Buying used furniture is a great idea. It helps you save money, gives money back to others in your community, and even saves the environment from another unnecessary addition to a landfill; but there are lots of things we could do while shopping for used furniture to make our lives even easier. Check out our list of tips below to get the most out of recycling (and up-cycling) used furniture.
- Look for Used Furniture in Alternative Places: Most people flock to Craigslist, garage sales, and consignment shops for discounted used furniture. Many do not know that there are alternative places that you can find, sometimes higher quality, used furniture. For instance, a lot of hotels will give away their furniture when remodeling. Try calling around hotels in your area to see if they’re getting ready to part with any pieces. Another option is furniture retailers. Furniture retailers often rent furniture to corporations/film sets and have gently used pieces they will sell for a discounted price after a certain point.
- Consider Re-upholstery: If you can look past an interesting piece’s strains and rips, you can customize a gorgeous antique to your own custom style with a little work. Not sure how to do it? Check out these tips for reupholstering a chair.
- Shop with dimensions in hand: While a piece of used furniture may look great and fit a need you have, it may still not be the right fit. Save yourself the trouble by being aware of the room you have in your home before you purchase. It’s not enough to imagine the space, but measure it too. There’s nothing more disappointing then buying a piece, getting it home, and finding it won’t fit.
- Think Twice Before Buying a Used Mattress: This tip is the hardest to take. While it may seem like the most affordable option, unfortunately used mattresses can contain pricey pests. Los Angeles is annually at the top of the list of cities with the most bed bug infestations. While bed bugs can be treated, treatment prices can range from $1,500 to $2,000 for a 200 sq ft. place. It’s important to that in consideration when you calculate the cost of a new mattress vs. an old one. If you can’t get a new mattress right away, consider a new futon mattress or air mattress in the mean time.
- Know Your Limits: Consider the price of the item, what you can fix, how much it will cost, and what you really can’t fix. There’s no use investing in used furniture if you can’t afford to really keep and use it. Some fixes are cheap and easy to do. Scratches on wood furniture can often be easily filled in with scratch pens and wood can be stained sometimes with only household ingredients. If parts of the furniture are completely missing, the piece is not cheap enough, or you’re not really ready for a complete overhaul, it’s probably not worth your time, space, or money.
- Pick Hardwood Over Laminate: It’s usually pretty easy to tell the difference between good quality hardwood furniture over cheaply made laminate furniture. Laminate furniture is usually shiny and often still bears stickers showing user-assembly. These pieces are usually cheaply made and are more difficult to repair. Older, more quality made hardwood furniture is overall a better investment.
- Use Buddytruk to Take it Home: Instead of wasting a bunch of money on renting a moving truck or wasting a favor with a friend to borrow theirs, try Buddytruk. Our drivers are ready to provide on demand moving help when you need it. Download Buddytruk for iOS or Buddytruk for Android to save money while moving items.
Have any of your own tips to share from previous experience? Shout out below!