I am by no means a first home expert, but one of my sweet readers asked me to put together a post on things we needed when we bought our first home including great places to get furniture.
One piece of advice(that I wish I would have listened to), start small – get necessities first and then fill in. Your first home doesn’t have to be perfect on day one. We have lived in our first home for 1.5 years and still have two rooms that aren’t completely done yet and that is ok!
A little more advice: start by trying to figure out your style. Look at Pinterst, search in the Liketoknow.it app, and browse websites. Get a firm budget in mind and try to really focus on the focal points, you will always have time to pick up finishing touches. Using Canva to mock up furniture is a great way to help your color schemes come to life before you even spend a dime!
Favorite Places For Furniture:
Getting furniture and appliance for your first home is expensive, and for most of us we are on a budget. Everyone has a different idea of how much they want to spend so I will give you a few of the places we shopped at along with some tips. A lot of them were local so try checking your local equivalents if that makes sense 🙂
Target: You can find so many great and well made pieces that won’t break the bank. That way 5 years from now when you are more established you won’t feel bad replacing them. Some of the things we got at Target include our bar stools, console table, wall decor, a white bench, outdoor table set, and other misc. pieces.
Lowes: You can also find tons of great things, especially rugs, at Lowes. One thing a lot of people don’t know is they have a whole section of 8×10 rugs that are under $200(ours is linked here)! Great quality rugs that will last and a lot of different colors and varieties. All in all, they have a lot of amazing rugs to pick form in all sizes that are more affordable than even Target or Overstock.
Galleria Furniture Outlet: We were able to get our couch (which is huge) for such a great price. They have all furniture, sets, and even wall décor for incredible prices. They really try to get you on delivery and assembly so try to get a few of your pieces at the same place or pick them up yourselves. They also have a section for things that are ‘slightly damaged or discontinued’ and you can find some great deals in there!
Ashley Furniture / Mathis Brothers: Like Galleria, they also have a room full of slightly damaged, aged out, discontinued things. You can find some really great pieces at great prices with a scratch you can easily fix yourself. They also have great deals on bedroom suites which is where we got ours and some affordable coffee and console tables.
Home Goods / At Home: We were able to find great décor pieces, pillows, and even some furniture at both of these places. You can get pretty inexpensive pieces some are great quality too! We found our two leather chairs for our reading nook here for under $100 each!
Big Lots, Burkes Outlet, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Amazon are a few other great places to find inexpensive furniture, home décor, rugs, and more. Be sure to read reviews and look at the return policy. I find that they can often be a hit or miss but sometimes you find HUGE hits!