Most typical first-time homeowners cannot afford to be profligate when they look around for home furnishings. They can feel overwhelmed by what they must do to furnish their new homes. Costs can get out of control; planning and research can help to keep them down. The following tips may help first-time homeowners find what they need and want at financially affordable costs.
Spread it out
There may be an urge to furnish the entire house right from the start but it is economically smarter to spread out large purchases over several months to see which rooms get most use most and then invest accordingly. Some interior designers say to live in a new house at least two months before making substantial purchases. Actual use of the house may turn out to be different from anticipated use. A bathroom renovation may not be as necessary as kitchen and dining area improvements for food storage and preparation. The living room chaise might be better in a bedroom and the bedroom love seat better in the den.
Home furnishings need not match like those in a store display. Mixed and matched pieces from various stores at different prices create unique styles. Retailers perpetuate the idea that everything must be in matching sets that actually produce the lifelessness of a retail showroom. Proportion should be a priority in every room along with scale and balance in furniture and accessories. Several pieces of oversize furniture overcrowd a small room with a low ceiling unduly while a low buffet and a small, delicate dining table give a large room with a soaring ceiling an air of emptiness.
Big retailers who draw customers with slick TV commercials and colorful ads are not the best or only options. Consignment shops or antiquary markets sometimes stock unique pieces in good condition. With a little refurbishment, second-hand furniture pieces can be great budget savers. Inexpensive accessories can bring new life to old furnishings. New sofa pillows, a new bed cover, or a new table runner can change and refresh furniture appearance without undue expense. It may not be necessary to rip fixtures out for remodeling. New paint and a set of new doorknobs can restore drab kitchen cabinets to look fresh and nearly new. Inexpensive drapes and a coat of paint can revive a room to make old furniture look much better.
For new home buyers with ideas of how to furnish and decorate their homes there are some atypical shopping spots. In the spring and summer, they can find some good buys at yard, garage, or rummage sales that can be gold mines for second-hand furnishings. Last summer a white wicker bench sold at a yard sale for only six dollars where a new one would cost at least $150.00. Saturday mornings are the best times for garage sales. Newspapers list garage sales in their classified ad sections. In metropolitan areas, Craigslist.org postings can save new home owners lots of money. Furnishings are easy to find because the website categorizes and dates all listings.Jason Kane is an avid décor blogger for Superior Table Pads. In addition to blogging, he enjoys fine wine and helping his friends decorate their homes.