Furnishing your home can be a highly planned, very expensive activity, or it can be something that happens in a rather haphazard way over time.
Most people when they first set up home don’t have a lot of cash. Family and friends will often kindly give you their cast off home furniture, you buy what you can afford, and then one day you find that you just have a mish mash of styles and colours which doesn’t actually reflect your taste.
While a family is growing up then buying fancy furniture is not a priority, but there comes a stage when the birds have flown the nest, perhaps you’ve moved to a smaller house, and one person turns to the other and says, “We need brand new furniture.”
Choosing what’s right for you
Buying furniture is a major expense, so it deserves some thought, especially if you are furnishing an entire house. It pays to spend time online and in local stores looking to see what’s available. You’ll probably have a fairly settled idea of styles that you like. Perhaps you favor clean, cool contemporary colors and shapes, or maybe you yearn for English Country House style. If you don’t have a fixed idea of what kind of furniture you’d like, there are many style magazines, books and online sites to give you plenty of ideas.
Plan your furniture according to your lifestyle
Don’t just rush out and buy the first things you see, or buy what other people have. Consider the way you live. For example, if you always eat in front of the TV with a tray on your lap, and never entertain, why would you want a big dining table? Perhaps someone in your family is sick or elderly, in which case, furnishing a really comfortable bedroom for that person will be important, making it a room where people can spend time and keep the person company. Maybe you are an avid reader, in which case, you might want a library rather than a TV room, or you might even turn your main living space into a model railway layout, if that’s your thing!
Make a list of how you use your home. The way you live will dictate the home furniture you put into it. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional – design magazines such as “World of Interiors” will quickly show you that many of the most beautiful homes are entirely individual and break all the normal rules.
Good sources for home furniture
Don’t limit your search for home furniture to conventional stores. Auctions are a wonderful place to find unusual and good value pieces. Second hand stores and charity shops often have amazing bargains, and it’s fun to seek out very unique items which will reflect your own personal style and make your home look very special. Places like ebay and Craig’s List are also a must for the home furniture buyer on a budget.