Now that you are the proud owner of a home, it is time to furnish it. It doesn’t matter if the previous tenant left some furniture; you should be putting your own mark on the place. The best way to do this is by putting your own furnishings. Here are some tips on how you can better furnish your new place:
Know What You Want
Before anything else, you better have a plan. How exactly do you want your place to look? This may seem too much for a single-room apartment, but it still holds true. You need to have a central vision so that you can choose the right furniture for your place. Just sit down in the middle of each room and list what you think each room needs and what piece of furniture should do.
For example, when you plan to buy a sofa in the UK or in other countries, you know that it will go into the main living room. But what type of sofa do you need? Something that can also be used as a bed? Will it be a place for conversations? Is it for watching movies on a large-screen TV?
Set a Budget
Now that you’ve got a vision ready, it’s time to talk about money. Your budget for the furniture should be a reasonable amount. Expect some of the pieces to be expensive. To be on the safe side, here’s a simple formula. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on extras each month, and then multiply that by three.
For example, your discretionary spending is $3,000. That means you can only afford to spend $9,000 on furnishings. This is at least for the month. You’ll want to buy the immediate furniture you need with that money. Then when you hit the three-month mark, you will have the budget again to buy the remaining furniture.
Go for Quality
With a limited budget, it can be tempting to buy cheap furnishings so that you can fill up your house quickly. That’s the wrong move since you will end up spending more to replace them when they break. That is why you should go for high-quality pieces. The key thing though is to ensure that you are getting a good quality product. Being expensive doesn’t mean they’re immediately high quality. Confirm by looking at reviews and customer testimonials.
Have a Priority List
When you’re furnishing a house, there are essentials that you need to buy first. For example, you will need a bed before you buy a bookshelf. Come up with a list of items that you need to buy immediately to make the home livable. You should also do this with the rooms so that they are filled up and usable before anything else. The places to concentrate on are the bedrooms, the kitchen, and the dining room. You can live with a bare living room, but not a bedroom with no bed.
Furniture can go a long way in making your home livable. If you heed the tips above, then you can be sure that your furniture fits the vision you had for your house. Remember that a home is where you should want to go to after work or anything you do. Choose the right furniture so that you feel the atmosphere of home embrace you when you arrive every afternoon or night.