I saw a pretty sorry thing the other day on Craigslist. It’s a great example of what you don’t want to do, and I kind of feel sorry for the guy. Because you know they’re going to get slapped down hard by reality. Unfortunately the post has been delete. He said something to the effect of, “Looking for a NICE black leather Lazy Boy recliner. I am 18 and looking for some nice things for my first place.” Yeah, that’s pretty out of touch, and you really shouldn’t expect more than table scraps for free.

1Free Stuff – Every single day there’s free furniture posted on Craigslist. If you like someone be sure to get it right away. Because if there’s is a tiny bit of metal on the piece a scrapper will claim in in thirty seconds. People usually have the stuff literally out on the curb too, so if looks like it’s going to rain that couch is going to get ruined. They don’t dry out, they mold. I wouldn’t exactly call any of the stuff you see on there quality, but what do expect for free? Besides, if you’re a young adult you’ve got bigger things to worry about than how your furniture looks.

2Charity Thrift Stores – These places have the best bang for your buck. You can usually find at least one ten year old couch every couple of weeks for like forty bucks, and if you saw that exact same recliner couch at a used furniture shop it’d run you a couple hundred bucks. That’s a great deal because decade old couch is still very much in style. My favorite part about those places is they always have the most wacky furniture you’ve ever seen. For someone like me that stuff is perfect. Because if you like ultra-modern monotone things you need a pop of color. What better way of doing that than a lime green wing-backed couch from the 70s?

3Used Furniture Stores and For-Profit Thrift – Why’s the charity furniture so cheap? They don’t exactly do a good job of cleaning it. If a chair looks like a pot smoking chair it probably was and smells like 30yrs of burned hash. Not only do they do a good job of cleaning it, but if there’s a major problem they’ll go ahead and fix that. Which is nice you care about your back more than your wallet.

4New Furniture – There’s very little I’d recommend you buy new. You’re young, you aren’t supposed to spend your money on stupid shit for fun. Nice furniture is something people do mid-career because they’ve got nothing else to do, so they enjoy making money while they can. I wouldn’t even buy a box spring new. Why bother? It’s literally just a box to keep your mattress up higher.
That’s not to say go as cheap as possible. Who wants to hang out in a room that looks like it belongs to terrorist cell? No one. Try to get the most decent looking stuff you can without breaking the bank. If you’re worried about the opposite sex they care more about you not living with mom and pop than anything else. Besides, you can always play off the crazy outdated furniture. If you’re ready to get started or just want to look at what you need here’s our furniture checklist.