Moving into a first house or apartment is an exciting milestone in anyone’s life, and shopping for new furniture and décor is part of the fun! The following five tips will help you choose new furnishings for your first home.
1. Invest in Quality Furniture
Several of your primary furniture pieces (e.g. sofa, dining table, etc.) will probably be with you for a long time, so buy the highest quality pieces you can afford. High-quality furniture is built to withstand heavy use, so try to invest in a few primary pieces that will last for many years.
2. Choose Neutral Upholstery
Choose neutral colors for your primary furniture pieces since they will be with you the longest. This way, you won’t need to invest in a new sectional sofa if you remodel or change the color scheme of your living room. Neutral tones (e.g. beige, cream, etc.) work just fine with bold color schemes because you can simply add small touches of color, like color-coordinated throw pillows.
3. Don’t Skimp on Your New Bed
Since most people spend about one-third of their day in bed, this is one primary piece you don’t want to cheap-out on. A good night’s sleep is crucial to your long-term health and well-being, so choose a mattress and box spring that provides the right level of support and firmness.
4. Pick a Square Table
Since many starter homes have smallish dining areas, a square dining table can accommodate almost any corner or wall space. A square table with leaves is even better because you’ll never outgrow it. Someday, if you live in a home with a larger dining room, your square starter table will still work fine in a breakfast nook or eat-in kitchen.
5. Measure, Measure, Measure
Before you even consider buying a piece of furniture for your first home, make sure you have already measured everything. Furniture in the showroom always looks smaller than it really is because of the store’s high ceiling and open floor plan. Be sure to measure the actual spot where the piece will sit, as well as any doorway, stairwell or hallway that must be used to move the furniture into your home.
These five tips should help you make the right furnishing choices for your home.
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