At first thought, it may seem like any time is a good time to replace a tired piece of furniture with something new. After all, an entire living room's aesthetic can be ruined by a stained sofa, just as a master suite can suddenly feel less grand with mismatched nightstands near the bed. But before you rush out to replace worn furnishings, as desperate as it may seem, consider timing your buys to get the best bang for your budget.
As it turns out, there is a "right" time to buy furniture—whether you're looking for indoor, outdoor, or used finds—and it's worth it to consider those discounted events as a wise strategy for refreshing the look of your home. Sure, it may mean holding on to that raggedy couch and those unsightly nightstands for a little longer than you'd like, but by doing a little research and saving until the time is right, this entire shopping exercise will end up being more rewarding.
Read on for ways to figure out when you should finally replace furniture for something new, and set a reminder. Because when you're clued into this secret, you won't want the right time to pass you by.
Holidays to remember: President's Day and Labor Day
New furniture styles are usually unveiled on a biannual schedule, making spring and fall the best times to splurge for new indoor furniture. Start researching the looks you like in December and July, and then make purchases between January and February and August and September. Remember, too, that if you're not interested in anything at the beginning of the year, then you can always try again later—you'll likely have more savings to get what you want at that time, too.
If you're looking to update your office furniture in particular, the best time to do that is in April, following tax day, and August for back-to-school.
Holidays to remember: The Fourth of July and Labor Day
It's not much of a surprise to learn that furniture stores want to get rid of their outdoor supplies by the middle and end of summer, and that can be to your benefit. If you see something you like when alfresco sets hit the market in April, bide your time until the Fourth of July. You can likely look forward to a sunny party featuring your discounted set then.
That being said, sometimes the selection changes or disappears by late July and early August. So even if Labor Day sales often discount outdoor furniture, the ones you initially had your eye on may be gone at that time. Don't be afraid to buy earlier in the summer if you really want something.
Holidays to remember: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Fourth of July
When you're searching for used furniture, the best times to go sifting through consignment and thrift stores are often in January and July. That's either when people try to make good on their New Year's resolutions to declutter, as well as when families choose to move after the school year.
Nevertheless, flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales that happen year-round are worth a look for these items, too, since you can always try to haggle for the price you want.
Bottom line, your home's style should always align with your current tastes and present budget. As long as you keep these dates in mind, you can think about getting up-to-date furniture at a comfortable price.