How to find quality discount furniture that looks great and lasts

In this tight economy, we're all looking for ways to cut the budget while maintaining our current lifestyle, which can be quite a trick. However, it is doable. You just have to know which buying strategies save you a bundle on quality purchases. In economic terms, durable goods are usually big ticket items which last for many years. Examples include washers, dryers, automobiles and furniture. If your budget is not as robust as it used to be, but your favorite armchair or desk is clearly in need of replacement, shopping discount furniture outlets and shops is your answer.

Unlike groceries, when shopping for discount furniture, you don't have to drive all over town for the best deals. Pull that lumpy armchair up to your dilapidated desk and go online. You're just a few clicks away from a world of discount furniture shops and some perfect replacement items at great prices. If you're looking for a desk, typing 'discount furniture desk' will bring up all the pages of sites selling desks, allowing you to zero in on the exact item you're looking for much more quickly.

The nationwide chains of discount furniture shops have an online presence, as well as a store right in your home town. Many allow you to shop and order online, then transmit the order to your local store for pickup, saving you expensive shipping costs.

Other discount resources in furniture include small local shops, some of which may not have a website. Let your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages of your phone book or online directories. Just send an email inquiry, describing the style, size and material you want, or drop in the next time you're out and about and take a look. Small local furniture shops don't have the visibility of the large chain discount furniture stores, and are often willing to negotiate on prices.

Discount furniture sometimes means 'assembly is required', but don't let that put you off. I'm the least mechanically inclined person on the face of the earth, but I've assembled a great many pieces with relative ease. The fact that the furniture requires assembly does not, necessarily, mean low quality. In fact, you can purchase hardwood, unfinished bookcases for a fraction of the price of ready made equivalents. You also have the advantage of being able to pick the unit up, fit it in your car (again, saving shipping or delivery charges) and stain the piece in a shade that matches your existing furnishings.

Other options for cheap, quality furniture include second hand shops, estate sales, garage sales and websites like craigslist.org. You're almost certain to find listings nearby as their locations span across the country.

When you need new furniture, a return to more innovative shopping strategies suits the times. A discount is a discount and need not be indicative of poor quality. You'll surely enjoy your new desk, with drawers that glide smoothly and doesn't wobble!