A lot of people have told me about the beauty and comfort of home décor, but the best place to shop for new furniture, once you have the cash to spend, is in your own backyard.
In the new home décolletage market, which is exploding and is poised to continue expanding, there is a huge gap between what people are willing to spend and what is available in their neighborhoods.
If you are looking to save on furniture, it’s worth it to start by shopping locally.
“Home décollette is so inexpensive and versatile that it can be a very good option for many people,” says Rebecca Babb, an attorney who works for a Manhattan law firm specializing in housing and apartment litigation.
The key is to shop with a local buyer, she says.
In fact, Babb recommends a few tips for getting the most bang for your buck: shop from the inside out.
If it’s not available at your local consignment store, you can usually find it on Amazon or Craigslist.
Look for furniture that’s designed for a particular age range.
The more time people have spent in a home, the more versatile and comfortable the furniture becomes.
For example, a modern sofa that was made in the ’90s might be a great choice for a family living in the new century, says Babb.
But a vintage sofa might not be so great for a new mom.
“I see lots of people with very limited budgets who go into the consignment market because they can’t afford to spend more money,” she says, adding that she’s seen many people go into consignment with a budget of $500 to $1,000.
“They just want the right style,” she adds.
That means finding furniture that will compliment your room and house style.
“If you want a modern style, then you might look for a chair with a modern, rounded back,” says Borka.
“Or, if you want something more classic, then look for something with a contemporary silhouette, like a sofa or armchair.”
For more advice, check out this post from New York City furniture expert, David Hirsch.
“It’s very easy to get frustrated because you don’t have the money to spend on something that you want,” he says.
“But, I’d say the average consumer is pretty good at saving for things they want.”
The key to shopping efficiently, says Hirsch, is finding the best deals.
“For me, it all comes down to price.
I would look for an item that’s at the lower end of its price range, like $100 to $300, and then look at other items that are on the higher end,” he adds.
“A lot of times you’ll find the best deal on an item when you are really looking for the best value.”
If you’re looking for something to help with a down payment, you’ll need to consider that, too.
“People will try to get into furniture that is designed for people with a smaller down payment,” says Horka, pointing out that some designers may also make furniture that suits older families.
“So, you might find a $150, $200 piece that is not suited for the older generation, so you’re going to have to buy a slightly more expensive item.”
“If I wanted to have something that was for me, I would have to spend $300 on it,” says Chris Fenton, an associate professor of architecture at Brooklyn College.
“That’s a lot of money.”
The best advice, says Fenton is to find the right item for your budget.
“Make sure it’s one that’s affordable to your budget,” he advises.
“Then you can compare prices and see if you can find something that suits you.”
When you find the perfect piece, the rest is just a matter of finding the right home décolor, which can be as simple as a black and white picture frame or a bright red one.
“Once you find a picture frame, it will work great for the home déco, because you can have your picture framed or framed at night, and that way you can put your picture up in your room or office,” says Feson.
“And then you can make it work on a couch, or you can attach it to your furniture.”
In some cases, it might even work for your bedroom, says Tom Vollmer, the founder of Vollmers, a New York-based company that sells high-quality window and door frames.
“With an antique door frame, you get to put it on your wall, but with a new window frame you can place it in the living room,” he explains.
“The other thing that is important with a window frame is that it has to be really low-profile, so that it’s only going to be used by people who are really in the area.
And that’s what makes it a perfect choice for your home déc