Let’s face it – buying appliances and furniture for your home can be expensive. After all, modern home furnishings are designed to be kept and used for decades on end, and often the purchasing price reflects that. Thankfully, though, there are several places that offer home furnishings with fantastic sale prices. Below are some of the mobile apps you can use to find deals on appliances and furnishings for your home.
The Swedish company offers furniture of every stripe, with a slant toward a more modernistic, minimalist style. The company designs it furniture to be modular, easy to assemble and affordable. Hugely popular with college students and young professional, Ikea gives homeowners several choices in budget and style to choose from. Mostly consisting of items in basic, neutral colors, Ikea furniture is very easy to add to any style of home décor.
For residents of major cities, there is usually an Ikea store within driving distance. For those who live in more rural areas, the mobile app is a fantastic way to find affordable, well-made furniture.
The industry standard of user sales, Craigslist is the world’s greatest classifieds section. Users here sell everything imaginable – cars, homes, jewelry, pets, clothing, and yes, even furniture and appliances. When used wisely, you can find furniture of every stripe, size and specification from the site, both new and used. Like the classifieds of an actual paper, the listings of major cities tend to be much more varied than those of a smaller town.
A couple of warnings though – always meet in a public place if possible to view any items. Barring that, never go to someone’s home alone. And when shopping, always request images of any piece of furniture you are considering buying. Finally, always check the “free” listings of your local Craigslist.org. There are often great items offered for free on the pages.
A member’s only site sponsored by Nordstrom’s, HauteLook is a fashion conscious website and application that regularly features items at 50% – 75% of manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Every day new sales are highlighted and delivered directly to your mailbox. In addition to featuring home décor elements, HauteLook also offers clothing for children, men and women.
The ubiquitous auction site has everything for sale at a discount, from people all over the world. For the uninitiated, Ebay is the largest public auction site online, and one of the largest sites in the world. The site literally sells everything, and sellers and buyers are rated on their ability to pay and ship promptly. Appliances and furniture abound on the site, and there are several retailers that even offer terrific discounts through Ebay.
Ebay accepts every major form of payment, including PayPal, which is highly recommended for major purchases, due to the ability to dispute charges and insure your purchases. Before purchasing anything, though, be sure check the seller’s ratings and reviews from clients to make sure that they are, in fact, reputable.
With millions of users, Fab.com is a dream shopping site for people who want stylish and affordable home furnishings at great discounted prices. High-end, boutique items are regularly sold at a fraction of manufacturer’s suggested retail prices, giving users of the app the chance to buy very unique items at great prices.
Fab.com also offers products from smaller, boutique level retailers, making their products often very unique. The site regularly offers incentive-based discounts to buyers who share the app with their friends, giving even bigger bargains to users. There’s even a live feed available to keep you updated on inventory levels of your favorite items.
Another membership-based site, Gilt offers high-end, luxury items at a tremendous discount. The furnishings on offer can be anything from custom-built pieces from an Italian manufacturer, or vintage pieces from decades past. As you can imagine, the prices on this site tend to be on the higher end of the scale, but they still offer a tremendous discount over the MSRP.
New items are added to the catalog daily, making it a site that should be a part of your regular viewing. Sales are limited time only, and inventory turns over fairly quickly, so if you come across a must have item, don’t wait to purchase it.
Amazon is another of the major internet monsters that offers just about everything. The impeccable reputation of the site is pretty well-deserved – great prices, affordable shipping and a simply unbelievable inventory makes it a great option for shoppers looking for home furnishings. The site regularly features flash sales in every department, and furnishings are no different. The odd are pretty good that Amazon will have the lowest prices among all new retailers on most items, let alone furniture. This is a great place to purchase cheap furnishings.
A membership-based site that features daily, user-contributed links to great flash sales from numerous retailers, Slick is well organized, but a bit unglamorous. Based upon a standard bulletin board design, the site is fairly text-intensive. The mobile app is slightly more images based, but it’s nowhere near as visually impressive as the other listings in this article.
That one concern aside, the appliances section of the app features some fantastic deals from every major retailer on the web. The sizable user base that contributes to the community is knowledgeable, diverse, and diligent in reporting the latest sales, deals, and discount codes. Some truly fantastic bargains are to be found here, but a little bit of digging may be necessary.
Tom Willington is a freelance writer who keenly writes about home makeovers, remodeling, home renovation and flea market scavenging.