Agh so much of our furniture from the old house doesn’t quite fit in the new. It’s sad not to have Mum’s dressing table in my bedroom and gutting to say goodbye to my cast iron bed frame. The kids rooms are overflowing with books and ornaments because the bookshelves we had in our Victorian home are too tall for our country cottage.
Moving into a new home is an exciting time. It’s a time to spend figuring out new decoration arrangements, planning a new furniture layout and creating a brand new home for yourself. However, if you’re moving from rented into a new property or a smaller home into a larger one, then there’s a good chance that you’ll have to think about buying new furniture.
Furniture isn’t the most expensive investment you can make in your home (that honour would probably go to home improvements) but there’s no denying that it costs a lot of money to get a full set of furniture and decor to furnish your new home. Living rooms need chairs, sofas, television stands, shelves, bookcases just to feel homely–there’s a lot to think about, even if you’re going for a minimalistic look. You need invest quite a substantial amount of money to make a new house feel like a home.
It can be daunting to think about investing even more money into your interior, there are actually many good reasons why you should saving up more of your cash or even digging into your savings can be a smart decision.
- Cheap furniture falls apart quickly
Flatpack furniture has always had a reputation for being economical but it’s not always sturdy or durable. Unless you want to be replacing furniture every few years, it’s wise to get something more sturdy and durable. We started with a lot of flat pack as a couple in our first flat, and spent the next few years swiftly replacing it. It dates really quickly too.
Of course, there are some things that make sense to go flat-packed for. A shelf is essentially just a plank of wood or a slab of glass that is attached to a wall, so you can’t go wrong. However, when it comes to buying a durable sofa (something you might use every day), you’re going to want to invest a bit more money than usual. Things that get heavy daily use like chairs and dining tables deserve a bit of extra love too.
- Budget for interiors as part of a new home for life
Investing money into a mortgage and owning a home is a huge and exciting step forward. However, buyers often invest so much into their new house, but forget to budget so that their gorgeous new home is also well-furnished. I remember sitting in our very first, newly-bought flat in London, with barely any furniture. It was a very strange, empty feeling indeed at first. Of course we drowned that feeling in champagne and got on with the furniture shopping, but our credit cards were maxed out for a while. That was the glorious days of endless 0% balance transfers, but there is nothing comparable for today’s first time buyers.
- You want your new home to feel new
Sometimes a new start calls for new furniture. For the first time in our lives we are living in a cottage, rather than the high ceilinged Victorian properties which were our two previous homes. The proportions are so different. So many pictures and bookcases are just too tall, slanting hayloft bedrooms and narrow corridors make it impossible to get large items in.
If you want to save money, sell your old furniture as you move out and use that money to fund your new interior. Buying a home is a huge motivational boost, continue that liberating feeling by making everything in your home fresh and new. Do something bold and adventurous with your decorating scheme. Break out of that comfort zone and try something different with your new place.
- There’s a problem with investing too much
Value is usually in the eye of the beholder, but you can take an objective approach to deciding if something is worth your money or not as well. There’s a huge difference between a £199 three-seater sofa you can buy from a non-descript furniture store or brand and a £1,299 sofa (assuming they’re the same size). However, getting sofa worth £9,999 (again, same size) doesn’t mean you’re going to get something 7-8 times better than the £1,299.
The law of diminishing returns. There will come a point where your money stops going toward the construction, quality and materials used in a furniture purchase, and you’ll start paying for the “brand tax”. So in short, investing more money is fantastic if you want more sturdy furniture, but there is a point where you need to consider diminishing returns and realize when you’re paying more for a brand name than quality.
Are you moving or have you moved recently? What new furniture did you invest in?