5 Easy Steps To Furnish A Home
It can be a stressful experience when it comes to furnishing a home or an investment property. But with some proper planning, it doesn’t have to be! Here we have noted 5 easy steps that you can follow when it comes to furnishing a home.
Let’s get started..!
NO. 1 – CONCEPT
Think about a style that you would like for your home? Do you gravitate towards designs that are timeless or modern?
The following are some design types you can explore: minimalistic designs, classic french provincial, Scandinavian, Hamptons or coastal style. Search them up on Google images, interior design blogs, and Pinterest for inspiration.
After you have done some research, consider putting your ideas on a mood board to help you visualise and tie it all together.
Def. Mood board – An arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc. intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept. – Oxford Dictionary
NO. 2 – SET A LIST & BUDGET
To identify what you need, list out items according to each room. Start with the most significant pieces (i.e. bed, couch, etc.), and then move on to the smaller items (i.e. bedside tables, cushions, decor, etc.).
When it comes to budgeting, have a total figure in mind and then split the amount by rooms—for example, $10,000 for the living area and $3,000 for a bedroom. You can then break it down further, and allocate an estimated amount for each item or item category (i.e. kitchenware).
NO. 3 – HAVE A FLOOR PLAN
It is good to have a floor plan handy, as it helps you to visualise the overall space. Furthermore, essential measurements are usually recorded on them.
To create a floor plan, make use of an existing one or draw one up with a pen and paper. It doesn’t have to be complicated, you can just draw squares to signify areas in your house if you haven’t done one before.
Record the dimensions of the room on the floor plan. Don’t forget to measure the entrance of the room as well, the furniture needs to be able to fit through!
If you’re tech-savvy, there are floor plan applications that you can download on your phone to assist you.
NO. 4 – BROWSE & SHOP EFFICIENTLY
Going to a furniture store can be fun and therapeutic for some. But if you don’t have much time, browsing the items online first can help. So when you do finally head in-store, you won’t need to walk around the whole shop to get an idea of what’s available. Many stores have their items listed online these days. You can easily check the prices and furniture dimensions in the product description.
If you’re on a tight budget, check the clearance or sale section of the shop’s website. Alternatively, look for second-hand furniture on eBay or Gumtree. You don’t always need expensive items to make a beautiful home. It’s all about creating an aesthetic appeal that flows well visually and is practical.
NO. 5 – START SHOPPING
Once you’ve researched and narrowed down your choices, you can start shopping! Always double-check the item sizes before you buy so you don’t end up with something that is too large or small, or worst yet can’t fit through the entrance of the room!
Don’t fret if some of the furniture you have bought doesn’t end up fitting, it happens to the best of us. Many furniture stores allow returns or exchanges. It is worth reading up on the store’s return policies before purchasing anything.
Lastly, have fun! A home is where your heart is, so make it a good one and enjoy the process.