Take stock of your new home with these 5 solid furniture investments!
As a new homeowner, it is important to evaluate the usefulness and condition of your current furnishings. Take the time to review what you are going to need for your new space then check this list to see if any items are a priority. Whatever you do, do not skimp on these 5 pieces which set the foundation for the rest of your home.
Mattress: Although your home has many new rooms that you cannot wait to add furnishings to, make sure to invest in a good mattress first and foremost. The bed frame itself can come later if necessary, but a decent nights’ sleep should not. So head out to the stores, kick off your shoes, and lie down on as many beds for as long as it takes to find the one that is right for both of you.
Couch: A great couch is a must have for any household. Shop around for a couch that fits your space in size, color, and texture. Pillow back sofas are great for family rooms as you can curl up in them. However, they are not practical for a more formal living space as they are uncomfortable for guests to sit on properly. Look for a couch that is equally comfortable as it is visually appealing and keep in mind the quality of fabric for future stains, wear, and tear.
Ottoman: Extra seating is a must in any household, especially if you are planning a house warming party. Invest in an ottoman that doubles as your coffee table or hides under a console table when not in use. Though choosing the right fabric is important, keep in mind that an ottoman is one of the easiest and cheapest items in the home to slipcover or reupholster.
Armoire: An armoire can fit into many different rooms in the house and offer solutions to a myriad of storage needs. You can hide your TV, clothes, paperwork, china, and more in an armoire. The most important aspect to take into account is its size and overall measurements. Do not purchase an armoire that overpowers the space. Instead, look for one that blends into a corner or wall and goes relatively unnoticed.
Dining Table: If you have space for a table in the kitchen and a dining room, get a dining room set first. Although you may prefer to eat all of your meals in the kitchen as a couple, there should always be room for company to join you. By investing in a dining table with a leaf, you allow yourself the opportunity to invite friends and family over to your new digs. Also note the style of chairs that come with the table and make sure they are as comfortable and versatile as you want them to be (i.e. cushions versus slip covered versus wood).
Armed with the right knowledge, you can confidently head out to shop for the right items for you. Remember that while your home is a big investment, so are your core furnishings, as they set the initial tone for the rest of your space to come.