There are almost limitless ways to find cheap dorm furniture. You may decide to start with a bare room or already have the basics of a bed, closet, desk and chair. Adding your own furniture can be an interesting challenge. Here are some suggestions:
1. Raid your parents’ house. Certainly, you can talk Dad out of one of the double beds in the spare room, convince Mom that she won’t really miss part of a set of old dishes and silverware you’ll need for your entertaining in your dorm room. Of course, you’ll solemnly promise Mom and Dad to return them after graduation.
2. If you insist on getting new furniture, buy inexpensive do-it-yourself kits from retail shops such as Ikea and Home Depot. There are also scads of online DIY furniture stores, many that will ship free right to your dorm door. When the furniture arrives, get your roommate and/or friends to help assemble the everything for your room. It can be a fun time, especially if ou repay your volunteers with sandwiches, desserta and drinks.
3. Browse through used furniture stores and thrift shops. If you’re not too fussy about matching your sofa and chairs, and can live with some wear and tear, you can do some interestingly eclectic room decorating with used furniture.
4. If you want to keep your dorm room super spare and orderly, try shopping for your furniture at an Army-Navy surplus store. You’ll find all kinds of inexpensive GI items to go to your room. Cots, bunks, blankets, towels, camo pajamas, mess kits and a host of other ex-military items are there for you to look through. The only Army-Navy item you won’t want is a drill sergeant who will wake you every morning at 0600.
5. Look in the city daily and Sunday newspapers for want ads giving locations and time schedules of weekend flea markets, church rummage sales and other sources of used furniture where you can shop for your dorm room decor. Suggestions: Get there very early when the sales begin, because you’ll have first pick of all on sale. On the other hand, get there just 15 minutes before the market will close, so you can bargain down on furniture that didn’t sell.
6. If your college daily newspaper prints want ads, you may find departing older students and local families that have used furniture for sale.
If you’re an incoming college student who needs to furnish your dorm room quickly, there are endless ways to find cheap furniture to meet your needs. If you’re not determined to make your room eligible for a glossy layout in House Beautiful, just go for cheap and comfy.