Budget FurnitureA brand new home often calls for brand new furniture. Your new home will have it's own color palette, new room sizes and configurations, and different purposes. The furniture should match the new rooms.

Yesterday I had a couple of friends over and they asked where I got the latest additions to our slowly-but-surely-furnishing-the-home collection. I thought I'd share our finds with readers here. Our criteria in purchases is pretty simple:

  • Quality construction
  • Reasonable prices
  • Pieces we love

There is lots of junk furniture out there. It looks acceptable to start with, but falls apart fast. That's a waste of money. But there is ample, well-made, sturdy furniture that can withstand many children for many years.

You'll also find lots of furniture that is highly overpriced. If you want to pay for a brand name to show off to your (silly) friends, there are lots of places to do it. I prefer to spend my money on just about anything else.

The hardest part of the equation, for me, is finding (and waiting to find) pieces we really love. It's easy to just buy a whole prepackaged room and be done with it. Not as easy to keep searching for something just right. Even though we ended up getting numerous pieces from the same sources, it was done at different times, in multiple trips, over the past year.

Now that most of the furniture is in place, here is a room-by-room rundown of what we got and where we got it.

Library

Leather couch: RCWilley (ours are espresso, this isn't the exact style, but it's close)

2 swivel glider chairs: RCWilley (see image, above)

Area rug: Home Depot

Family Room

2 sofas: RCWilley (ours is brown, which apparently has been discontinued)

2 upholstered chairs: RCWilley

Area rug: RCWilley (purchased yardage from flooring department, paid to have edges bound)

Storage ottoman: RCWilley (not on the website, much like the rec room ottoman, but square and twice the size)

Console table: Overstock.com

Rec Room

Sectional: RCWilley Outlet

Storage ottoman: RCWilley Outlet

Counter-height game table: Walmart (cherry table, with four chairs with backs, not on website)

Area rug: Costco (not on website)

Dining Room

Table: Four Chairs Furniture (large table, finished in espresso and cherry)

Chairs: Overstock.com (Studio Cross Back chairs, espresso, now out of stock)

Master Bedroom

Jappling ChairKing-sized bed: RCWilley

Mattress: Anderson Manufacturing, Inc.

2 nightstands: RCWilley

2 leather chairs: Ikea (Jappling chairs, available in store only)

Storage bench: Amazon

Area rug: RCWilley

Desk/shelves: built in

Guest Bedroom

Bed: RCWilley Outlet

Mattress: Deseret Industries (look in the new furniture section)

Dresser: Blackwelder's Furniture (finished in espresso)

Bedside table: Blackwelder's furniture (finished in espresso)

Arm chair: Ikea

Footstool: Ikea

Desk/shelves: built in

Kids' Bedrooms

full beds: Ikea (finished to match each bedroom)

bed bases: Ikea (curved base offers more cushion than standard)

6 mattresses: Denver Mattress Company

6 beside tables: all different to match the room

6 desks/dressers/shelves: built in