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Home Office Furniture on a Budget

What We Want Imagine a huge mahogany hardwood desk, a credenza (including the hutch with etched glass doors), and adjustable shelving, a 4-drawer lateral file cabinet, an 8′ built in book shelf that runs the length of one wall and a printer/fax machine table, all finished in warm cherry. Now, imagine the $15,000 plus price tag and the dream turns into a nightmare.

What We Can Have The vast majority of us cannot afford to spend that kind of money buying home office furniture. Often, finding an extra couple hundred dollars is difficult. So how do you go about getting attractive, functional and quality furnishings for your home office? Buy used and make it work. You will save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and there are more opportunities to use your creativity and resourcefulness.

What To Look For The first piece you should look for is your desk since it tends to be the focal point of a home office. Other pieces can be purchased as you come across them. Perfect matches are not necessary, however you will likely want to look for furniture items with similar lines and styling. Finish is not near as important as quality and sturdiness since those are within your control. Stick with solid hardwoods and metal for your best results. Particle board or manufactured wood does not hold up very well when moved around, and keep in mind that it is likely any used furniture you buy will probably have been moved often.

Where To Look There are many places you can go in search of your office furniture treasures. Check out this list and see if you can come up with any other ideas.

  • Used office furniture stores – usually a large selection but will pay a bit more
  • Thrift stores – rarely find any quality furniture but there have been times
  • Government Auctions – usually when remodeling an old building
  • Garage sales – check local papers and look for item listings
  • Estate sale – some really nice furniture can be picked up here
  • Craigslist.com – check often because good buys go fast

Always be on the look out. You never know when a friend of a friend might have just the book case or wood filing cabinet you’ve been looking for

How To Get A Good Deal Always be prepared to pay cash. Other than a store setup to sell used office furniture and perhaps a thrift store, credit cards will not be accepted. Even at a store, paying in cash may come with a discount. Another thing to keep in mind is to never pay the asking price without making a lower offer. However, this comes with a few caveats. If you know it’s a great deal already, then don’t insult the seller by asking to pay less. If the seller states “firm” in their advertising, then you should respect that. You can drive a bargain without being a jerk.

Paint Instead Of Stain Often used furniture need to be re-finished. If you are not willing to put in the effort, then you need to be sure and purchase a desk or other pieces that you are comfortable using as is. If you are good at stripping and re-staining furniture and that is the look you want, then by all means, go for it. However, if you are not experienced with the process, let me tell you it is rather involved for a large office desk. If you do not enjoy the process you should stick with painting your used furniture. It is quicker, easier and you have an infinite number of options when it comes to color and shades.

Use As Is Of course there is always the option to use your new-to-you home office desk, bookcase or filing cabinet as is, without any re-finishing. Depending on the shape that it is in, this is by far the best option. My brother inherited a simple writing table from my grandfather and it is an awesome addition to his home as is, wear marks and scratches included.

Our society lives fast and we want what we want immediately. However, when it comes to buying home office furniture, if we will slow down and look and wait for bargains they will show themselves to us.

How To Give Your Home A Rustic Lodge Look

Rustic lodge decor is appealing for it’s warm comfortable colors and unique accessories. You can get this great look no matter what the style of your home. All it takes is some accessories and creativity.

Regardless of your decorating skills you can get a lodge home décor theme by adding the right accessories and wall art. Changing out your window treatments, flooring, wall coverings and furniture can transform your home into a rustic lodge no matter where you live.

Window treatments are important to your lodge home décor style. For a great look try using plain cotton or canvas with tabbed tops or a lodge print fabric curtain or just plain wood blinds. There are many treatments that go with this style, especially if you use coordinating fabrics, but you probably want to avoid frilly curtains or valances.

Decorative items are key to bringing your lodge home décor style all together. Concentrate on choosing wall art, pillows and knick knacks, in colors and patterns that match your lodge design. It’s amazing the impact a few simple changes can make! Be sure to include lots of wooden bowls and old baskets as well as antique snowshoes and other camp gear and you can even try a few vintage lodge style blankets in traditional black and red plaid or stripes to really add a warm campy feel. Incorporating additional touches such as taxidermy mounts can give your home a nice final touch.

A critical thing to consider when decorating your home with a lodge home décor look is what you put on the walls. For this look the colors can really enhance the feel – you should consider having earth tones either as wallpaper or paint. Try using a split logs and chinking for a real log cabin look on the walls, or go with paint.

It’s not crucial that you match the furnishings and lighting but you should include a variety of campy and rustic furniture. Try using antler chandeliers or deer hoof table lamps. You have a wide choice in furniture – leather always goes well with this look and you can even accent it with twig or antler chairs. Be sure to include some campy Native American style rugs or perhaps a sheepskin or bearskin rug in front of the fireplace.

A critical aspect that we sometimes forget when decorating your house is the wall space. Even the ugliest walls can be made to look good with decorative wall art and accessories. Try adding hunting prints and old advertising signs to your walls to really show off the campy feeling of your lodge design.

Adding a fantastic lodge look to your home doesn’t have to be difficult or take a huge amount of money. Shop for bargains at your local thrift store and attend antique auctions for those campy items that will make your home unique.

Remodeling A Kitchen – Tips

Remodeling a kitchen is an important part of the home renovation. If you wish to remodel your kitchen you should consider several issues, such as materials, colors and the design of appliances and furnishings.

You may want to make this room look even more attractive, including things that will make the cooking experience even more interesting and exciting. Kitchen remodeling requires a first draft and sketch of how the kitchen should look, including the things that should be in this room.

Here are a few things to consider when remodeling a kitchen. Kitchen remodeling ideas depend on the amount of money you can spend and whether you wish to make cooking more convenient. Kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, and has to be cozy, warm and inviting.

You can change the tiles, using new and modern flooring, buy new appliances, cabinets for your crockery and utensils. You can also change the sink, since it can look old after a few years, since it is the most used accessory in the kitchen. Installing a new kitchen sink can boost up the value of the room. There is a vast array of sinks available in the market today and you can choose according to your taste, needs and preferences.

You should also make a list of appliances that you can buy for cooking, including a microwave oven, a fridge and stove. If you want to enhance the look of this room, you should install a breakfast bar, a high ledge or a peninsula cook off. Place the double oven on the wall in order to save big space and make the room look neat and modern.

Choose stainless steel; it will help you maintain the cleanness of the kitchen. Steel will add a new feature to the room, reflecting the surrounding.