First-time home furnishings: list of tips for first-time buyers
Posted on Feb 25 2021
If you're a first-time home furnishings buyer, or planning to be, you may think it's an overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be.
Here are some long-term money saving tips and some basics you'll need to know.
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How to furnish your first home
When buying furniture, planning ahead can help you save time and stick to your budget.
Plan ahead, don't leave it to the last minute
If you are a first-time furniture buyer, you should understand that it may well be a long and time-consuming process. Buying a home for the first time can take years, so there is no excuse not to have a basic plan for the furniture you will need.
Planning ahead will really help you so it is highly advisable to think about the furniture in advance. These options can help you:
- Create a document of the furniture you need with links to the URLs of the products.
- Compare the prices of the products and calculate the total cost against your budget.
- Draw a basic floor plan to make sure you have space.
It may seem unimportant, but this kind of attention to detail can help avoid a last minute panic. However, be prepared to change your plans at the last minute if the salesperson backs out or changes their mind.
Compare prices to find the best prices for your budget
If you are working on a tight budget, take some time to search for the best value furniture for you. Read on for more detailed information on how to save money later, but this basically involves:
- Take advantage of sales, discounts and furniture packages.
- Visit local charity shops, vintage stores, or antique stores.
- Buy direct or in bulk, rather than in department stores.
If you are shopping for the first time, you should look for furniture that will stand the test of time, rather than the cheapest furniture available. A few essential, sturdy pieces are better than a house full of furniture that will need to be replaced in a year or so. But what furniture should you invest in?
What is "essential" furniture for a first home?
When furnishing your first home, start with the basics: furniture for eating, sleeping, and storage. Choose your essentials carefully and you can worry about dressers and wine racks later.
Couch and Chairs - Look for package deals and consider wear and tear.
Tables: coffee tables, lamps or nesting boxes provide essential surfaces for a cup of tea.
Multimedia unit: Do you have a TV, CD, DVD? Keep them safe and organized.
Comfortable- Display ornaments and save your publications and documents.
Bed- A sturdy solid wood bed frame can last for decades.
Bedside table- Essential, unless you like to put your phone down.
Closet- Keep your best clothes (that can be ironed) spotless and safe from moths
Chest of drawers- Organize and organize clothes, blankets and bedding.
Dining table- Choose an extendable table to save space in your home.
Dining chairs: for longevity, purchase one set of as many as you are likely to need.
Sideboard - Small kitchen? Put away the dishes, cutlery and dishes.
Study and office
DesktopIdeal for working from home or picking up a new indoor hobby.
Desk chair: Invest in your comfort, especially if you are sitting for long hours.
Bookshop: If this is your first time shopping, display your books with pride.
Choosing furniture wisely as a first-time buyer
If you've been saving to buy your first home for years, it's tempting to go with your gut and buy the cheapest or most modern furniture that grabs your attention. However, this approach can backfire if the furniture is of poor quality or looks dated within a few years. Here are some things to keep in mind:
How long should your furniture last?
If it is the first time you have bought a home or it is the first time you decide to furnish it, it is advisable to buy good quality furniture that is made to last. If you were renting a furnished apartment until now, it may be the first time you decide to furnish by or for yourself, in this case it is also advisable to buy furniture that will last over time.
If you have obtained a mortgage on a property, it generally means that you want to stay there for at least a few years. If you think you will improve and change your home again in a few years, the first few pieces of furniture in your home may not fit in your next home, so there is always the possibility that it will need to be replaced. However, if your first home is your "forever home" or for many years, it is highly advisable that you look for the best quality and durability options.
You can save money by not having to buy new furniture every few years because high-quality furniture is built with longevity in mind. The best quality leather sofas and solid wood tables can be expensive, but they are often designed to last. With care, they may even outlast you!
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If you move house again, how difficult will the relocation be?
Some furniture is extremely difficult to move once it is in place. If you're shopping for flat-pack furniture, think about whether it will need to be disassembled and reassembled during a move. Is it worth the hassle?
Measuring your staircase and door frames can save you stress during a future move.
Ideally, you'll want to carry high-quality furniture wherever you go, especially if you have long-lasting warranties. This is not a problem if you plan to stay in your first home for a long time. If you plan to sell and move on in a few years, maybe even buy furniture that you can sell with the house.
If you're buying your first home, you may not be ready to buy furniture "forever." Fortunately, there are many great value furniture ideas available for people working on a tighter budget.
Buying new furniture in bulk (deals and packages)
You can always find great deals online like our oak furniture sale. We have an ever-changing selection of clearance furniture, along with discounts on select furniture ranges. Look for additional savings and offers, such as discounts when spending more than a certain amount on an order.
Our discounted furniture never sacrifices quality, we're just making room for new styles!
From dining table and chair sets to the classic three-piece suite, buying a matching furniture set can cost less than buying everything separately. Contact us for our latest exclusive offers.
Charity shops, vintage shops and antiques
If you don't want to buy new furniture for your first home, you can save money by choosing used and second-hand furniture. If you're feeling creative, you can even recycle it.
Buy directly from suppliers, rather than from department stores
If you've seen the sofa of your dreams at a local store or boutique, see if you can find it cheaper online. There is nothing better than touching and testing the furniture in person to see if it is right for you, but it is worth doing a quick search on the web. Our unique handmade furniture is available for you to try for yourself in our showrooms, at the same price we advertise online - the best of both worlds.
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