How furnished was your home when you bought a house?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

No time at all as FH and I already had full households – we threw a TON of stuff away! Plus relatives are constantly giving us furniture. Relatives, yard sales, and thrift shops are great places to pick up furniture cheap. DO buy a new mattress though.

Post # 4
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We were lucky as we received a TON of furniture from famly… our parents had both just bought new stuff and gave us the old (bedroom set, living room set, kitchen table), so that was great.  I picked up some used bookcases off of kijiji for dirt cheap and in great condition, so I would recommend that route for some items you need.

The nice thing is that even if you buy some cheap/used furniture now, you can always sell it if/when you replace it with something else down the road. 

Post # 6
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our flat wasn’t furnished, FI had to lay carpet and the kitchen floor. We had funiture from previously renting and family. 

Post # 7
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We moved from a 1 bedroom apt, so only had furniture for a few rooms. We just recently (after 2 years) got a dining room table.

It is perfectly fine to take your time. It is much easier to paint, clean, and do things like get new carpet/flooring without furniture.

Post # 8
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had everything except guest room furniture. But, we bought when we were more “established” – at ages 29 and 35. Being in the San Fran area also meant we didn’t get a huge house – 2 bedroom is the norm here, and ours is “big” b/c it’s 1600 sq ft, but that’s super small for most of the US. So, there wasn’t a ton of room to expand into vs a lot of people who go from an apartment to a 2000 sq ft” house.

Post # 9
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Between FI and me, we had enough to live with.  I had a bedroom set and office set, he had a dining and breakfast set and a living room set.  We had one spare bed for a guest room.  We moved in to our house 9 months ago and it’s not any more furnished now.  We have 3 empty bedrooms (lazy to spend money on them and we don’t have kids or guests right now).  We are in the middle of getting new living room furniture (nice quality, long term pieces).  We had to buy a TV when we moved in, but that was it.  We don’t really have plans to “finish” furnishing.  As we redo our current rooms, the old furniture will get moved to the basement and used there. We plan to do the nursery next and move the other guest rooms up with the kiddos.  I doubt we’ll ever be fully finished!

Post # 10
12884 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had his bed, dresser and a night stand for the bedroom.  And a couch and lazy boy.  And a small dining table.  It’s been 3 years now, and we just got a ‘real’ dining table and buffet for the dining room.  It took about 8 months to get a the living room set up.

This is what it was like for a while:

Post # 11
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We had a decent amount of furniture, although we upgraded our bedroom set and kitchen appliances after we moved in. My cousin is giving me a second dining set that we’re putting in the dining room (our current set is in the kitchen), while we bought a grandfather clock off Craigslist for cheap. We’re slowly but steadily filling our home. 🙂

Post # 12
2256 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We moved across the country into our new house last December, bringing only what could fit in our Prius. We bought a mattress right away and just put it on the floor. We bought a couple folding chairs, and to make a table bought a couple sawhorses and a piece of plywood. That in total was all the furniture in our house for about 6 months! After saving up some money, we finally have started accumulating furniture last month. Ikea is my new obsession – cheap and nice! 

Before – not our furniture….

After – still a work in progress – the fireplace is the next task!

Post # 13
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

We close at the end of the month and we’re in a similar situation. We’ve been in a one bedroom apartment for the last few years, and we’re moving into a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. So, there’s going to be a lot of empty space when we move in for a little while too. Doesn’t bother me much. It’ll probably take a year or two to get everything.

Post # 14
6467 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@sweetchiquita12:  We only had our bed, dresser and a dining room table and chairs, bookshelf and small tv to watch movies. Mostly everything was given to us when we moved to our one bedroom apartment. Up to now, we have a desk, two more shelves, two single beds, sofa set and carpet. The only thing we bought new are the sofa sets as I am very peculiar about sofas. I think it’s ok to take your time looking for furniture and letting your friends and family know of what you need. You never know when someone comes across something you need. 

Post # 15
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My FI and I bought our house in the beginning of November, we went from living in my one bedroom townhouse to a three bedroom house.  Nothing we have is new.  Our couch is my parents old one, its about 15 years old and still kicking.  I’ve had it for about 5 years and we are in the process of looking for new living room furniture though.  Our dining room table is an antique my parents had, they remodeled so they got a new one.  Bedroom furniture is also stuff from my teenage years.  Our third bedroom is pretty much just storage until we decide to have a baby.   The other room is the computer room/library.  Slowly but surely we will start buying new furniture.  

Post # 16
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Between the two of us (both in our 30’s) we had just about everything.  The only thing we didnt have was couches for down stairs. We live in a split level upstairs had furniture downstairs needed it. We got furniture for there within 6 months of living in the house.

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