New house, new start? Perhaps you’re moving out for the first time and need to start from scratch.
Whatever it is, furnishing a house is expensive, especially when you consider just how much furniture is needed to fully equip a house, and that’s not to mention the price of appliances.
Depending on your interior design taste, you could struggle to find furniture that suits your taste, and this can be just as frustrating as being priced out of the market.
If you’re struggling with furnishing your new house, read our top tips below which should help to make the process a bit less daunting and enjoyable like it should be.
1. Get basic appliances first
As mentioned, houses need a lot of furniture, but it’s wise to just start off with the basics.
Make sure you have kitchen appliances like a washing machine, a dryer, a fridge, a freezer, an oven, a toaster and a microwave to start off with.
As much as you might enjoy a smoothie or baking cakes, the Kitchen Aid and Nutribullet aren’t essential and can be pushed further down the list.
Even if you don’t have a sofa, sitting on cushions on the floor is an option, but you can’t cook food in mid air which means you need to prioritize the basic appliances.
2. Break it down room by room
Once you’ve got your kitchen appliances, you can begin sourcing other items, and it’s usually best to do this room by room.
You’ll usually want to start with either the bedroom or the living room – whichever one is more important to you.
Some people will spend most of their time in the bedroom, whilst others will prefer to spend their free time in the living room.
Whichever room you value the most, start with that one. If it’s the living room, get a sofa and a TV stand to start off with. You can always add to it later.
For the bedroom, you’ll want to focus on getting a new bed and a dresser/wardrobe. Once again, it can always be added to.
You might choose to fully kit out a room before moving on to the next, but this can take more time depending on the size of the room, your budget and your personal taste.
3. Not everything has to be new
This is especially the case for those moving into their first homes.
You don’t need to have the best of the best to begin with; as you save up more and settle into your new home you can begin upgrading things.
Charity shops and auctions can sometimes have hidden gems that you just can’t buy brand new – especially if your preference is for older, more eclectic items.
Larger cities (think state capitals or country capitals like London) are also goldmines for house clearance furniture, so it’s always worth checking those out to get excellent furniture at an affordable price.
If you can’t find exactly what you want, you have three options: compromise and buy something else, go without until you find exactly what you’re looking for, or make it yourself.
The latter of these three choices is a great option because it’s cheaper and allows you to really tailor otherwise standard furniture to your home style.
Whether that’s in the form of reupholstering a sofa, painting a wardrobe or full on making your own bespoke storage unit, upcycling is a cost-effective, eco-friendly and often fast way of furnishing your new house.
Hopefully these tips will help you with the mammoth and daunting task of furnishing your new house and make it that bit easier (we can’t guarantee they’ll help with getting the items through the door and building them though)!
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