Asking people directly is always the best way to find furnished apartments. Other options include searching online databases, watching community message boards, posting fliers in key locations and looking in local newspapers.
Furnished apartments can be found in small towns and villages by joining community forums and message boards. Check to see if there is a Facebook community page available. For the best results, post an ad mentioning the need for a furnished apartment, the budget for rent and the time frame when the apartment is needed. This gets the word out that you are looking for a place, and members of the group can reach out to others in the community who may not be part of the forum. Many people do not post ads in newspapers because of the associated printing charges.
Post fliers at local places of businesses such as grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations. Also try other community service locations such as Council on Aging, Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion offices. Job and Family Services is a community service full of workers aimed at helping and guiding people, and it can offer connections to finding a furnished apartment. Most of the best deals on finding an apartment are spread through word of mouth.