamstress to create a cover. Do the same for any fabric chairs that you have in your home and you’ll be amazed at the difference a simple change can make.

Shop online first

Before you go into a furniture store ready to make a big purchase, conduct some research at home. Check out pricing of similar (or identical) models on big retailer websites, then bring proof of that pricing to the store. If the price is lower online or at other stores, you may be able to score price-matching discounts simply by asking the question. After all, the worst they can say is no.

Understand furniture pricing differences

You may wonder why a nice looking desk costs five times as much as the desk you bought from a discount store in college. When it comes to wood furniture, there are three main categories: particle board or composite, veneers, and solid wood.

Particle board furniture is the cheapest, and it may look nice for the time being, but the pieces aren’t very solid and won’t hold up well over years of use. Veneer wood has a cheaper base covered with rings of sturdier wood, while solid wood is the most expensive and most durable.

Know your lifestyle

If you plan to shop for new furniture pieces, consider the use of each. If you have pets or kids that might make things messy, steer clear of white or other neutral tones, as they’ll quickly become ruined and no longer look nice. Bright and bold colors can be nice as accent pieces, but use caution in decorating an entire room in lime green. Trends change and fad items can date your space.

As you shop for furniture, you can easily change the look of your home without spending a whole month’s paycheck by doing a bit of research before you start buying.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.