Setting up home for the first time is a magical experience that you will always treasure. But it can also be stressful and putting all the things you need together takes time and money. You can help to make the whole experience as enjoyable as possible by planning ahead. It’s vital to consider what your lifestyle will be like in the new home, as this will enable you prioritise choosing the most important items of furniture to buy.
There are big essentials that every home needs such as a bed, desk, table and chairs, sofa, wardrobe, chest of drawers and coffee table. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have the budget to buy all of these brand new when just starting out, so it’s helpful to work out what you have available to spend and decide which pieces to invest in now and which ones to save up for.
We all sleep for a third of our lives, so choosing a comfy bed with a good quality mattress is a very sensible place to start. With other items of bedroom furniture you may prefer to get by with second hand buys at first with a view to trading up as you get more funds. If you spend a lot of time watching television and reading, then a good sofa is likely to be another priority.
Alternatively if you spend a lot of time using your computer then a practical desk with a comfortable chair should be one of your first buys. A dining table and chairs is fantastic for entertaining or enjoying family meals together. However, if it’s just the two of you and you tend to eat dinner while you relax in front of the television, then the table is a good item to postpone until more funds are available. Your choices will obviously be governed by your budget, but try to consider the long term – buying cheap new furniture that falls apart in a year or two is a false economy. It may be better to do without until you can afford something that is built to last.
Another good tip is to consider items with more than one purpose. Buying a blanket box to use as a coffee table will give you useful storage as well as providing somewhere to rest your drinks.
Also consider how much work you need to do on your home. If there are messy jobs such as plastering to do then you may prefer to have a second hand sofa at first and then buy the one you really want once the building work is completed.
When you are ready to start shopping, ensure that the furniture will fit the size and style of your home. Look at the measurements carefully before you buy as it often looks smaller in a showroom or online than it will in your lounge! Also bear in mind that your design schemes will probably change over time, so try to choose neutral pieces so you can ring the changes with accessories such as colourful cushions or throws.