Where I Got All My BIG First Apartment Furniture From While Sticking To A Budget

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First apartment furniture can be EXPENSIVE so I am telling you where I was able to get all the big furniture pieces while sticking to a budget.

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Way before I started really planning for my first apartment I wrote out a rough estimate of how much I would need to save for all the different apartment furniture I would need.

I was being a little generous with how much I was allotting for each piece of furniture but it added up to be over $6,000!!! I nearly pooped my pants when I added it all up HAH!

I knew really quickly that I would have to find affordable apartment furniture that looked cute but wouldn't add up to be $6,000.

I did hours of research to make sure I was getting a good deal on my furniture pieces while making sure that they still fit the "look" I wanted for my apartment decor.

This post shows you exactly where I was able to get the big apartment furniture pieces while sticking to a budget.

Before we begin, I realize that there is varying levels of what is considered inexpensive and what is not. Everything that I bought for my first apartment, fit into the budget I gave for myself but I am also not naive enough to say that I couldn’t find these things cheaper.​

For the big items that we’re talking about in this video, you easily could find them extremely inexpensive at Goodwill or another thrift store to save you more money. 

I created an Excel First Apartment Budget Template for myself to allow me to know exactly what I can spend on everything for my apartment.

I have that exact excel budget template I used for my apartment that you can download for free here.

Apartment Furniture:

1. Beds

I have two beds in my apartment. One for my bedroom and one for the guest room. When looking for bed frames, I had two criterias (high-maintenance can you tell?!).

 I wanted the headboards to go tall so they looked more expensive and I wanted them to also include a footboard so I wouldn’t have to mess with a bed skirt.

If you want to save money, just buying the headboard and getting a bed skirt WILL be a lot cheaper. I personally just thought the headboard and footboard combo looked more expensive, which makes sense since it was more expensive HAH!

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My guest bed was from Walmart and this bed cost me $177.87 with tax included.

This was such a good deal that I bought it last summer and kept it in my parents garage for literally almost a year before I moved in.

I liked this bed for three reasons, the price (duh), it had the foot railing, and the headboard went high for a bed this price. The headboard on this measures 54”.

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My master bedroom bed looks like this. I LOVED this bed when I saw it. It had the tall headboard, footrails, and was really inexpensive for how it looked.

I got this bed from Macys for the total price of $420.29. NOW, if you’ve looked at beds, you know that this is a good price HOWEVER i thought I was getting this for $299 which is a lot better than $420.

So, you need to know two things about this bed. First things first, this is ALWAYS for sale. Never ever ever buy this full price. 

Second thing, once you get this bed to the cart and are almost completely done checking out, they get you with a $100 delivering fee. You have to pay for this. The bad thing about this is the price of it obvi, but the good thing is that two people come set it up for you so you don’t even have to lift a finger.

Another place that I would highly recommend looking for beds from is Wayfair. They have SO many options. I almost bought a few beds from there.

Get a lot of videos of the different beds. Make sure to get a video of the footboard, headboard, overall bed, and more. Maybe get one of you measuring the the tallness of the headboard.


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2. Couch

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I’m going to be honest, I had a VERY specific criteria for my couch. I wanted it to be white (don’t judge...I felt like it was the only time in my life where I could get a white couch without kids hahaha), have squared edges, and had an L-shape or somewhere to put my feet.

I searched for HOURS for a couch. Literally hours. I couldn’t find anything I liked without spending an arm and a leg.

After realizing how expensive a couch was, my boyfriend and I decided to split the couch 50/50 and get something a little nicer that will last.

We ended up getting this couch from Ashleys for $1,300ish.  Is that expensive?! Uhm yes absolutely. Do I think that's a good price for a couch this large? Yes. 

Both my boyfriend and I say that this is one of the best things we’ve ever spent our money on because it's so comfy and perfect for entertaining since our friends can spread all around.

PS! Ashleys has this on there website for over 2,000. Don't listen to that price. They ALWAYS go on sale. I think we got the couch for 60% off. 

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If you do not want to spend that much money, my friend Taylor who is also moving into her first apartment, just bought this couch from Wayfair. She just ordered it so she doesn't actually know the quality or how comfortable it is but it’s cute and a great price. 

PS - Be careful with Ikea couches!! I was going to order one from there for the longest time and I went to actually see it in person and it was completely different. Super low to the ground and not comfy at all.

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3. Bar stools

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This was something that I definitely didn’t expect to be as expensive as it was. I wanted a bar stool that had a back to it since my apartment wasnt big enough for a table so I would be sitting here for a long time.

I had a hard time finding any barstool I liked for under $120. For just ONE bar stool!!!

I ended up finding these at Target for a set of 2 for $120. That’s $60 each!! Such an amazing price and they come in white also. 

Overstock also has some great options!

4. Nightstand

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Lastly, where I was able to find inexpensive nightstands. This was another thing I was really specific on (which now can tell how my brain overthinks literally everything hahah). I spent a long time looking at interior designers I liked and the bedrooms they designed. 

I quickly realized that all of them use large nightstands so then I wanted a large nightstand (hah!). Plus, it gave me a lot more storage to put clothes and whatever else in.

I couldn’t find large nightstands that weren’t stupid expensive for the longest time so I started widening my searches.

I ended up finding these on Walmart and they are actually baby changing tables. 

I’ve talked about these a lot because I thought they were such a good find but I was able to get each of these for $150 and they are the perfect size.

 You can tell they’re not the best quality, like the drawers don’t open the smoothest, but I am obsessed with them and they are perfect for my first apartment!!

That wraps up this post where I showed you where I got all my first apartment “BIG” furniture pieces.

 Like I said earlier, it really depends on your budget and you can definitely get things cheaper than what I have but you can also spend A LOT more money too.  

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