Have you recently become a first-time house buyer? Do you need to buy some furniture for your new abode? Alternatively, are you moving into a rented property that is not furnished and need to purchase the essentials?
Do not fret my dear friend, because we have the solution to your dilemma. Everything you need to know what to buy and how much you should spend on certain items is answered in this tell-all guide.
First of all, where are you sleeping?
A bed is one of, if not the, most important furniture items in a home. Sleep is a crucial part of a human’s daily life that ensures we are healthy and happy.
All adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep every night to function at our best, which means we spend on average 2,688 hours a year in bed.
That’s a lot throughout a lifetime, so it is imperative that your mattress and bed is great quality. A good bed will last around 10 years; think of it as an investment and purchase one that is a neutral color that will coordinate with all decor styles. What are the size dimensions you have available? A single is cheaper but a double is much more ideal for the long-term. Save yourself money in a few years’ time and invest in a large, comfortable bed. And if you can, try to get under-bed storage.
On average, spend:
- Mattress $300- $1500
- Bed frame single $350
- Bed frame double $250- $1000
Where can you eat?
A table to eat at is a must-have necessity as well as chairs to sit on. To start off, a 2/4 seat dining set is ideal but bear in mind how many people are living in the house, and how often you tend to have visitors. If you regularly host dining parties, a larger table might be better, however, make sure you measure the size dimensions of the space you have available before purchasing anything. The average dining set costs around $300-$800.
Where are your clothes kept?
No-one should store their clean clothes on the bedroom floor or stuff them away into a suitcase. A wardrobe or chest of drawers is essential for all your clothes. You can also buy a drawer-combi wardrobe to fit all your belongings in. You can simply buy a floor-standing wardrobe that you can take with you to your next property, or buy fitted-storage space.
We advise you to purchase non-fitted furniture if you rent the property. On average, a wardrobe can cost as little as $300 and go up to $1000 +.
Do not try to buy a small, single wardrobe and overstuff it with your clothes because you will just maximise the weight capacity, and break it.
So there you have it; the three essential furniture items for your new home. Obviously there other fittings and fixtures which are desired such as a sofa and TV but it is all about analyzing your financial budget and making priorities until you have the budget available. Look at it this way- at least you will have a comfortable night sleep, a tidy bedroom and a relaxing dinner time!