(Closed) New house – what to furnish first?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: What to furnish first?
    Furnish the room you'll use the most first : (36 votes)
    72 %
    Make do with what you have and furnish the empty rooms first : (10 votes)
    20 %
    I have another suggestion : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    My advice would be to start with the things you have. Take you time to figure out how you want your new place to be and don’t rush it. My husband and I bought our house two years ago and we still are not done furnishing. And some things we did early we are now regretting.

    Post # 4
    14977 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d buy whatever you’d get the most enjoyment and use out of first.  Even if a room is empty, if you don’t plan to use it, what’s the point of rushing to furniish it.

    For us, it was the main living room, and a computer area for him.  Then we filled in other rooms as necessary.  We didn’t furnish our dining room for 3 years!… heck, tehre were still unpackd boxes in it for a good 2 years probably.

    Post # 5
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Keep the couch for now. From experience, closing/moving into a new house is so expensive that I would hold on for any big purchase (like a couch) until all is said and done, and prioritize the rooms in terms of what you will actually use. If you don’t have an urgent need for a formal living room/guest bedroom/etc, just let them be 

    Post # 6
    5106 posts
    Bee Keeper

    MsGinkgo :  I think you should get the bedroom done first if you don’t have a bed. If that’s not the case, wait and see how much extra money you have at the end of closing. Then I would wait and shop around. I’m going to go opposite of everyone else because  I personally hate our couch too and really would want to buy that first.

    That said, don’t rush because if you’re like me, I’m not very good at putting rooms togehter, I would need time to think about colors and what is best and what we could afford.

    Post # 7
    2595 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

    If it’s an issue furnishing empty rooms or replacing existing furniture, I’m guessing it’s coming down to cost. Honestly, I would spend decent money on a peice that I will use all the time. Invest in a nice couch or sectional if that’s what you’ll primarily be using. Then for the other stuff, empty rooms would drive me crazy, so look on sites like freecycle to get used peices for free, or sites like LetGo for bargains, or even scope out estate sales. I got a beautiful wood bed frame with a headboard for $20 at an estate sale, so all I did was buy a new mattress(ew I can’t even think about buying used mattress) and that was it! Some things that you buy used may have some wear and tear. If you’re handy you can refinish peices, if not you can live with it until you can afford to replace it.

    Post # 8
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I also try to start with my bedroom when moving, because waking up in a not yet decorated bedroom kind of sets the tone for the day. Everything seems possible when your bedroom is an oasis of calm you know? From there I would go with rooms you use the most/ spend the most time in.

    Post # 9
    2009 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would move everything into the new house and not purchase anything new for a month (unless you ABSOLUTELY cannot live without it). We just bought a new house about 2 months ago (still furnishing!) and it will amaze you how many things you change your mind on once you start living in the space and deciding how you want to use it. 

    ie- you may decide that you want to use the downstairs family room as the office instead of the T.V room, because that would work better. OR you want to use it as a big dining area for entertaining, etc.

    I would also suggest just shopping around for sales and good quality pieces, not necessairly going room by room. For instance, if you find a great price on a dining room table that you want…GET IT. Don’t overlook the dining room section because right now you’re focusing on the living room. I think it takes a bit more time doing it this way, but in the end you end up with more furniture that you love and really works with your space, versus what you saw the day you went furniture shopping.

    personal note: we bought a couch, 2 chairs, an end table and a coffee table for our formal living room right when we moved in. Now I wish i bought something entirely different, now seeing how we use the room. What we have is gorgeous, but the flow of the room would be so much better if I had purchased different pieces. 

    Post # 10
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    MsGinkgo :  I voted to make use of what you have first but furnish the rooms you use the most first.  Obivously the bedroom would be first priority – not necessarily buy a whole new bedroom set, but you can probably get away with just a bed and keeping clothes in the closet for now.

    I would then furnish the family room, or whatever room you plan on relaxing and watching tv in.  That room would get a lot of use.

    (Sorry if I’m misunderstanding you post on what furniture you actually have).  Once you move into your house, your mind may change on what kind of furniture you want.  My friend bought a big sectional for her family room, only to discover she thought she had more space for it so it’s too big for the room.  She wishes she had bought a couch and loveseat instad.

    Post # 11
    9341 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    We didn’t really go by rooms. We just made of list of our “must have” statement pieces that we basically plan the rest of each room around. So for our living room, that meant our sectional and giant RH trunk/coffee table. For our bedroom, the bed. For our office, a distressed library card cabinet. And so on. The rest of the pieces then trickled in (and are still trickling in!) as we find them.

    Post # 12
    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We had a bunch of stuff, but we replaced much of the cheaper ikea stuff when we moved in to our home. We started with the few things that we really wanted (for me it was a new entertainment center) and then just kind of found good deals on craigslist or goodwill or flea markets for other stuff that we liked. I’d say, in general, that we did focus more on the rooms that we used more though. 

    Post # 13
    4231 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    When Darling Husband and I bought our condo, our ‘plan of attack’ was to fill in the gaps with what we didn’t own first, and then work our way back around upgrading the stuff we already owned.

    Post # 14
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Darling Husband and I bought a house in February and are still in the process of furnishing it.  We were able to fill most of the rooms, and made sure our bedroom made sense (though, we’re rearranging still !!).  Though the rooms are not completely finished, they are not as much as a prioritiy than the main living area and kitchen space are.  When we have friends over, this is what they see most of, and was important to me that these rooms were done first.  That said, we just bought a couch (though we had old worn in ones before) and are planning on painting soon.  It’s a process, and don’t rush anything, because it’ll change. Getting used to the house and it’s functions will change over time, and you want to make sure it all fits the way YOU want it to. We worked with what we had and made upgrades in order of priority.

    A house is more of a permanent space than renting an apartment – make sure it’s right! 🙂 Good LUCK! 


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