don't buy brand new furniture. so long as it doesn't smell, and isn't horribly stained, nobody will really give a shit about your furniture. scour craigslist and consignment shops for good deals.
This. When I first moved out, me and my ex bought like everything from thrift stores for a few bucks and did a few of the free courses they offered in Australia at Bunnings (think Home Depot)...we restored a whole bunch of clapped out old shit to the point where we used to get compliments on how cool our art deco furniture was. We ended up selling it at a decent profit when we moved to Asia.