Tips for furnishing your first home

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Moving into your first home is an exciting adventure. There is a good chance though that you will have to furnish it from scratch. Here are a few tips to help you on this endeavor.

Wait until you know what you need

If you are planning to rent but haven’t found a place yet, wait until you settle on exactly where you will be living before making furniture purchases. You might find a place that is partly furnished where you then actually don’t need to buy that much. Or there might be space limitations that you will need to know before buying furniture.

Know what you like

A lot of people don’t really know what décor preferences they have. It’s not that they don’t have opinions; it’s just that they maybe don’t know how to articulate them. Spend some time looking at décor magazines and blogs or start a Pinterest inspiration board to get a feel for what you like. You might like the retro attitude that comes with Smeg fridges and other appliances, or you might prefer a white, minimalist style.

Create a budget

How much can you afford to spend on your home right now? Can you buy everything immediately or will you have to space your purchases over a few months? Work out your budget now so that you can be sure you won’t spend too much on the things that aren’t as important.

Prioritise what you need

If you can’t afford to buy everything you want all at once then you need to decide what to get now and what to get later. For instance, you will need a fridge now, but a dresser in the guest bedroom can wait. You need chairs and cutlery, but new wallpaper and carpeting could wait a month or two if needed.

Buy your big pieces second hand

Second hand furniture is significantly cheaper than brand new furniture but that’s not the only good thing going for them. You might not yet really know what you want. So rather than buy an expensive lounge suite that could take longer to pay off than it takes for you to grow tired of, you could settle for something cheaper in the meantime. Later on you will have a more clear idea of what you really want long term for your home, and by that time you might not even be in the same place.

Embrace the imperfection

It’s unlikely that your first home will be perfect and that is okay. Your chairs might not match and the couch might not be the ideal fit for the room. Your first home probably won’t look like something from an interior décor catalogue and you can like that about your home. Love the fact that it is yours, quirks and all.