The excitement and anxiety of renting your first apartment is just some of the joys that college grads have to look forward to. Furnishing your first apartment can be difficult, especially if you are low on funds, as most grads are when they’re entering the real world after college. Here are a few inexpensive ideas for sturdy furniture that will fit perfectly in that first apartment:
- Consider yard sales, garage sales, and thrift stores. All of these options offer affordable furniture that can be used in your first apartment. Although it can sometimes be fairly hard to find furniture at yard sales, check out thrift stores to see if they have any sturdy, non-stained furniture like sofas and chairs, which will usually be available at pretty cheap prices.
- Check out Craigslist. There are usually dozens of people getting rid of their furniture to make room for new pieces. Take advantage of this and score some great furniture for reasonable prices, but be sure to be cautious as there are many scams on Craigslist just waiting to take advantage of people. If you luck out, you may even find some good furniture for free!
- Ask family and friends. Many people know of someone within their network who have some furniture they need to get rid of. Ask family and friends to keep an ear out for anyone who is selling or giving away sofas, chairs, end tables, beds, mattresses, or dining tables.
- Wait for sales at furniture rental stores. Places like Rent-A-Center® and Aaron’s® will sometimes have special sales where they sell of pieces of furniture they can no longer rent out, such as those items that are slightly stained, damaged, or in need of paint or refurbishing. You can find great high-end pieces that only need a new coat of paint, new upholstery, a deep cleaning, or a new wood stain.