Tips For Furnishing Your First Home

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It's finally happening: you're moving into your first grown-up home! Whether you're renting a studio apartment or buying a house all for yourself, you are now facing the daunting task of furnishing a space that's all your own. This is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. Not only do you have to decide on a design for this space, but you have to find the furniture to fulfill your vision, buy it, and actually move it back to your home. All of this can be a lot to take in, so these tips will help you to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Stop and Measure!

You may already have visions of sofas and coffee tables and Papasan chairs dancing around in your head, but it's time to take a step back. Before picturing your perfect living room or dining room, it's important to get measuring. Take detailed measurements of every room that you're going to furnish and then take them a second time to be sure. A variety of apps are available to help you create room layouts, but it's also fine to simply record your measurements on paper.

As you take your measurements, remember that you are doing more than just checking to see if your new furniture will physically fit into the space. Furniture that is too large can dominate a room while furniture that is too small will be lost in it. Use your measurements to help you decide on the type of furniture that you want, not simply to check if it will fit.

Think About How You'll Use the Space

Everyone wants their rooms to look great, but practicality should be your first order of business. If you spend a lot of time entertaining, then make sure you create functional spaces with plenty of seating that allow your guests to properly face each other and enjoy each other's company. Conversely, if you mostly spend time alone or in small groups, then it isn't necessary to go crazy with huge sofas or elaborate dining room setups. Picture your day-to-day life and work backwards from that picture to design your rooms.

Stay Practical

Once you're ready to head to the furniture store, it's time to put on your practicality hat. Have a clear budget in mind and stick to it. Ideally, you should have a total amount that you're willing to spend on furnishings as well as a maximum that you're willing to put out on any one piece of furniture. Compartmentalizing in this way should help you to avoid blowing most of your budget on a single (hopefully spectacular!) piece of furniture. Keep a few other practical questions in mind as well as you look at your furniture. How hard will it be to maintain? How long will it last? How soon do you intend to replace it? Make sure that you are comfortable with the answers before making any purchases.

Ultimately, choosing furniture for your new home is all about injecting your personality into the space. With a little care, you'll be able to find the perfect set of furniture to suit your style and budget.

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