10 Tips for Buying New Home Furniture

Lydia Schapiro
Written by Lydia Schapiro
Updated December 22, 2021
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Decorating your new home is incredibly exciting, so it can be tempting to start purchasing furniture left and right. However, if you don’t make a plan first, you could miss out on ways to make your space that much more beautiful. By following the tips below, you can make your home furniture project as stress-free as possible

1. Measure Your Spaces

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Getting dimensions for the rooms you’re going to fill is crucial. After all, you don’t want to purchase the perfect couch, only to find out it’s way too big for your living room. Plus, if you try just to eyeball it, you may end up buying furniture that doesn’t fit the space, resulting in you paying more for transportation and delivery costs.

Make sure you also measure your doorways and hallways before bringing in any large items. It’s not a great feeling to lug a huge item up each of your steps just to find that it doesn’t fit through the doorway. 

You can also get the dimensions of the entire room and create blueprints and plans for yourself. Using tape to outline the sizes of your furniture is also a good way to stay organized and create a plan.

2. Get Inspiration

Since not all of us are interior decorating wizards, we may need some decorating help from time to time. You can use various tools to get inspiration for your new home furniture, including social media, magazines, and photos from furniture companies. 

You can also turn to other homeowners for inspiration. It can be helpful to actually go into someone else’s home and look at the way they’ve set up their furniture. You may find a new way to set up your bedroom—or a layout you know you want to avoid.

Another option is to hire a local interior designer to help you figure out what works best for your space and to guide you through the process.

3. Look at Multiple Furniture Styles

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If you’re doing an entire home redecoration, you may not know about all the types and styles of furniture at your fingertips. It can be tempting to purchase furniture on a whim, but you don’t want to miss out on styles you may not have ever considered. 

For instance, you may think you want a modern home until doing a little research and finding that antique furniture is perfect for you. From jacobean to colonial, there are many options when looking at all the different furniture styles, and you don’t know exactly what you like until you do your research.

4. Go Green

If you’re trying to up your sustainability at home, consider buying eco-friendly furniture. Furniture made from sustainably harvested or recycled materials is a great step in reducing your carbon footprint. 

Just beware of greenwashing here, or marketing practices that lead you to believe a piece is more sustainable than it actually is in reality. Do your research and ask lots of questions before making a purchase.

5. Don’t Buy Everything at Once

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Buying all of your furniture at the same time may seem like the most efficient and easiest choice. After all, who wouldn’t want to have their whole home furnished on the same day? However, this strategy might be a mistake. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by making that many decisions at once. Instead, a better option is to focus on one room at a time. This way, you can curate a style for each room, going piece by piece. Be sure to keep a log of what you’ve already purchased, too, so you’ll be sure not to double-buy and that the whole look goes together.

6. Prioritize High-Traffic Spaces

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Instead of tackling everything at once, try starting with high-priority areas that get the most use. If you eat at the dinner table every night, this is one piece you’ll want to add to your shopping cart first if possible. If you’re not a fan of sleeping on the floor, then you should also probably prioritize your bed frame and mattress. 

The opposite is true of low-use spaces. Sure, you want to have a cozy space for guests to stay, but if you’re not anticipating visitors for a while, keep that lower on your list.

7. Set a Budget

Setting a price limit is a great way to narrow your options and have a more organized plan.

According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost to furnish a home is $16,000. Home furnishing can cost as little as $3,500 and as much as $95,000 on average. Your budget will depend on how much you’re willing to spend and the specific type of furniture you’re purchasing. 

For instance, sofas, TV stands, and chairs tend to be more pricey pieces of furniture, while floor lamps and bookshelves are on the more inexpensive side. Look into the average prices of each and try to land on a reasonable total before you purchase anything. If you’re struggling to stick to your budget, remember; you don’t have to purchase everything right now.

8. Make a Wish List

Do you want a mattress that will keep you cool? How about a couch that easily flips into a bed? If you have specific asks for your furniture beyond budget and dimensions, make these known, especially to anyone who is shopping with you. Armed with this knowledge, you can narrow down your search and avoid falling in love with pieces that don’t meet your needs.

9. Look for Sales

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If you’re struggling to stay on budget, don’t be afraid to pause your search and wait for sales, especially on furniture that you don’t need right away. Chances are, a holiday sale is right around the corner, and delaying your purchase by just a little can save you some serious cash.

10. Narrow Down a Color Palette

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While each room of your home may look slightly different, you may not want to choose a bright green couch in an open floor plan leading to a hot pink table. Determine the overall vibe of your home’s decor and choose a broad color palette. If any rooms deviate from this in a major way (say, your kids’ rooms or a basement dedicated to a favorite sports team), no worries. It’s just better to look at your home as a whole before determining what colors fit the best.

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