Soon it will be the beginning of the semester and many students will leave Hotel Mama and start looking after themselves. Do you also want to leave home and do not know exactly how to finance your furnishings? Here are 7 tips for low-budget furnishings.
1. Check what you need
First, it helps to create a checklist: What do I really need now and what can wait? In the first week of freedom in your own home it does not need to be perfectly furnished. You can wait a little for all the furniture and the decorative details. This will allow you to find original and inexpensive furnishings. However, so that the first few days in your own home don't become a struggle for survival, you should take along the following basics when you move into your home: Bed, a few chairs, table, dishes and cutlery. And don't forget: lamps! You do not want to spend the first hours in the new home in the dark, right?
2. Set priorities
Once you know what you still need, a priority list can help. If you do not have a cuddly bed yet, you don’t have to look for the perfect decorations yet. A first possible point of contact for useful and cheap furniture is your relatives. Perhaps over the years, pieces of furniture have accumulated in your parents' or in relatives’ houses, which they'll gladly hand over to the younger generation.
3. Bargain from the thrift shop
Thrift shops often have a large selection of inexpensive furniture and crockery. If you like browsing, you've come to the right place. From time to time, you will find original and beautiful decorative utensils, such as vases, pictures and more, between all the other bric-a-brac. But also, with second-hand shops the following applies: You must compare prices! Not everything that comes second-hand is automatically cheap. Sometimes you can still negotiate the price, for example, if you buy a table and chairs together.