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How do I Choose the Best Affordable Living Room Furniture?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 16, 2024
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To choose the best affordable living room furniture, it is best to plan the look you want for the living room ahead of time. You might choose what types of furniture and decor you are looking for, such as the shapes, colors, patterns, or fabric types you want to use for the furniture, or try to take inspiration from a specific piece. You do not need to stick stringently to your plan, but it is best to have a general idea ahead of time so you know what types of affordable living room furniture you are looking for.

When you are trying to choose the best affordable living room furniture, it may be best to do it over a period of time rather than all at once. Allowing yourself the time and freedom to find exactly what you are looking for will not only help you find the best pieces, but it will help you to save money because you don't feel pressured to buy the first thing you see. Spend some time visiting different furniture stores and shopping online. Yard sales and flea markets can also be great places to find affordable furniture.

Keep in mind that you can often find affordable living room furniture that needs a bit of fixing up as well, for a great price. Wooden pieces such as chairs or end tables can often be beautifully refurnished; chairs, couches, or pillows can be covered with inexpensive slipcovers for a whole new look. Choosing the best living room furniture is easiest when you do not limit yourself.

Of course, you may want to choose affordable living room furniture brand new from a furniture store. In that case, you may want to choose to shop the sale fliers; furniture stores often offer great deals around different holidays, for example. Another option is to choose the furniture you want and then put it on layaway, paying it off over time. Stores may also offer deals with zero percent financing for a period of time.

The actual furniture you choose is entirely based on your personal preferences. You might select furniture with an extended or lifetime warranty against damage or defects. It might be best to only purchase pieces for the living room one at a time, in order to save money and find the best pieces. Consider also the size of the room you are purchasing furniture for, be sure that the furniture will all fit without looking cluttered or overdone, and finally be sure that the furniture not only looks good by is comfortable as well.

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Discussion Comments
By Spotiche5 — On Aug 03, 2014

Purchasing used furniture is a great way to save money, but you have to be very careful about what you buy and put in your home. Wooden pieces such as tables can easily be fixed and refinished. However, couches and chairs could pose several problems because of the fabric and construction.

Old stains and odors on this type of furniture is often undetectable until you get it home. Damage in the furniture's structure, such as broken boards and springs, are hard to see upon first glance. Another problem with fabric is that sometimes insects such as bedbugs and fleas are hidden within the fibers, just waiting to infest a house.

When it comes to used items with cords such as lamps and televisions, you also have to be careful. Damage such as frayed electrical cords can be dangerous. People may also be selling such items because they don't work properly all the time, so buyer beware.

By Ocelot60 — On Aug 02, 2014

Most communities have discount furniture stores that offer affordable living room furniture without the need to wait for sales or discounts. At one of these stores, you should be able to furnish your entire living room with a living room set, lamps, artwork, and tables for a fraction of the price you would pay at other types of furniture stores.

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