When to Spend and When to Save

Sauder

We're all about stretching our design dollars, so naturally we were interested when the ready-to-assemble experts at Sauder Woodworking Co. offered up their advice for smart decorating on a budget. Ever since founder Erie Sauder patented the company's famous (and magnificently mid-century) "knock-down" table in 1951, the firm has been a leading purveyor of stylish RTA furniture in North America. But offering smart designs at a great price is just the beginning; Sauder's industry experts gave us their tips on the best time of year to get great deals, which pieces deserve the biggest budget, and more.

Splurge

Go ahead and splurge on that one piece you can’t live without — like an uber-plush area rug or must-have entertainment system. Then choose more affordable — but still stylish — furniture to complement your statement piece.

Dress it up

Use small, less expensive accents or pops of color to dress up existing furniture, like patterned pillows on neutral sofas. Assemble low-cost shelves to display items from around the home, like vacation souvenirs and family photos that show some personality and can easily be swapped out as your style evolves.

Get thrifty

Explore options close to home before opening your wallet. Refinish, reupholster or repurpose pieces you already have, or check out thrift stores or rummage sales for unique pieces that can use a little TLC. Save money when buying new by getting furniture you put together yourself from a local furniture or discount store.

Pick versatile furniture

Find pieces that have multiple uses — like an ottoman that can store magazines or remotes, or a credenza that doubles as a bar for snacks and drinks when entertaining. Think of the future, too. Can today’s desk be tomorrow’s sofa table? Even better.

Do your research

Good style doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag. Do your digging and find the best time for furniture sales (September), or find affordable, stylish designs from companies like Sauder, that offer pieces to complement and complete the look for less.

For more design inspiration and ways to decorate within your budget, visit Sauder’s Expedition Design.

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(Image credits: sauder.com; Sauder)