Originally posted on NewHorizonHomes.ca
Buying your first condo can be a daunting and expensive process, especially if you need to buy all of your furniture from scratch. You will probably spend hours Googling for condo sofas, designer beds and browsing for kitchen utensils. It can be confusing, and budgets fly out the window.
Avoid making hasty decisions and buying unsuitable, expensive or plain ugly furniture by following these condo furniture tips for first time buyers.
Make a list of essential furniture
If you’re starting from scratch make a list of all the rooms in your condo and write down the furniture you need for each room. Be realistic about budgeting and remember that you can always ‘upgrade’ furniture at a later date.
Choose styles that work with your condo
If you’re moving into a modern condo then go for light coloured contemporary furniture and keep it minimal to help make your condo seem more spacious. Colour is essential and can really hold an interior together. Browse through interior design magazines for inspiration!
Make your furniture work harder
Every piece of furniture that isn’t essential should have at least two uses to earn its place in your new condo. If you really like that designer coffee table then go ahead and buy it – but it would be working harder if it also had storage underneath for magazines. Get the idea?
You should now have a list of really cool new furniture that all works together to give your condo real style. But make sure you measure twice before buying. A great tip is to measure sheets of paper or material on the floor so you can see how much space you will need.
Remember to budget for storage
Storage is the least exciting part of furniture shopping but it’s important that you invest in some good quality storage early on. It will give you a place to hide away clutter and stop your new condo from looking messy.
Get it right and you’ll have your dream condo in no time. Have you recently bought a cool new piece of furniture for your condo? Post it to our Facebook page!
Photo: Sherrie U. / Apartment Therapy