The cost to furnish a house will depend on your budget, the size of the property, and your personal taste. As any seasoned homeowner will know, buying a property is expensive. With the down payment and closing costs taking priority, it’s no surprise that furnishings are often an after-thought.
But what are the essential items and how much should you be spending?
Nobody likes to think about all these extra costs, but planning ahead will ensure that you don’t end up with a sleeping bag on your first night at home.
Here is a no-nonsense guide on how much you can expect to spend when furnishing a house from scratch.
Living Room Furniture
Most people spend the majority of their time in the living room, so seating options such as sofas are one of the most important pieces of furniture here. Other essentials include coffee tables, TV stands, and accent chairs.
When buying furniture for the living room, think about the size of the living room and how many pieces of furniture you will need.
- Sofas cost between $1000 – $3000 for mid-range pieces and over $5000 for higher-end designs
- Coffee tables range from $200 – $400
- Side chairs are on average $200 – $600
- TV stands go for around $70 – $300
Sofas are often considered investment pieces and often come with a higher price tag in comparison to other items. This can often lead people to stagger their purchases, when in fact, buying furniture in bulk can come with some surprising cost savings.
Dining Room Furniture
This will generally come down to how many people are in your household and whether you enjoy hosting regular dinner parties. To furnish a room, the key pieces of furniture are the dining table and dining chairs.
Expect to pay between $200 – $800 for a budget dining table, and $1500 – $4000 for a mid-range piece. Dining chairs can be as low as $100 apiece to upwards of $1000 if you want to splash the cash.
The bed is no doubt the most essential piece of furniture for the bedroom. But the types of furniture that should also be included on the list are the nightstands, drawers, and closet. Here is a list to give you a rough idea of furniture prices for the bedroom:
- Mattresses are generally between $500 – $1500 for a good quality piece
- Bed frames are $100 – $350 for a budget frame and can go beyond $1500 for custom made ones
- Nightstands range between $150 – $350 per piece
- Drawers start from $100 all the way up to $2000 for a good quality set
- Closets are between $1000 to $3000 on the lower end and can go higher than $6000 for high-end brands
Also research well in advance for the larger pieces of bedroom furniture, as these items may have longer delivery times. Ordering early will ensure that you’re not without furnishings when you finally move in.
Furnish a House on a Budget
It’s easy to get sucked into a shopping frenzy when you start to furnish a house, but it’s important to set yourself a budget. This can help you avoid going into debt or overstretching your finances so that you can spend more time enjoying your new home.
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