Congratulations on your new home!
While furnishing your first home is an exciting process, try and resist the overwhelming urge to rush out to your nearest IKEA and blow up your budget with lots of things. Pace yourself. As difficult as that may be, spending more time and more money on fewer items now will definitely pay off later.
Don’t budget on items that will fall apart, but instead, invest in quality items that you can use for more years to come. It’s great to think about how you can use something now, but think – can you use it later? You will want the furniture piece to grow with you, so it needs to be multipurpose and timeless.
Before you part with your credit card ask yourself “Do I love it?” and “will I still love it five years from now?”. Other questions you should also ask are “is it well-constructed?” and “is it versatile?”.
With deals and sales happening here and there, make sure to shop around and keep your eyes peeled so to not get distracted. Keep to your individual style, show off your personality.
Here are some top furniture investments you will need to kickstart your new life chapter comfortably.
- Buy durable fabric
- Plain, neutral colour
- Buy small-scale, high quality
- Spend more on a couch with a stain-resistant fabric
Chest of Drawers/Cabinet
- Universal multi-purpose furniture
- Rest a TV on it, use as an entry hall table or bedside table
- Buy portable with wheels for extra free-versatility
- Elegant way to store things
- Every room should have multiple sources of light
- Table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, ceiling fix
- Shop antique shops for well-made unique pieces
- Affordable art can be found at local art schools or tafe’s
- Etsy.com, Ebay.com.au and other online sites also offer unique pieces
- Invest in an artistic mirror that has purpose and looks affective
- An essential item which can be used for many things
- Consider getting a custom made desk that hides unsightly wires
- Buy an upholstered headboard with several slipcovers to change it up instantly
Leather Club Chair
- Will stand the test of time, gets better with age and use
- Choose a classic style
- Avoid leather chairs that are too trendy or distinct in style
- Light-cooured leather or dyed heather may not be the best choice
- A pedestal table can be used as a center hall table in your next house
- Dining table can add ‘WoW’ factor in a temporary place
- Shop at furniture outlets for cheaper prices
Not everything in the home has to be a staple. Add a unique jewel piece that reflects your personality. It could be a vinyl music player or a talking music fish.
Hat Tip: Washington Post