6 Things That All Young Adults Should Keep In Mind When Furnishing Your First Home

Moving out for the first time and getting your own home is definitely a huge milestone in life, and one that allows you to advance to a new level of adulting. As exciting as this new journey can be, there are certainly some important things to take note of before you jump straight into the whole process of designing and furnishing your first home. To help you avoid some commonly made mistakes, here are 6 things that all young adults should keep in mind when furnishing your first home! 

Young couple painting their first home

1. Take your time 

Moving out for the first time and getting your first home is a huge milestone in life and one that's also rather harsh on your bank account. After most people have bought or rented their first home, they're often left with a relatively limited budget for other items such as furniture, decor and other household items. This, combined with the excitement of designing one's own space for the very first time might potentially lead to some costly mistakes. Thankfully, this doesn't have to be the case!

Here’s the secret, don't rush to furnish your entire home at once! Instead, take your time and go piece by piece. While you’ll probably want to ensure that you have a few essential pieces (e.g. bed, sofa and dining table) available when you move in, the rest can be bought slowly over time. In fact, you'd probably have a better idea of how you'd like to design and decorate your new home after you've lived there for a while. Apart from the fact that you'll have a clearer idea of the preferred design and theme for your home, taking your time to furnish your home will also allow you to have a clearer idea of what you really need. Most importantly, your first home is an important milestone that you'll want to enjoy every part of, even the hard ones. Taking the time to collect things you truly love will allow you to choose pieces that truly mean something to you, enabling you to successfully turn your new house into a home. 

2. Don't rely solely on eye measurements 

Relying solely on eye measurements when choosing your furniture, especially when ordering them online, is one of the worst mistakes you could do when furnishing your first home! Thinking about whether your new sofa and dining table will fit in your home is very different to being certain that it will, so save yourself the stress and hassle on delivery day by knowing your measurements well before you place your order.

Before you get to shortlisting your furniture, take some time to get to know your space and measure the different rooms in your home (with a handy measuring tape and not just your eyes). The good thing about furnishing your first home is that you'll probably be starting fresh and on a clean slate, meaning that the furniture world is your oyster and you'll have countless of options to choose from. You'll definitely be able to find something that not only fits your home, but most importantly, something that you love so be patient and don't be lazy! 

For tips on how to measure your furniture and ensure that they'll fit, head to this article: 2 Essential Steps To Make Sure Your Furniture Fits

3. Invest in the right pieces 

While the term "invest" might suggest that you'll have to drop a lot of money on certain pieces, try to reframe this! Instead of thinking of them as costly expenses, try to think of them as investments. Investing in good quality staple pieces like a good quality bed, sofa, mattress and dining table will ensure that you and your family will be able to enjoy them for a long time. Apart from ensuring that you'll be able to use this pieces for a long time, you'll probably also end up saving some money in the long-run, since you won't have to replace these pieces as frequently. Thus, if you have the budget to afford these pieces, it's definitely a smart move to spend a little more on some of these staple pieces that you'll use the most. 

4. Come up with a theme 

Before moving in, most of us would probably have a rough vision of how we'd like to design our home. Going furniture shopping with this rough vision in mind will not only help to narrow your options, but will also help to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed when faced with the wide variety of choices out there. To help you better visualise your vision, try creating various mood boards to help you figure out what styles of furniture and decor pieces would be perfect for your desired interior design theme.

In addition, it'd also be handy to take a look at how different pieces of furniture and decor would look together. A common mistake often made when furniture shopping is simply assuming that 2 individual, beautiful pieces will look great together. Hence, to avoid committing this mistake, always try and take pictures of the two pieces when placed together, or at the very least, place their pictures side-by-side so that you'll be able to visualise how they'll look when placed together! 

5. Be realistic 

We're probably all guilty of seeing a home with a beautiful interior and trying to replicate this exact design in our homes. While the images of these homes certainly look flawless, they might not necessarily work in the exact same manner for your home, depending on the layout and other specifics of your space. Don't get us wrong though, we're definitely not trying to say that you can't achieve a stunning home, just like the ones you've seen images of. Instead, it's important to keep in mind that unlike many of these homes that are dressed up to look great on camera, your new home is going to be lived in. Hence, while you won’t want it to look messy and un-aesthetic, you’ll still want it to have a warm, welcoming and inviting feel.

6. Sort out your big(ger) pieces first 

Last but not least, when designing your new home, always think about the bigger pieces first, like your furniture. Other things like decor pieces and artwork, on the other hand, can come later. Apart from the fact that it's much easier to anchor your interior design theme with bigger pieces of furniture first, there's really no rush when it comes to decorating. After all, these smaller items are merely meant to complete the space and to add some finishing touches to it, so you can always add them in at a later stage. 

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