How to Find Affordable Dining Room Furniture

How to Find Affordable Dining Room Furniture
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    The expression, "you get what you paid for" certainly describes dining room furniture.

    You can choose complete sets that include a table, six or more chairs, a server and a china closet, made of the finest cherry woods and outfitted with custom fabrics.

    Or you can choose the knock off pieces that place wood veneer over particle wood.


Outfitting your dining room without going broke.

Dining Rooms

Perhaps the unspoken question here is this one: who uses dining rooms anyway? Yes, it is true: dining rooms are fading away as both husband and wife work and kids are busy with their after school activities. When families eat together it is on weekends and that meal involves eating out.

Not every homeowner has abandoned the dining room. Some families are still headed by one wage earner or one of the parents works from home. Dining time together is important and it isn’t reserved just for major holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you’re looking for affordable dining room furniture you have several options including the following:

Furniture stores — Yes, furniture stores still exist and not everything is built in China and shipped here. In any case such stores know that the popularity of dining room furniture has waned in recent years and that customers who do buy want quality furniture without paying full price. Scan the ads for your local furniture store and make your purchase when the big sales are held. January and again in July are typically the best times to buy furniture.

Discount outlets — If you don’t mind hit or miss shopping, then local outlet or discount stores can be good places to shop for furniture. These stores get stock in as it is offered to them. This means your local “lots” store may buy up what a furniture maker or retailer wasn’t able to sell last season to sell to you this season. Expect to find some slightly damaged pieces, however, something you’ll fix or learn to live with.

Estate sales — Buying used furniture may be the farthest thing from your mind, but it can be an afforable and good investment. Figure that with an estate sale, the owner had her set for several decades, perhaps the furniture was handed down to her by her mother or grandmother. If antique furniture appeals to you, then you could find a collection of exquisite dining room furniture at a comparably low price. You may have to pay one person to move the furniture to your home and another person to make repairs, but the result can be you enjoying many years of top quality furniture at a price you can afford.

Buy direct — Some manufacturers allow you to buy direct, bypassing the middleman retailer and buying from the factory. Each retailer handles this differently. Some will only sell to you through one of their stores, but if a store isn’t in your area, you can buy dining room furniture factory direct. Keep in mind you’ll be responsible for shipping costs.


Remember, you may be in a good bargaining position as demand for dining room furniture remains low. Keep in mind that some furniture is shipped in from China, costing American jobs and is sometimes of suspect quality.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".