If you’re a first home buyer preparing to move into your own home, there’s lots to consider. From the art on the walls to the blinds covering your windows, you finally have the opportunity to personalise the space the you live in! Keep reading for a few handy tips and home furnishing ideas to turn your first house into a home.
Tips for furnishing your first home
Start with the essentials
As a first home buyer, chances are you’re probably working on a shoestring budget! Rather than furnishing your first home all in one go, work towards buying or acquiring the essentials first. Everything else on your new home checklist can come later.
For your living areas, a couch and a couple of bar stools or chairs will come in handy before you settle on a dining set. As for the bedroom, it’s pretty important to make sure you’ve got a bed (at the very least, a mattress) set up so that you can get a good night’s sleep. Blinds or curtains can also be pretty important to protect your privacy and prevent light from entering your home at night.
Don’t forget that there are plenty of options before you head to a high-end homewares store. You can find secondhand home furnishings from places such as Gumtree, local garage sales, Facebook Marketplace and charity shops, to name a few!
From couches and electronics to crockery and custom artwork, you’ll be surprised at what you can pick up for a bargain price.
As appealing as it may be to buy cheap furniture, it’s important to remember there’s a reason why the prices are so low: it’s not made to last! Rather than spending precious dollars on furnishings that you’ll just need to replace a few months down the track, invest in quality pieces that come with warranties.
Buying new home blinds
Do I need blinds and curtains?
Been wondering whether or not you even need blinds or curtains in your new home? To that, we say yes! With the right blinds and curtains installed in your home, you can enjoy privacy, control the levels of light, regulate the indoor temperature, and even reduce your energy bills.
How to purchase
When it comes to buying blinds for your first house, you have two options: buy in store, or buy DIY blinds online. Luckily for you, you can do both with ABC!
Select products in our range are available online if you’d like to have your new blinds or shutters delivered to your door. The only catch is, you need to install them yourself. If that sounds like too much of a hassle, simply arrange a free measure and quote with our team or visit a showroom for in-person advice on the right products for your home.
Things to consider:
1. Where will the blinds be installed?
With so many different styles available on the market, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. To make your decision easier, determine which rooms require blinds and how the blinds need to function in these rooms.
For example, blockout blinds such as roller blinds or Roman blinds are a great choice for the bedroom, as they block out outside light and ensure a better night’s sleep! Click to find out more about the best blinds for your bedroom, the best blinds for your kitchen, or the best blinds for your living room.
2. How do you need the blinds to function?
The benefits of installing window blinds or curtains can include light control, privacy, energy-efficient, UV protection, glare control AND temperature control. While we’d love to say that you can get all of these benefits from one blind, you’ll need to choose a blind based on a key benefit.
Check out this blog to determine the best blinds for your room, or follow our quick and easy guide below.
- For sliding doors: Vertical blinds or sliding plantation shutters.
- For unusually shaped windows: Shutters or curtains.
- For allergies: Linen curtains.
- For privacy: Blockout rollers, blockout Romans or double roller blinds.
- For light control: Vertical blinds, sheer curtains and roller blinds.
- For safety: Shutters (although all of our products have child-safety devices to ensure they meet international child safety standards).
3. Where are the windows positioned?
Before choosing windows furnishings, be sure to check the orientation of your windows as the position can affect the amount of sunlight that comes through throughout the day. If you have west or east facing windows, these windows will bear the full brunt of the sun, so it’s worth investing in insulating window treatments such as blockout blinds or curtains.
Want to tick blinds or curtains off your new home checklist? Give us a call us on 13 13 15, visit one of our Perth showrooms or arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home.
All of our blinds, curtains and awnings are made in Australia and are sold for the lowest prices in the market, guaranteed. Just bring in a quote on any competitor’s comparable item and we’ll beat it by 5%!