Quick advice for furnishing your new home

Quick advice for furnishing your new home

If you’ve just moved into your new home and want to jump straight into giving your open spaces that splash of personality that comes with furnishing, we know how tough it can be if you’re having to stretch a relatively low budget. Whilst some areas, like a spare room, can be put on hold as they aren’t a pressing concern, others need to be furnished quickly in order for you to be able to effectively continue with your everyday life. It’s a given that your bedroom, living room and dining area are tough to do without, so if you’re looking to decorate these areas without splashing too much cash, check out our handy tips.

Buy used

New furniture can be very expensive, however if you buy used prices are generally more affordable. The one problem with used furniture however, is that some of it can be dreadfully tasteless and more suited to a skip than your house. Despite it often being tough to find tasteful options for furnishing and decorating, it is possible to pick up items for next to nothing. Check out our blog post on Flat Broke Furnishing if picking up freebies and second hand items sounds like a suitable option for you. Alternatively, browse eBay, Gumtree and other auction sites for bargains to incorporate into your home.

Buying packages

Furniture can be expensive to buy, and we know just how big a headache balancing a budget can be when you need a number of pricey and sizeable items. Fortunately, some retailers also understand that and are able to offer you a solution. Shop around and make sure that you make the most of the diversity of your local area. Don’t be suckered in by the big  brand names – chain stores might be convenient as a ‘one stop shop’ destination, however they don’t always offer the best value or craftmanship.

Revamp

It might be the case that in the process of moving, you’ve acquired some old furniture that is serviceable in your new place, but just needs a bit of a revamp to make it fit for purpose. Simple things such as painting wooden furniture or giving them a coat of oil, replacing knobs, and re-covering chairs can all breathe new life into the items. Moving the position of items of furniture within a room can also make a difference, and can give an object a completely fresh look.

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Christmas tableware

Christmas tableware

To some, the Christmas dinner is the focal point of the big day. To others however, preparing a huge dinner for a large family, along with the other rigours of the day and being constantly scrutinised by your guests is just one big nightmare. It might not be something you’re instantly worried about, but creating that special meal means nothing if you serve it to special guests on a tray in front of the TV with no special crockery or cutlery. Make sure your first Christmas dinner in the new home is one that goes smoothly, and take a look at our guide to presenting your meal impressively to any guests.

Crockery

If you’re entertaining guests this Christmas, and are going to the expense and effort of preparing dinner on a mass scale, the last thing you want to be doing is plating up your masterpiece on an assortment of mismatched plates that aren’t big enough to hold your vast range of prepared foods. Although you probably don’t want to be investing in new pots and plates solely for use over the festive period, if you buy smartly you’ll gain possession of some best crockery that can be brought out for the special occasion and to wow guests at any point in the year.

Cutlery

If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas, there is no better time to whip out your very best silver cutlery than during the festive period. Adding some stylish, traditional cutlery will help to add the perfect finish to your festive table. They will also help to add a sense of special occasion to your meal, as you will be using your very best dinnerware items for a wonderful meal with family and friends.

Presentation

It’s unavoidable that come mid afternoon on Christmas day, everyone will have overeaten. If you’re playing host, that means you need to prepare an absolute feast for your guests, as they’ll definitely expect to eat like a king. With so many meat and vegetable options for the big day, you’ll need a regimen of serving bowls, rather than having to embarrassingly go through the process of plating up everyone’s individual meals. Similarly to the crockery situation, try not to have a mix and match situation as it’ll go some way to ruining the other Christmas decorations you opt for on the table.

Table decorations

Napkins, crackers and other festive accessories are great additions to your festive table. We all know that you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to Christmas crackers, and whilst it may be easy to fob off immediate family with a pack of three tiny screwdrivers, if you have a large group coming you may feel obliged to push the boat out that little bit further. If you want to tailor the prizes to your party guests, check out the vast range on offer at department stores like John Lewis.

 

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