When it comes to moving into a new place, the adjustment process can be quite overwhelming. From buying new furniture to selecting decor, expenses can add up quickly and it can be tricky for those sticking to a budget. Fortunately, there are ways to affordably furnish a new home.
First, experts say it’s important for the homeowner to evaluate their lifestyle and target each space individually.
“First choose what room you want to focus on and which one you want to tackle first and you can take it over time to get to the other rooms,” said Alejandro Alvarez Correa, chief marketing officer at American Signature Inc. in Columbus, which owns companies such as Value City Furniture. “The space doesn’t dictate what you need to prioritize as much as your needs do.”
June Sedlak Mooney, owner and interior designer at Studio J in Dublin, said, “I would definitely guide my client toward whatever the most important needs are, whether it be dining or seating area for watching TV or relaxing at night.”
For those who enjoy social events, they may want to begin by targeting the living and dining areas because that’s where gatherings will take place. For others who crave a sanctuary after work, the bedroom and bathroom are great places to start.
Correa said when it comes to targeting those desired spaces, accessories are the easiest ways to revamp the home. By adding accessories to larger pieces the homeowner already has, it can create an expensive, new look for less.
“Things like accessories, throw pillows, rugs, coffee tables; those are great ways to refresh a larger piece that may be more expensive to get, like a sofa or a dining table,” he said.
Correa said accessories also help change the look of the home by upgrading old furniture without requiring new pieces to be purchased.
“When you move into an apartment, you may have items that you may be bringing with you that you could live with that are fine for the apartment,” he said.
However, there may be some furniture that needs to be replaced. In that case, Mooney said it’s important to invest in high quality items that will be long-lasting.
“You want to still get the quality piece so you’re not in that same bind a couple of years down the road having to replace something,” she said.
Correa said that these pieces do not have to be expensive.
“Don’t feel like you have to give up on style and quality depending on the price you can afford,” he said. “There are places out there with designer looks where you can get good quality, great style for an appropriate price.”
“If you’re on a budget and you want to make your dollar stretch, instead of looking for an expert you can rely on store assistants that may be very well-versed or you can also rely on inspirational places like Pinterest,” he said .
Mooney said it is important to speak with salespeople about your design goals before making a purchase.
“Let your designer or salesperson know what your budget is going forward and what your expectations are and what your priorities are,” she said.
Mooney also suggested asking vendors about any programs or sales they have that may allow shoppers to narrow down their choices while still shopping for high quality items.
The bottom line is there is no need to compromise based on price, Correa said.
“You don’t have to basically compromise or give up on something you like because you can’t afford it. Now there are options.”
Lizzie Eidt attends The Ohio State University in Columbus and writes for the student newspaper, The Lantern.
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