If you have just moved into a new apartment with the help of an online estate agent with a few friends, or perhaps your new fiancé, congratulations! The feeling of being in a new, exciting environment with friends new or old can be an exhilarating experience. Yes, there are a lot of logistical things to keep in mind, but this is an opportunity to build a new life and create new memories with people that, under ideal circumstances, you care about enough to move in with.
That said, one of the things you want to keep in mind is how you are going to fill out all that empty space. A blank canvas can be daunting, and obviously you are going to want the best pieces of furniture available to sit in, lounge on, eat on, and generally admire.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at a few key things to consider while you fill out your house with attractive and functional furnishings.
Know your Budget
If you cannot afford a pure maple wood dresser to hang your suits or dresses in, then there is no point in fantasising much about one, or browsing the catalogues to look for something like that, is there? Ideally, when factoring in rent and moving costs, you will have already budgeted for how much furniture you think you will need and how much you can afford to spend on it. This is a purely practical, not necessarily fun consideration but an essential one nonetheless, which brings us to the second point…
Look for the Steals
They are everywhere: on Craigslist, during holiday sales, at flea markets, or perhaps even on your curb side and just because something is cheap or even free does not mean it is necessarily going to be poor quality. There are people that sometimes get rid of high-priced items for no good reason, and you will find them readily giving things away because they cannot be bothered to go to a dump to get rid of it. There might even be furniture that is undesirable to others for whatever reason waiting at your mum’s house, or that a friend is trying to get rid of. Do not leave any nook or cranny unexplored.
Understand your Style and how it can fit in your Space
Knowing what colours and designs you and your housemates enjoy will go a long way to making you happy with your furniture decisions. Communicating tastes with others and coordinating this in the space you will living in is also key; some items may be nice, but may just not fit with the vibe, or it may not mesh with the colour theme, so it just does not work. Consider the context of what you and your housemates like for what the house offers.
Test it out
If you are buying anything with springs or cushions, like a bed or a sofa, you will definitely want to test out both how comfortable it feels now while also trying to gauge its long-term viability. Typically, the firmer the bed or cushion, the more durable it is over time (it doesn’t just go to mush after a few months).