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8 Easy Tips for Buying Bedroom Furniture

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8 Easy Tips for Buying Bedroom Furniture

Whether you’re moving into a new home or you’re giving your current place a much-needed makeover, buying new furniture can be an exciting – yet scary – part of the process. Furniture is typically the focal point of a home, and it’s also what gets the most use. This is all doubly true in the bedroom. Don’t stress! Here are 8 things to consider when buying bedroom furniture.

Get Some Inspiration

You may be feeling like you’re not sure where exactly to start. It’s true that there are tons of places you can look for ideas for your bedroom. Flip through a few home decoration magazines to see if anything catches your eye. If you’re more of a computer person, check out interior design blogs and social media such as Pinterest. You’ll have a lot of concepts to work from in no time.

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Go Beyond the Basics

The one necessity of the bedroom is its namesake: the bed. However, there are so many more options beyond that. Can you see your bedroom having chairs? What about a desk? You may want a bedside table, at least. At this point, as you start tying your bedroom ideas together, think not only about style, but also about function. What furniture will you be able to include within your daily ritual?

Shop Within the Context of a Theme

Some people like a little chaos in their home, while others need a little more order. Now is the time to decide if you want the furniture you buy to follow a design theme. Maybe you lean toward more sleek and minimal furniture, or perhaps you prefer something a little more homey and comforting. Contemplating what style of furniture you want now may save you from the headache of having mismatched furniture down the line.

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Measure Twice, Buy Once

Before you make any purchases, check and double-check that your larger furniture will fit in your room. Yes, you’ll need to bust out the tape measure, but that’s a small price to pay for the security of knowing everything will fit. After all, how much would you hate to have spent time and money on picking out the perfect piece of furniture, only to not have it fit the way you thought it would?

Is There Anything You Can Repurpose?

There might be a chance that you don’t need to spring for brand-new furniture, especially if you’re planning on replacing what you already have. Maybe there are some items you own that could use a fresh coat of paint to spruce them up. Alternatively, you can look at marketplaces for used furniture that needs a little extra love. Doing so could save you a bit of money and be a fun weekend task.

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Decide What Company You’ll Buy Through

If you’ve decided that you’re going to go with some new furniture, you’ll also need to figure out who you’ll be buying furniture from. As this furniture-buying guide from DIY Tips suggests, you could reach out to smaller specialty furniture makers, but there’s a chance that this will be more expensive than going with a bigger-box company such as IKEA. Unless there’s something very specific that you can’t find in a big store, there’s no reason to spend extra money for a similar product.

Make the Best Use of the Room With Good Placement

No matter your ambitions, you’ll always have to work within the limits of your room’s layout, taking into account windows, wall lengths, and ceiling heights. While your options may be a little limited, getting new furniture is the perfect opportunity to play around with how you want to arrange your room.

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No Need to Go All-Out Right Away

It’s easy to get hyped up on the idea of giving your room a complete makeover, but in reality, you may not have the funds to see your plans to fruition. Rather than settling for less, you could consider gradually working your way up to the dream room. Perhaps you can set aside money every week for a “new room fund,” which you can come back to periodically as you work on your room.

Conclusion

Your bedroom will be what you make it, and the furniture will play a major part of that. The process of buying new furniture may be a pain now, but if you work at it, it’ll be worth it in the end. Who knows, maybe your room will be someone else’s inspiration some day!

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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