Here's where to buy cheap furniture when you've spent all your $$$$ on your rental deposit

Look for the "bare" necessities

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Wondering where to buy cheap furniture? If your rental came without the essentials (like a closet, tables, and chairs), then you've landed in the right place. 

When leasing and decorating an apartment, unless you've got yourself a pad that's already furnished, sourcing furniture that doesn't blow the budget can be a tricky task. Whether you've got a studio apartment or your landlord won't let you bang nails into the wall, we've found some small-space star buys that won't break the bank.

These retailers are known for their affordable price points, and durability, and many of them have fair refund and exchange policies. In some cases, you won't even have to bribe a friend that drives to collect the goods, because many stores we've featured offer free shipping to your door.

How "cheap" is cheap you ask? Well — everything you see here is under $200. That's less than some self-drive hire vans for the day.

5 places to buy cheap furniture

Here, I've shopped all of my affordable furniture finds (without having to rearrange my car or hire a man-with-a-van setup. Most of these finds have 4-star ratings, and thousands of customers have contributed to on-site reviews.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article.

1. Ikea

Forget about the meatballs and Lingonberry sauce at the end of the finishing line. When it comes to cheap furniture, Ikea hit the sweet spot for price, quality, and style.

Think lighting, rugs, and of course, I can't speak about the Swedish retailer without namedropping the Kallax series or Billy/Oxberg bookcase. On the hunt for smaller items? Our staff writer, Eve Smallman has put together nine Ikea must haves

2. Wayfair

It doesn't need to be Wayday or Memorial Day to bag a bargain at Wayfair. Score yourself some affordable furniture 365 days a year online. There's fast and free shipping over $35, with expert customer service, and you can even shop some great black-owned brands on Wayfair.

3. Walmart

W is for Walmart. And you'll defo be taking a W when buying from this retailer. There are so many reasons why it's my go-to. Yes, the website could be a li'l prettier, but once you find that diamond in the rough... All will be forgiven.

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4. The Container Store

Most people assume that The Container Store is the place to go to if you're after a few storage baskets, storage cubes, and maybe a desk organizer or too. But take a deep dive into the top nav and you'll find some absolute gems (especially in the storage, shelving, and college shop tabs).

Head over to our round-up of The Container Store organization products that'll help you get your sh*t together if keeping things tidy and in order isn't your strong point.

5. Target

"Target" all your furniture wants and needs in this store. As well as its own "house" line, it's also quite partial to collaborating with other designer brands. In-store, everything is organized, and online — I've personally had a great website experience. Browsing the site, there isn't much "clutter" — just how I like it!

Know what you want already? I've included some helpful links below:

Other places to buy cheap furniture

If the aforementioned don't tickle your fancy — try these shops for size. I know you might turn your nose up at say, Amazon, but you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.