Budget Time! How to Find Home Office Furniture on a Budget

Setting a budget for setting up your home office furniture finds is never easy. Between shipping costs, finding exactly the right style, and wanting a comfy chair, prices can start to skyrocket. But, although home office designs can be expensive, they don’t have to be.

There are a couple of things you want to keep in mind when shopping on a budget.

  1. Stick to your budget – there is no reason to set a limit if you aren’t going to follow it. So, find a reasonable spending amount and plan accordingly.
  2. Get creative – if you can’t find exactly what you want, could you DIY it? Otherwise, can you find something similar that goes with your style and fits your budget?
  3. Spend where you need it – buy the big things first. If you need a desk, that is your number one priority. Plus, a desk chair. Getting a comfy chair comes at the top of the list for expenses, so it is something you should allocate a larger portion of your budget to.

There are a few places you can go to shop for used office furniture, if that is what you are looking for.

  1. Try googling “used office furniture” and a number of locations near you will pop up. For example, “used office furniture Charlotte” brings up a number of warehouses, liquidators, and individual sellers nearby.
  2. Check out Habitat for Humanity. This charity is likely to have big ticket items – a door, a large desk, things to build a room, rather than office supplies.

If you are just looking for slightly cheaper options, check out something like cleanitsupply.com. This website offers great products for warehouse prices, with free shipping (a huge win if you don’t have a way to transport large items to and from your house and the store).

Plus, websites like amazon.com and ebay.com are likely to have great, inexpensive product options. Ebay offers art, office supplies, and furniture all for low prices.

If you know you have friends who are also renovating their homes or home offices, check out Facebook Marketplace. While this may not have everything you need, it is sure to have plenty of options that could be thrifted and turned into exactly what you were looking for.

Finally, if you still simply can’t find what you need, adjust a little.

If you are looking for a big desk, but a small kitchen table instead. With a little sanding and a paint job, this will add a functional, fashionable piece to your office. If you are looking for filing cabinets, maybe just grab a file organizer. Smaller, simpler options are likely to be cheaper. Plus, they can be easily replaced if you change your mind, need more space, or move.

If you want a computer or computer software, make sure to shop around. Otherwise, your job may offer either discounts, or employee technology. Check with your IT department before purchasing anything. If nothing else, they are sure to be able to give you advice on what you are likely to need for your job.

If you want storage, see if you can do it yourself. Rather than buying a custom-made desk organizer, grab a couple boxes or bins from Target and see what you can put together.

While you may be tempted to splurge on your office, you might not be able to afford it quite yet. And that is okay! With a little bit of exploring and creativity, you can easily put together the home office of your dreams with used furniture, discount supplies, or a little DIY project and some thrifting.

Check out some of our articles on the best desks and office chairs, if you are looking for something specific!

If organization, rather than furniture, is your biggest problem, check out our article on “Organization is Hard for Everyone.”

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