Furnishing your home can be expensive—but it doesn’t have to be, says interior designer Jeff Wade, who shared these tips with Reader’s Digest.
Furniture: Most furniture companies have an outlet or website that sells floor samples, discontinued styles, and returned merchandise at 25 to 40 percent off the designer price (typically 40 percent below retail). Call your local store or check the website to find out. At boutiques, ask the owner if she works with “the trade.” Offer the price designers pay (usually 20 percent off retail at these smaller shops), Wade says, and “nine times out of ten, she’ll sell it to you.”
Fabric and wallpaper: Fabric mills always have discontinued fabrics and wallpaper—often at 40 percent or more off wholesale. Call the corporate offices and ask if their showrooms are open to the public. (Just make sure there’s enough material in stock for your project.)
Rugs and flooring:The markup for rugs and flooring is steep, so for these items, stick with wholesalers that trusted friends have used, and see if they offer free shipping and money-back guarantees.
Appliances: Ask your contractor where he gets his appliances. Many stores have a warehouse full of returns and floor models at incredible savings.