Furnishing an entire house can be a huge project, especially if you require furniture for every room. Instead of running out and choosing the cheapest and quickest furniture pieces you can find, turn it into a fun shopping process. Furnishing a house can take many months, even years. Take your time and keep these new furniture buying tips in mind.
Focus on comfort furniture pieces first
You do not necessarily have to furnish your entire house right after you move into it. Instead, first focus on finding furniture pieces that increase the comfort of your house. These pieces include bedroom furniture, living room couches and chairs, and comfortable dining room furniture. You can always spend more time later looking for the perfect coffee table or the nightstand table. In a recent HomeGoods survey, approximately 14% of respondents said their home furnishings actually make them feel gloomy and stressed. This is because many homeowners run out with the goal of quick shopping rather than choosing pieces that they enjoy and make them feel good.
Consider your flooring materials
The different types of flooring materials in your house can affect the type and design of furniture that you purchase. For example, if you have ceramic tiles on your dining room floor, you will want to avoid too heavy of dining room furniture. Moving heavy furniture over the ceramic tiling can eventually damage or crack the material. Even hardwood floors can get scratched and ruined from heavy furniture pieces. You do always have the option to place a rug underneath the table and chairs to protect the flooring. Data from the National Association of REALTORS found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring. Vinyl flooring materials tend to be very durable to heavier furniture, but you can never be too careful.
Think about the type of foot traffic in each room
Choosing the right furniture for your household needs is also important. If you have young children or constantly have people tracking through your living room, choosing an expensive white plush couch might not be the best idea. The couch will likely be ruined within just a couple of weeks. Darker colors that can be easily cleaned are usually better for households with small children. You also have the option to cover these more expensive pieces of furniture with a couch cover, at least until they are a little older.
Always stick with your style
Many homeowners factor a lot into their furniture buying decision. They consider what current styles are and what guests will think of the furniture. Although the design is important, it is more important that you enjoy and find the furniture to be comfortable. The furniture pieces are the one thing that is not included in a home sale. It doesn’t matter if future buyers do not enjoy your furniture pieces, as they are not purchasing them. According to a HomeGoods survey, only one out of five Americans (approximately 20%) feel happy with their current home design. Avoid others opinions and choose furniture pieces that fit your style.
Furnishing a house does not have to be overwhelming and stressful. Keep your own style and personality needs in mind. Focus on furniture pieces you need to be comfortable in your home with first. Remember to protect your flooring as you place new furniture pieces on them. With these tips and a little shopping, you will have a fully furnished home that you enjoy in no time.