Moving into your first home is a huge and exciting milestone in your life, but after your down payment comes out of your account and those first bills have come out, there may not be much left in your account to decorate your new home with! Luckily for you, there are plenty of tips to help you get started. Learn how to furnish your first home on a budget with these helpful hints.
Go down the free route first
You’d be surprised at just how much you can do to furnish your home thanks to the generosity of friend, family members, and even strangers. Sometimes all it takes is being in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of free places to get furniture including Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, and apps like Nextdoor, but please be careful with meeting up with these people. Look for pieces to upcycle or things that will hold you over until you can invest in new furniture.
Prioritize the key items
When you first move in, it’ll become apparent which items you’ll need first. For example, having a bed is a must, but if it’s just you, you may be able to hold off on a sofa, coffee table, nightstand, and other storage furniture until you have the funds for them. It took me about five months to get my sofa, and I still barely sit on it. By focusing on creating strong foundations through your walls and flooring, you can then focus on adding the furniture. Look for cheaper alternatives to hardwood flooring or carpet by using vinyl lino flooring which can be used to create both modern and classic decor styles. Make a list of everything you need and prioritize in an order of when you need it to help you budget your spending.
Make the most of IKEA
Love it or loathe it, IKEA is a fantastic place to buy furniture for your home. From budget buys to bigger ticket items, you can get a lot for your new home without having to spend a fortune. If you’re worried about your decor looking too familiar or unoriginal, consider using some IKEA hacks to customize your furniture and give it a more bespoke look.
Upcycle older furniture
Head to Goodwill or local flea markets and yard sales to find some high-quality items that need a little bit of TLC to bring them back to life. Sometimes, a bit of sanding and paint is all you need to revive an old dresser or coffee table, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon have the upcycling everything! Putting some love into your pieces will make you appreciate them more, and they’ll make your house feel more like home.
Your first home is a fun and challenging new project, and as it all comes together you can feel proud of what you’ve done. Remember that breathing life into a new home takes time and you might not be able to do everything at once. Your hard work will soon pay off and you’ll end up with a place that you’ll be proud to call your home.