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Fabulous Budget Furniture

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.


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

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Celestine September 30, 2011, 1:05 am

    This furniture is very fabulous i want to buy one..It gives a lot of impression when you put inside the home..Keep on sharing like this beautiful furniture..
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  • Sarndee September 30, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I love this post! It is so fun to look at each of the things and envision them all together in a room. How beautiful!

    Those mattresses are a great price (in the kids’ rooms). Are they comfortable? Also, I didn’t know Home Depot had rugs. I would never have thought to look there.

  • carrottop September 30, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Nice stuff. Do you have any tips on how to save money? I really need a new couch and a chair, but the budget it tight right now.

  • Alison Moore Smith October 12, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Thanks Celestine. I’m not great at decorating, so it’s a bit stressful, but I think the results are coming out well. I just need to get my good friend over to help me add the finishing touches. 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith October 12, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Sarndee, we really like the mattresses so far. Because we had to buy so many — in the old house we had three twins and three kings, here all the kids have doubles — it was imperative that we get a quality mattress at a great price. These mattresses were a good deal, I bought on sale and bargained down a bit more due to the volume. And because of the platform beds we selected, we didn’t need box springs. (Box springs are such a racket!)

    Our master mattress is a DREAM — we’ve have it for years and finally just refurbished it this past winter.)

  • Alison Moore Smith October 12, 2011, 3:30 pm

    carrottop, I always compare prices in multiple venues online and offline. If I decided to buy online, I always look for a coupon. If I’m going to buy offline, I always ask for a discount or special of some kind.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  • Eric Sandler October 14, 2011, 8:19 am

    Hi Alison,

    Would also like to ask which sofa do u think is better, a blue sofa or a white sofa is better fitting for a black wall in the living room
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 16, 2011, 9:35 am

    Eric, my suggestion is no black wall! I love paint, but black? No!

  • Paul January 10, 2012, 4:41 am

    Some great furniture at very reasonable prices. I love the King Size bed, once you have slept in one you will never change

  • Dan February 14, 2012, 3:29 am

    In my kid room I want to get a round shaped ottoman to put the toys inside. Also because it has no corners it is safe for children.
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  • Andrew May 24, 2012, 6:25 am

    Make home beautiful by decorating it by using stylish furniture that would available in budget. Old furniture can be altered to make stylish and trendy.

  • Amy Everpean December 7, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Furniture is always really important to a home, but another thing that is really important is carpet. A good carpet store can make all the difference in your home.

  • Marry December 4, 2015, 11:49 pm

    i also learned the hard way that you should always buy the pair if you find a great piece of furniture

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