Becoming a homeowner for the first time is exciting and thrilling, but it can also be daunting no fear because the Furniture checklist is here. There are so many things to remember and tick off the list, including the furniture and ways to accessorise the home and bring it to life. But, which furniture is essential, and should we spend a little more time and money on?
We spoke to a variety of industry experts to find out what exactly should be on the furniture checklist for first time buyers, including items that should be bought straight away and others that can wait a while. Here, they share their top tips on essential pieces of furniture and the accessories to match:
A bed that can stand the test of time
Jonathan Warren, director at online bed retailer, Time 4 Sleep, gives his advice on what to look for as you choose one of the most important pieces of furniture for your new house, the bed.
“Investing in a good quality bed that will stand the test of time is really important for new homeowners. It may seem a large sum of money up front, but it is most definitely worth it. There are so many options out there, meaning there is something for every style of home.
“Additionally, a good quality mattress is equally important. Extra comfort during the night helps with a better sleep which makes for a healthier and happier mind. Our OneLife mattress uses advanced technology for optimal comfort and support.”
A comfortable sofa for cosy nights in
Simon Nicholson, Furniture Buying Director at sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, suggests investing wisely in key pieces of furniture to create a comfortable and relaxing living space in your new home.
“ First time buyers are often limited when it comes to money so it’s important to prioritise key pieces of furniture. The living room is an area of the home we spend most of our time, so it’s worth investing in a good quality, comfortable sofa.
“When it comes to choosing a new sofa, always consider the size and shape of your room and measure the space carefully. There are so many shapes and combinations available there’s something to suit every space. A corner sofa might be a better solution for a smaller room than a three and two seater sofa as it will create the illusion of more floor space, or a stylish recliner sofa may provide you that added put-your-feet-up luxury that can be neatly hidden away afterwards. Above all, do your research and choose a sofa that will work well with your living room shape and lifestyle, and that will ultimately help you sit back and relax at the end of the day. And, to help budget and spread the costs make the most of finance offers, such as ScS' 4 years interest free credit.”
Farren Murphy, Head of Flooring at ScS, said:
“To help identify the best flooring options for your new home, it’s best to consider your lifestyle, know your budget and have your room sizes handy before going shopping. For instance, does it need to be pet-proof or suitable for youngsters? We have an array of flooring types available from our First Time Buyer collection, with carpets to suit all needs, to practical hard flooring and Luxury Vinyl Tile ranges. Our flooring experts are on-hand in store to help, and share their knowledge and advice. We strongly recommend arranging for an estimator to visit your home to confirm and check sizes, and our flooring specialist will arrange this for you free of charge."
“Once your new flooring is fitted, help keep it looking great for longer by taking care of it with regular maintenance. Wiping up and treating spills as soon as they happen will avoid unnecessary stains and damage, especially to wooden floors. We also recommend only using cleaning products that are made specifically for carpets and flooring, such as ScS' range of specialised kits available for tackling particular spills and stains. For areas that see lots of traffic, using a mat or rug can trap dirt and stop it from spreading across the floor and using floor protectors underneath furniture legs and wheels to prevent scratching and avoid leaving indentations."
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Accessories to add the finishing touch
Paul McGuiness, Owner at Terry’s Fabrics, gives his advice on how to add accessories to your home to make it your own.
“Choosing home accessories is one of the most exciting parts about moving into your first house, as the right homeware can add a personal touch and really transform the space.
“Spend time thinking about what kind of style you’d like to incorporate into your home to ensure that all accessories complement each other. It’s always a good idea to style one room at a time too, considering each room a project in itself so that you can focus all your attention on completing it without feeling overwhelmed.
“Before you start shopping, make a list of essential homeware items so that you know how to prioritise your money. For example, items such as blinds, curtains and lighting are much more important than cushions and throws.”