Making a new living space feel like a home is no small feat, especially if you have to start from scratch. While it’s important to make your home comfortable and uniquely you, it can also take a toll on your wallet.
OfferUp, an online marketplace of local buyers and sellers that helps users find furniture for sale in their area, analyzed data from its app to find out how expensive it is to furnish an apartment in 118 U.S. cities.
As luck would have it, Austin is one of the least expensive markets in Texas. Don’t get too excited though. While we might rank better than our friends in Houston, we also rank nationally as the No. 14 most expensive market in the U.S. With an average item price of $127, the median cost to get all of your furniture in the Capital City is $815.
Houston leads the pack as the third most expensive city in the nation (No. 1 in Texas) to furnish an apartment, with a median apartment furnishing cost of $925 and an average item price of $164. Dallas-Fort Worth ranks as the No. 12 most expensive markets in the country. The median furnishing cost is $819 for an entire apartment; an individual item costs $133 on average. San Antonians spend an average of $128 on individual furniture pieces and only $775 to furnish an apartment.
What are we spending all that money on exactly? Practical items like dressers and sofas are the most popular, followed by desks, tables, beds, and TV stands.
It sounds like the next time you’re in the market for outfitting your new place, you'll need to set aside almost $1,000 (and let us know how you do it for cheaper). In the meantime, check out our favorite places to shop for furniture in the ATX.