You’ve finally done it – you’ve moved out of home and are living on your own, either in a rental or you’ve brought your first property.
If you’ve found yourself suddenly needing a whole house full of furniture in a hurry, this post is for you.
We have compiled tips for how to furnish your house fast and on a budget.
- Make a List of the Essentials
Furnishing an entire house can be a costly affair, we suggest making a list of furniture you can’t live without such as a bed, table and chairs, a lounge suite, these items won’t make your house feel like a home, but it’s a start that provides you with a place to sleep, a place to eat and relax.
Once you’ve lived in your property for a week or more you will come to understand the areas where you spend your most time, these areas are where your focus should be when you are thinking about first home furniture.
- Invest in high traffic pieces
When you buy new furniture focus your efforts on areas in your home that get te most use and make these spaces your priority when starting out, it will make your home feel yours quicker and can set the tone for the rest of your house. This is the first step in how to make your first house a home.
- Refurbish, Repurpose, Recycle
Once you’ve moved into your new place and the excitement has worn off, you’ll soon discover that furnishing your first home is one of the hidden costs of independent living.
Having a furniture budget for your new house is relative, each person’s budget will be different, however the principles of buying first home furniture still apply and that is knowing where to spend your budget.
Our advice is to reach out to family and friends to see if they are getting rid of any furniture, this is the most affordable option. The next option is to visit second-hand stores or online marketplaces, if you are a DIY creative type refurbishing old furniture might be worth your time.
Pinterest is a fantastic resource for repurposing and refurbishing furniture.
- Measure, measure, measure
Consider the architecture of each room, accounting for the size, the placement of doors, window and walls, and to consider how high the ceiling is. This will determine how the furniture, lighting and wall décor may be used and placed.
Obtain a floor plan of your property and mark on it a specification list of where power outlets area, whether doors are cavity sliders or open out, these things will greatly impact the layout of your room and may limit your choices in furniture selection.
- Don’t compromise your style.
Your personal style essentially reflects who you are, your furniture budget shouldn’t compromise these attributes, you’re the one who is going to be spending the most time in your home, so make it something you’ll enjoy aesthetically and functionally.
If you are unsure of your style, do your research, make concept boards of things that appeal to you per room and then sit back and marvel as you see your style jumping out at you, doing this will make you better equipped to add your personal touches to your new home.
- Personalise your space
On the same track as the point above, if you took the route of repurposing furniture or buying second hand, your spaces can start to feel more like an eclectic collection of random objects rather than the best representation of who you are.
An easy fix is to add small personal details to your spaces to enhance your current furniture and provide a fluid look and feel throughout the property.
- Less is more, when you are starting out
There are many benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle and decluttering your closet is just the beginning. A decluttered home has been linked to psychological health and financial freedom.
Minimalism doesn’t mean only having one couch in a large living room or being devoid of personality and colour, it simply means getting rid of anything that is not necessary, like furniture you don’t use, or clothes you don’t wear.
Selling these things on eBay for example could kill two birds with one stone, you get more cash to add to your home decorating budget whilst making more space in your home for things that you might truly value.
Another option is to donate unused items to charity and doing this on a regular basis, will keep the clutter down in your new home, if it hasn’t been used in six months then its time to part with that item.
- Stick to a neutral colour palette.
The ideals of minimalism play the same part as choosing a neutral colour palette, keep it simple and don’t overthink it. Painting your walls too many colours, having too many textures and designs can overload your spaces so stick to natural floor options like wood, and keep your walls and ceilings white or cream, you are then free to add pops of colour on details like wall art, throw cushions, a rug, and if you get bored of these thing, you can always change them up, without the need for renovating your home continuously.
A home that is painted in a neutral colour palette is easier to sell later down the track as it appeals to more people and has a fresh clean appearance.
- Let there be light
A space cannot be functional without adequate lighting and the most cost effective way of creating is by using windows and skylights.
If you don’t have plenty of windows the next best thing is to create smaller light sources around the room, however, stay away from light bulbs that throw blue light or are fluorescent, professional decorators use warm white to create a cosy ambience.
Remember that this home is completely your own, and at the end of the day, you’re the one living in it and it should work for your personal style and needs.
If all of this is still confusing and you would like further guidance, feel free to contact us for a chat.