Are you buying furniture for a new home? Read our buying tips first.
For many people buying a new home also involves spending on new furniture. Whatever your circumstances - buying a bigger home, purchasing a new style of property, or buying a home for the first time - you are likely to want to buy new pieces of furniture to go in your new home.
To avoid any costly mistakes that you might later regret we suggest the following advice:
Make sure you know the exact dimensions of the room you wish to furnish. Arrange a visit to the house to measure the length and width of the spaces you have available for your major items of furniture. Include the space you will require around the furniture to ensure you can move freely around the room and that it will function as needed. For example, if you're buying a new dining table and chairs you will need to allow space around the table for the chairs to be pulled out.
Perhaps take a few photos, which you can take with you when you go shopping to remind you of the room layout.
Don’t forget to check the width of the doors and staircase to make sure you will be able to get your furniture in.
Consider the architecture of the property and factor this into your choice of style so that they complement each other rather than clash. Unless you are planning to furnish your new house from scratch, then make sure your new items of furniture will sit well alongside what you already have.
Bold and bright colours/patterns always look appealing in the shop, but neutral shades might be a safer choice for your key items of furniture. It is easier and cheaper to change the colour scheme of your walls than your furniture, and it may take a few months in your new home for you to settle on your decoration.
There is often at least a 6-8 week lead time for larger furniture items such as beds and sofas so don’t leave it until the last few weeks to place your order. You could be spending the first few weeks in your new home sitting on the floor!
For the major furniture items that are likely to see a lot of use and where comfort is paramount (for example sofas and beds), it is worth investing in quality items and spending as much as you can afford. However, buying a house is an expensive time so you can minimise the costs by looking at alternative solutions to new furniture. Good quality, second-hand furniture can often be picked up at local auction sales for a fraction of the cost of new.
Buying furniture for your new home can be a headache, but if you follow these tips and take your time, you’ll have a beautifully furnished, comfortable new home!
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