5 Places To Shop To Furnish Your Apartment On A Budget

Moving into your first apartment can be stressful. From getting your deposits taken care of to crafting your to-do list, there’s a lot going on, and with so much cash flowing out of your bank account, the last thing you want to think about is how furnish your new place, but there’s good news. Budget apartment furnishing is possible thanks to some key stores that you’ll definitely need to put on your shopping list. From couches to beds to home decor, these stores are the places to go if you’re looking for furnish your apartment on a budget but still make it look like your dream home.

Where should you head before the big move?


Perhaps the most common stop for first-time movers is IKEA, and it’s for good reason. Not only do they offer great budget apartment furnishing options, but everything stays super stylish. There’s no skimping when it comes to looking good at IKEA, and they’ve got tons of options whether you’re moving into your first bachelor or bachelorette pad. One simple look at the brand’s website and you’ll find couches for under $300, beds for under $200, and seating for under $100. Basically, it’s perfect.


If you’re an online shopper, HomeGoods may not be the shop for you, but if you love hunting for bargains in store, you’re about to be in love. HomeGoods and it’s sister stores, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, are known for budget steals thanks to deep discounts on products from major brands. While the selection is limited to the items in your local store, you’ll be hard pressed to not find at least one thing that’s perfect for your new place. Whether you’re looking for new pillows for your IKEA couch or a desk chair to get some work done from home, Homegood could be your budget furnishing answer.



No stores has the potential for overspending quite like Target. You go in for a new duvet cover and you leave with six different types of chips, a new pair of shoes, and a bag of cat food even though you don’t have a cat. If you’re able to keep a level head, though, Target and other big box stores, including Walmart, are also budget friendly places to go shopping. While they may not be quite as affordable as HomeGoods or IKEA, they’re still an excellent option for pieces like chairs, desks, and organizers. No place should be a one stop shop any way, so be strategic about what you’re getting where.

Thrift Stores


Who says you have to go to some major retailer for your new stuff? If you’re willing to put in a little extra elbow grease, and follow some basic rules about hygiene, etc., thrift stores finds aren’t just a budget deal, they also allow you to get creative. Reupholster a chair on your own. Repurpose a mirror. Refinish a desk. There is so much you can do to budget apartment furnishing at a thrift store.


Did you know that Amazon Home is a thing? Well, you do now. The online retailer has a plethora of items for your first apartment, and like any good online shopper, you probably already know that Amazon’s discounts are next level amazing. Plus, if you’re a prime member, you’ll get totally free shipping on items that qualify for the program. If you’re okay with online shopping for furniture, Amazon Home is your new best friend.

While moving can be stressful and expensive, try to relax. You’ve got options. From mass market retailers like Target to online options like Amazon Home, you apartment will be look perfect on a budget in no time.


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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based freelance writer always on the hunt for the perfect throw pillow and a sensible way to store her ever growing collection of books.

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