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, San Antonio is one of the least expensive markets in Texas. San Antonians spend an average of $128 on individual furniture pieces and only $775 to furnish an apartment, which is cheaper than Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin.
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 12th most expensive in the country. The median furnishing cost is $819 for an entire apartment; an individual item costs $133 on average. The average item price in Austin is a dollar cheaper than San Antonio, but the median furnishing cost is $815.
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 Alamo City.
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