Are you setting up your first home? Not a temporary space that you are renting while in grad school or when first starting out in your career, but a real first home? If so, now is the time when you begin to think about how you want your home to look — lawn furniture in the living room, an air mattress in the bedroom, and using a spare bedsheet as a window treatment will no longer suffice.
Buying furniture for the first time can be a real adventure. There’s no doubt about it, when you first walk into a furniture store, you may be overwhelmed. There’s just so much to choose from, so many styles, and it is all beautiful. And then, what should you buy first? Everyone has a different approach. Some people go for comfort and purchase their bedroom furniture first, others go for looks and design the “public” areas of their home such as the living room or dining room.
First, explore the sea of dining room tables available. The dining room sets the stage for your future entertaining, so make sure you get the table you want. Round or rectangular are the most common shapes. Choose an option with extra leaves for extra seating, so that you can easily accommodate guests when entertaining.
Dining room sets are nice options, that way you know your table and chairs go together. But you don’t have to go that route. There are many options, and some sets even come with different chairs so that you can mix and match. Consider choosing an armchair or two for the head and foot of the table, they can also do double duty in the living room.
Second, find the perfect sofa. Your sofa will be one of the most important pieces of furniture you buy. Go for quality — solid hardwood frame and pretty, durable fabric. From there, it’s all about what suits your style. Loose back cushions create a more casual look while tight-backed couches need less maintenance. You’ll need to choose the length, skirt or no skirt, arm shape, and more.
Third, you’ll need a place to rest. Since you spend one-third of each day in bed, you should choose a bed that is well-constructed and comfortable. Most mattresses last about 8–10 years. Look for the one with the proper size and support for you. Look for a furniture store that offers the Kingsdown bedMatch system. The system uses sophisticated technology that logs data from more than 1000 scientific calculations to determine a selection of mattresses that give you perfect support.
Once you have these three main pieces of furniture, the rest will quickly fall into place. These three are the most important since they will directly influence the style and décor of your home.