You just moved into a new place you adore, but it’s a bit sparse. Whether you got rid of a lot before you moved or your new home is simply bigger than your old one, you need more furniture.
The average cost to furnish a one-bedroom apartment is $3,500 — and that’s on the low end — according to HomeAdvisor. If you need to furnish an entire house, this cost rises significantly to an average of $16,000.
To be honest, your furniture budget is pretty tight, so you’re looking to spend as little as possible. Here are six ways to get free or cheap furniture on social media.
Spread the Word
The best way to get what you want is to ask for it. Let your network know you’re looking for free or cheap furniture by posting a request on social media.
Explain exactly what you need — i.e., a bed, couch, kitchen table — so people know to keep their eyes open for these items. Ask them to share your post with their network to broaden your reach and increase your chances of getting everything you want.
Scroll With a Mission
No doubt, you spend time browsing through your social media feed each day, so make this part of your furniture search. Sure, you would notice if someone posted free furnishings, but you can dig deeper.
Seek out other people who are moving, redecorating or having a garage sale. Just because they don’t post about furniture they’re getting rid of doesn’t mean they don’t have it.
Check Facebook Marketplace
A great way to connect with people in your local area looking to get rid of the furniture you need, Facebook Marketplace has it all. No matter what kind of furnishings you need, there’s a good chance someone within close driving distance has it listed on the site for cheap or free.
Visit the site frequently, as people are constantly posting new furniture offerings. You don’t want to miss out on a good deal, so diligence can pay off.
Browse the ‘For Sale & Free’ Section on Nextdoor
Essentially the same thing as Facebook Marketplace, neighborhood social network Nextdoor also has a place where people can list unwanted items. The “For Sale & Free” section is a great way to connect with neighbors who have furniture to spare.
Some people post items for sale at a nominal fee, while others offer them up for free. Just as with Facebook Marketplace, the best way to find both furniture and a price that meets your needs is to check listings on a regular basis.
Time It Right
In life, timing is everything, and that includes finding free or deeply discounted furniture on social media. Your chances of getting what you want increases when more people are moving, so try to time your search right.
Approximately 70% of moves occur from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to Moving.com. Additionally, you might have more luck at the end of the month when people’s leases are up and at the end of the semester, when college students are moving out of their apartments.
Follow Furniture and Thrift Stores
It’s not uncommon for businesses to do giveaways on social media to keep their fanbase engaged. Therefore, following furniture and thrift stores in your local area can literally pay off — to the tune of free furniture.
For example, American Factory Direct Furniture is giving away a free Lanie Chaise Lounge as part of its Memorial Day event, which is advertised on the company’s Facebook page. Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles in Philadelphia has also used its Facebook page to advertise a free furniture giveaway.
Clearly, there’s no shortage of ways to get free or seriously cheap furniture on social media, so pull out your phone and get to work.
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