There are lots of milestones for you to look forward to in your life, with potentially one of the biggest being moving out. That first taste of freedom is bittersweet; you have your own place and can begin you own life journey, but it can be daunting when you think of the mountain of work that needs to be done to turn your house into a home.
One of the biggest jobs you will have ahead of you is furnishing your house. It’s not easy to fill multiple rooms with furniture, especially when you take into account how much it costs initially to move and how expensive furniture can be.
If you’re preparing to move into your first home, here are some top tips for tackling furnishing it.
Use What You Have
First and foremost, use what you have. You probably already have a bed, a dresser or wardrobe, a bedside table and a desk. This means that whilst it might not be the interior vibe you’re looking for immediately, you have enough to at least kit out your bedroom and turn it into a functional room that has everything you feasibly need.
In terms of smaller furnishings, you probably also have throw blankets, a rug, some curtains or blinds and some knickknacks that will make your new home seem more familiar and have aspects of you in it.
You likely won’t be able to kit every room out at the same time, and that means you’ll probably need to make do with what you have for a period of time. This could mean using storage boxes as a coffee table or your desk as a dining table for a while. Sure, it’s not the best, but it gets the job done until you find the right furniture for you.
It’s never a great idea to buy big items of furniture before you’ve moved in because you won’t have a realistic feel for the room. You need to take measurements and figure out where specific items will be placed. You can use tape as a guide for buying a sofa and determining which part of the room it will sit in and whether or not the one you’re looking at will fit with the other items you want to place in the room.
This doesn’t just apply to sofas – any bulky items like sideboards and headboards need to be measured up. You also need to consider the layout and access to power outlets as this will restrict where you can place items.
It’s a good idea to prioritize the rooms that you need to have furnished first. For example, whilst you sleep in your bedroom and get changed there, if you already have a bed and a wardrobe, it’s not hugely important to furnish it with brand new things when you already have usable items to begin with.
In contrast, you might not have an entertainment unit or a sofa for your living room, and this is likely to be the room you spend most of your time in, so it’s a good idea to start with this room first.
First homes are something to grow into. Despite what social media might say, you’re not expected to have brand new, high-end furniture off the bat. You can pick up some great items like sofas, rugs and soft furnishings second-hand. Not only this more affordable, but it’s more sustainable and often more stylish because you can find some unique gems that no one else has.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful in regard to furnishing your first home!