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January 23, 2008

7 essential pieces of furniture for your first home

Filed under: house — Tags: , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

Grace’s furniture signFollowing on from thinking about how to plan moving out of home and my admission the other day of a house magazine buying problem, I thought it might be interesting to share my list of essentials for furnishing a home. Sadly, most of these are borne from bitter experience.

I’ve also included some basic prices for brand new cheap versions of these, you might have luck with free/second-hand, but then, you might not.

  1. A bed – and now that I’m old, I’ve got to say that I’d never go back to a single bed (£100)
  2. A sofa with arms – and I know that this is essential because I’ve lived without a sofa, and currently have one without arms. Both situations suck. (£90)
  3. A table that you can eat from – it saves on laundry. I’ve lost count of the times that I have spilled all my dinner down me whilst sitting on the sofa in my old flat (no table) (£20)
  4. A chair that you can sit on to eat dinner – see above. This set up is also handy for blogging (£10)
  5. A wardrobe/closet – I don’t iron, so if my clothes aren’t hanging up they get creased and then I look a mess. These do not necessarily come as standard in British homes (£30)
  6. A bedside table – countless reasons why you use them, they’re also cheap. I think it’s better to get one with a drawer, you don’t necessarily want everything in view (£10)
  7. Window coverings in at least one room – you need somewhere to get changed where you won’t be frightening the neighbours children (£15)

The total price tag for people that can’t do mental arithmetic that quickly is £275 (approx $550).

What do you think? What are your essential pieces of furniture? Have I missed anything off? Let me know in the comments.

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