Having kids can be incredibly expensive. Any parent who has one, two or even more than that already knows that you need to make a lot of money just to keep the kids happy, comfortable and guarantee they’ll have everything they need.
However, when it comes to furniture for your kids, you don’t really want to skimp on the good stuff, but spending a fortune isn’t a good idea either. After all, kids are hard on pretty much everything they come into contact with.
When it’s time to buy furniture for your kids, use these three ideas to help you do it on the cheap.
1. Think Reusable
Buying for kids is so hard because they outgrow everything so quickly. That’s even true of furniture. However, when you buy items that can easily be reused, you won’t have to spend money on items that aren’t really worth what you pay for them.
For example, a bookshelf that’s durable can be reused to house sneakers and shoes in the mudroom or tools in the garage – if they’re material appropriate and durable. Remember, kids treat things harshly, and you don’t want to just generate trash.
2. Go for Bunk Beds
Try using bunk beds for kids in their room instead of two separate beds. In most cases, you’ll pay considerably less for bunk beds than you will two separate beds that need to sit on the floor.
In addition to bunk beds being a little bit cheaper than two separate beds, you’ll also have more room for other pieces of furniture your kids need like a writing desk or even an open play area. This is especially important for smaller rooms.
Your kids will also enjoy bunk beds in their room because they are just a whole lot of fun. What kid wouldn’t want bunk beds with their sibling?
3. Buy Used Furniture
While you may not want to buy used beds because of safety concerns, there are some items that can be acquired cheaply and work just fine on the used market. Things like desks, dressers and even cabinets for books can all be purchased at secondhand stores or through internet classified sites from locals in your area.
By buying used furniture you could easily pay less than 50% of the original retail price of an item. That means more money you can spend in other places in the room or around the house.
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