Buying a new home is very exciting. Typically the first item of business after closing is personalizing your new space with furniture and other décor items quickly so you can invite friends and family over to show it off. Correct? It’s ok; we all like to brag about things we are excited about.
Furniture is the most featured items that finish spaces throughout your home. However, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or seasoned buyer, you may want or need to buy new furniture to complete your new space. We are going to provide several ideas what furniture to buy for your new home.
Important: Before taking the trip to your favorite furniture store, don’t forget your tape measure. Also, be sure to have measurements of your room spaces available.
Your Great Room Furniture
1. Sofa (or couch depending where your from) – Get the centerpiece of your great room. Your friends and family will appreciate having a nice place to relax. Sorry, your favorite chair will not be enough and don’t expect anyone to sit on the floor. You’re not a kid any more.
There are many styles available such as sectionals, chaises, roll arms, and lawson to name a few popular designs. [Click to see style examples]. Choose a style the fits your personality and space, and is comfortable for everyday use.
As for colors, well, that will be up to you. The space is a reflection of your personality. Just keep in mind accent colors you may use throughout your space. I wanted a red sofa, but the wife nixed that idea.
2. Lighting – This may not be considered furniture, but it’s still a necessity for your space. You may have ceiling lights or fans, but having a nice table lamp where you can determine the illumination setting is good to control the mood. If you want to relax, you may not want to have a bright overhead light enveloping the space or be in the dark. Having a lamp can create a relaxing atmosphere.
3. Side Tables and/or Coffee Table – If your space allows, along with your budget, it’s a good idea to buy a couple side tables or coffee table to complete the great room space. Tables are those pieces that fill odd empty spaces, plus provide a place for your table lamps, and other small décor pieces. Not to mention, it’s a great drink holder.
Kitchen/Dining Room Furniture
4. Table to Eat At – You may enjoy eating while relaxing on your new sofa watching TV, but help your friends and family out, get a table to seat several people. No one enjoys standing or eating on the floor.
There are many table designs and materials to choose from, i.e. wood, metal, plastics, glass, round, square, rectangle, unfinished, etc. You get the idea.
Be sure to get a table that large enough to allow comfortable eating space for your family and/or guests. You may consider a table that can be enlarged or reduced.
5. Beds – Think of your bed as your second most occupied space other than your office. Seriously. You’re in bed almost as much as you are at the office, that’s if you are disciplined enough to manage your rest. If your budget doesn’t allow for a nice bed frame, spend a little more on a good mattress now. Your body will appreciate it.
As for secondary bedrooms, be sure to take care of those occupying those spaces. Don’t go too cheap on mattresses.
6. Bedside Tables – Depending on the bedroom space, get a bedside table. These are nice to put your mobile phone (which is your alarm), lamp and TV remote (if you have a TV in the bedroom).
Quick Thought Points:
1. Remember to measure
2. Stick to your budget
3. Don’t buy everything at once
4. Think long term
5. Quality vs Cheap
7. Don’t be afraid to expose your personality
8. Have fun
This is a small list of furniture to buy and considered staples for any home. Don’t be afraid to display your personality throughout your new space.