How We Furnished our Bedroom for Less Than $100

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2012

I know you know that I’m frugal… and that I LOVE to get great deal whenever and wherever I can… right?

Well, I thought it might be fun to show you a few pictures of our Master Bedroom furniture… all of which cost me less than $100!

When we first got married, we purchased a complete, matching set of bedroom furniture. It was very nice… but I never really loved it.

Then, one day, I found an old iron bed {see pictures above} at a junk sale for $70 and knew I wanted it for our room. So I sold our 1-year old bedroom furniture on Craigslist {for MORE than what I paid for it new!} and set out to find additional furniture pieces to complete our master bedroom.

Here’s what I found…

I already mentioned that I got the bed from a junk sale… and that red door behind the bed was actually in the basement of our first house. I loved it so much that it made the move with us to our farmhouse!

I wanted a little sitting area in our bedroom {see below}, so I found a cute “women’s rocker” on Craigslist for $10 and I made the little night stand out of an old wine crate that I bought for $1 at a garage sale!

The black ladder is actually only half of a huge ladder I found a few years ago. Some black paint and a bunch of nails makes it the perfect place to store my necklaces!

Dave and I both like to fold a lot of our clothes, so we each needed our own dressers. I bought the green dresser from our old neighbors for $10 and the white one from Goodwill for $7.00.

After a little paint and distressing, they fit perfectly in our farmhouse bedroom!

Oh, and I found that little black stool for free on the side of the road {I painted it} — all the accessories are either from garage sales, junk yards, or other places in our house.

So here’s the price breakdown:

  • iron bed = $70
  • red screen door = $0
  • rocking chair = $10
  • night stand = $0
  • ladder = $0
  • green dresser = $10
  • white dresser = $7
  • black stool = $0
TOTAL = $97.00! !

I won’t even tell you how much we paid for our first bedroom set {a lot more than $100} but at least I got our money back when I sold it! Plus, I absolutely LOVE our new bedroom “set” so it was worth the extra effort it took to pull everything together!

What are your favorite frugal ways to find furniture?

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  1. Sarah


    Hi Andrea, I’m fairly new to your blog and am enjoying looking around! Your decorating choices inspire me 🙂
    I want to ask, what do you mean by “junk yard?”
    Sarah from VA


    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Sarah — welcome to my blog!
    When I say “junk yard” I really mean a junk yard! I’m not sure where you’re from, but we have store in West MI that are basically old buildings full of junk that trash collectors pull out of the trash (like it’s nice enough to save so they don’t want to throw it out).
    It’s all junky stuff, but you can find really cool old things there and all you need to do is clean them up 🙂


    Sarah Reply:

    Thanks, Andrea! Sounds like a fun place to shop. I’m in central Virginia … not sure how to find one here (if there is such a thing). All I find are auto salvage places. Will try some other searches and contact waste mgmt. Thanks for all your great ideas.


    Andrea Reply:

    good luck!


  2. Liz C


    Really lovely room–I adore those floors, too.

    One of the best things we’ve found is making our own furniture. The things we build are more easily tailored to our exact wants and needs, and definitely last longer than what we can otherwise afford to buy. I look at is as a balance: building our own is sometimes slightly *more* expensive than some of the cheap options out there, but we end up with real furniture that lasts *forever*.

    Too, where am I going to find an 8′ long “hotel desk” that fits all the computers? Customizing is so nice.

    We also prefer vintage furniture (real wood, real solid!) and aren’t afraid to use older pieces. Because we’re not fixated on a “decorator perfect” home, we have a “family perfect” place we can all enjoy, instead… your room is “family perfect!”


  3. Melissa


    I love how you decorated your bedroom 🙂


  4. Shari~Rain into Rainbows


    I love that bed frame! I’ve been looking for a similar one for awhile now, but I suspect that since our bed is king size, I’m not going to find one. Grrr….

    Your room is gorgeous and I’d love to have one similar! Definitely going to be my inspiration photos. 🙂