If you’re trying to furnish your apartment on a budget — or you are furnishing a home that you intend to rent out to others — buying a used bedroom set can save you a lot of money. You may even choose this route if your budget allows you to buy new furniture, but you prefer to customize the look of your bedroom and enjoy sanding and painting old furniture.
First, have a good idea of the look you want to achieve. It will help if you draw out a plan of the room and take measurements. The measurements will come in handy as you do not want to spend money on a piece of furniture which will not fit the ‘perfect place’ you had in mind.
Secondly, shop around for ideas and prices. The place to look is in your local classifieds. (For an example, check out the used furniture for sale in Lake City.) Items are usually well cared for and available in popular styles. One place to find used bedroom furniture is at yard sales or at recycling centers where people take items they are going to throw away. You will probably need to arrange your own transport for the furniture if you buy in this way. Hotels often sell used bedroom sets when they are upgrading.
Used furniture may have some missing or outdated knobs but keep in mind that these can be replaced or updated. Be creative! A missing drawer problem can be solved creatively by inserting a bamboo basket to replace the drawer. Check door hinges and drawer runners to get an idea of the condition. Be careful of wood rot or damage.
Decide if you are looking for light or dark wood, or perhaps a painted finish. You can find different paint finishes such as matte or gloss and even a hammered paint look or a wood vein look. You may not always find a complete bedroom set in one go but may need to add pieces over time.
Finally, patience and some elbow grease will save you a lot of money. Remember, it does not matter if your furniture pieces do not match 100%. When buying used bedroom furniture each piece should be special to you. Aim for the creative look instead of something that you might see in a catalog.