Pass it Down Furniture
by Nikki Willhite
One of the things that has helped me the most in the frugal
decorating of my home is the "Pass it Down" concept.
Basically, the "Pass it Down" concept is that you spend the first
20 or so years of your life purchasing items that will probably be repurposed in
For instance, when you first get married, you will not have much
money. Going out and buying furniture on credit is not the best choice.
Let's start with the living room. You need a sofa for your living
room. You need to buy something to sit on, and you want to use cash.
Don't go out and buy a sofa that you plan on keeping in your
living room for 20 years. First of all, it will be too expensive. Then there is
the possibility that your taste may change. Or, you may move to another house,
and want a sofa that fits the space in your new home.
For your first sofa, buy a piece that you plan on moving to
either the basement or the family room when you have the money to buy what you
You can find inexpensive sofas in nice condition on Craig's list.
You can also check the classified ads, garage sales, and thrift stores.
Your other option is to buy patio furniture. You put the outdoor
furniture in your living room, again until you can afford to buy something
There are many choices in patio furniture that are very
comfortable and look nice. You can get some outside furniture for very little
money. Then, when you can afford what you want inside, you will also be able to
make your outside space look and feel great by moving the patio furniture from
These are frugal furniture choices. The same thing can be done in
bedrooms, and in other areas of the house.
Many furniture pieces look just as nice in dining rooms as in
bedrooms. Bookcases, sideboards, desks, end tables, and items like trunks are
all items that can be used in many rooms.
Think ahead when you buy your furniture. Be smart and pay cash.
It is great to have nice furniture, but only when you can afford it, and the
payments don't linger for years.
When your children begin their own families is another time when
you can make a lot of furniture changes. You can help them out by giving them
some of your pieces. You may want to downsize and not need as much furniture, or
it may be time that you want and can afford new things.
Be frugal, think ahead, and buy your furniture as
versatile as possible. It will serve you well and save you money.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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