This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT . All opinions are 100% mine.
This year has been all about decluttering and laying the groundwork for our future. We’ve been getting rid of things that aren’t essential to our everyday lives and making room for the things that truly make us happy. We purged a lot! I’ll be honest that the process was overwhelming but it felt so refreshing to get rid of all of the junk that we didn’t need. We cleaned out our closet, our kitchen, bathroom, and office. I don’t think that there’s a room in our home that went untouched. It was hard letting go of things that we’ve had for years but we really needed a fresh start.
A part of our cleanse included saying goodbye to old furniture that we just couldn’t hold onto anymore. Some of the furniture in our home is about 7 years old. It had to go. We wanted to start fresh and go in a different direction with the decor. The only problem is that we’re on such a tight budget since we are in home-buying mode. If you’ve ever bought a home, you know that you need every penny possible. However, we were able to furnish and re-decorate our entire living room without breaking the bank with these simple furniture shopping tips.
Budget-Friendly Furniture Shopping Tips
1. Know what pieces you’re looking for.
We needed to know what pieces we were looking for before we started our furniture shopping. The living room would be our first room to tackle since it had the oldest furniture. We’ve had our sofa for 7 years. We bought it when we first moved to Orlando. It’s red and not very flattering to our living room space so making the decision to toss it was easy. It has been through more flu seasons than I’d like to count. It had to go! Once we decided that we were starting with our living room, we had to decide how we wanted the space to look. A sectional was an absolute must for us. Our family is growing and we love to entertain. A sectional would allow us to entertain our guests without having to worry about extra seating. If you’re not sure what style you’re going for, Pinterest is always the best place to start. I love to scour boards for design inspiration before even setting foot into a store. Having the entire picture of what you want your space to look like will help you to stay on budget and not overspend.
2. Discuss your budget with your family in advance.
Sectionals can easily break the bank if you’re not careful. My husband and I sat down and crunched numbers so that we knew what would realistically fit into our budget. The last thing that you want is to pick out your favorite pieces in the store and not be able to take them home because they don’t fit into your budget.
Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on the quality. There are so many places that have high quality pieces for every budget. Our go-to store is CORT Clearance Center in Winter Park. It’s the perfect place for anyone shopping on a budget.
3. Don’t forget about the decor.
One thing that slip most people’s minds when putting together their furniture budget is the decor. You’re going to want to decorate the space to compliment your new furniture so make sure to include that into your budget. We found that CORT Clearance Center had a large variety of accent pieces available. If you’re not the best decorator, that’s okay too. CORT offers a by-the-room purchase option that’s perfect for anyone. If you see a room that you love, you can buy the entire room just the way it is! Isn’t that so simple? If you’re opting for purchasing furniture instead, you can purchase the room decorated as is too! There were so many different styles to choose from that it’s hard to walk away without something you’ll love.
4. Take advantage of the sales.
One of my best furniture shopping tips is to take advantage of the sales. Throughout CORT’s showroom you’ll find green, purple, and red dots. Each dot represents a different percentage savings. Be on the lookout for those dots when choosing which pieces to buy because you’ll end up saving even more.
5. Rent instead.
CORT offers a wide range of new and gently used furniture that can be either rented or purchased. Furniture rental is a great budget-friendly option especially if you like to change your decor seasonally, move often, or even if you’re a college student that needs to furnish your home. CORT’s on-demand furniture rental process is hassle-free and has flexible leasing options.
CORT Clearance Center was the best decision for our family! We stayed under budget and are so in love with our new living room. I can’t wait to share which pieces we took home.
Are the any furniture shopping tips that you live by? Let me know below.