10 Tips When it Comes To Buying Furniture For Your Home
Buying your first home or moving apartments is one of the biggest and most exciting milestones in life. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely stressful! Having to furnish a new home can feel quite overwhelming and even intimidating if you’ve never had the opportunity to do it before.
But it doesn’t have to be so daunting – moving into your new place and furnishing it can be a wonderful experience. To help make it just that, we’ve compiled our best tips on how to furnish a new home. Follow our simple and practical advice and your new house will soon feel like a home!
Set a Budget. To avoid costly mistakes, set a budget early on and focus on the items you need the most and that you can afford immediately. Think long and hard when making your list of priorities and remember that you don’t have to (and in fact shouldn’t!) buy everything at once.
Figure out Your Style. Before you purchase any furniture, take some time to figure out what you’d like your new home to look and feel like. Do you like things classic and elegant, cozy and welcoming, or modern and sleek? Whatever your style is, keep in mind that all houses feel more like homes when they have personal touches, so don’t be afraid to mix and match styles according to your preferences.
Measure Everything. Get to know your new home by measuring all rooms and areas and do this well before purchasing the bigger items (nothing worse than a sofa that doesn’t fit the living room!). To get a better idea of how your furniture will fit, check out some design apps that allow you to scale furniture along with the room size
Start with the Basics. If you have to move to your new place soon, it’s best to start with the basics, a.k.a. the things you can’t function without. You can add any additional furniture pieces and decorations later on, but for starters, focus on your staples such as a bed, dining table and chairs, desk, etc.
Needs First, Wants Second. If your “wants” list is pretty long but your budget is limited, focus on your needs first and wants second. E.g. while you may want that gorgeous dining room set you saw in a glossy magazine, you don’t need it to have dinner with friends; what you need instead is a table and sufficient seating.
Evaluate Your Space. Envision your future home by evaluating the available space. While a certain style and a number of furniture pieces in a room may look fantastic in your head, it’s no use if the style and items don’t look good or can’t fit without looking cramped in an actual room.
Quality over Quantity. If you want to have furniture that will last you decades, don’t let your desire to simply fill the empty space take over your shopping process. Invest in important items, such as a sofa and bed frame and mattress, and be frugal when it comes to smaller pieces like end tables.
Consider Shopping Secondhand. Speaking of big investment pieces, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get quality and style if you’re willing to give secondhand items a try. Gorgeous and well-preserved pieces can be found in thrift stores, flea markets and on Craigslist, so get creative!
Space Out the Purchase of Investment Pieces. Another tip about purchasing big-ticket items, such as art pieces, luxurious rugs and sofas, is to space it out. It’s more than okay if your new place looks like a work