A must-read for moving into a new house: Furniture purchasing guide from 0 to 1

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Moving into a new home is an exciting process, but it is also full of challenges. How to choose suitable new furniture that can not only meet the functional needs but also complement the style of the home is a problem that every new homeowner needs to face. This article will start from scratch and provide you with a comprehensive furniture purchasing guide to help you easily build your ideal home.

1. Determine needs and budget

1. Make a list of essentials

Before you start furniture shopping, make a list of what you really need. Can be classified according to different rooms, such as:

2. Create a budget

Determining the budget range for each piece of furniture will help avoid overconsumption during the purchase process. Budget caps can be set for each room or item based on market research and personal finances.

How to create a budget

  1. Estimate your total budget : First, determine your total budget, which is the total amount of money you are prepared to spend on all your furniture. This can be determined based on your existing savings, income and other expenses.

  2. Allocate Budget : Allocate the total budget to each room. For example, if the total budget is 100,000 yuan, you can allocate 50,000 yuan to the living room, 30,000 yuan to the bedroom, and 20,000 yuan to the dining room.

  3. Make a Needs List : Make a list of all the furniture you need for each room. For example, the living room needs a sofa, coffee table, and TV cabinet; the bedroom needs a bed, wardrobe, and bedside tables; and the dining room needs a dining table and dining chairs.

  4. Market research : Conduct a survey of furniture prices on the market to understand the price ranges of different brands and styles. This can be done through online shopping websites, physical stores and other channels.

  5. Set a single-piece budget : Based on market research results, set a reasonable budget range for each piece of furniture. For example, you can set the budget for the sofa to be 10,000 to 20,000 yuan, and the budget for the bed to be 5,000 to 10,000 yuan.

  6. Flexible adjustment : During the actual purchase process, if the price of some furniture exceeds the budget, the total budget can be balanced by adjusting the budget of other items. For example, if you choose a higher-priced sofa, consider choosing a lower-priced coffee table to balance your budget.

  7. Consider long-term investment : Some furniture, such as beds and sofas, are for long-term use. You can increase your budget appropriately to purchase products with better quality and longer service life.

Setting a budget is an important part of purchasing furniture. Reasonable budget allocation can help you be more organized during the purchasing process, avoid unnecessary expenses, and ensure that you purchase furniture that meets your needs and expectations.

Necessities budget list (please adjust according to personal needs):

Room Furniture Type Budget range (HKD)
living room Sofa 10,000-20,000
living room coffee table 2,000-5,000
living room TV cabinet 4,000-10,000
bedroom bed 7,000-15,000
bedroom bedside table 1,000-2,000
bedroom Wardrobe 5,000-20,000
dining room tower 5,000-10,000
dining room dining chair 1,000 - 2,000 (each)
study Desks 3,000-6,000
study bookshelf 2,000-4,000

2. Key points for purchasing

1. Uniform style

When purchasing furniture, you should consider the consistency of the overall home style. For example, modern minimalist style is suitable for furniture with simple lines and single colors; Nordic style can consider furniture with wooden and light colors. A unified style can enhance the look and feel of the overall living space.

Nordic style

Unprinted style

2. Functionality and comfort

Furniture is not just decoration, it also needs to be practical. When purchasing, you should consider the functionality of the furniture, such as the telescopic TV cabinet, the comfort of the sofa, the supporting capacity of the bed, and whether the height of the dining table is appropriate, etc. At the same time, we should also pay attention to the durability and ease of maintenance of furniture.

3. Size and Space

Before purchasing, measure the dimensions of each room and make sure the size of the furniture you choose matches the space. Avoid buying furniture that is too large or too small, which will affect the layout and use of the overall space.

How to measure?

  1. Preparation tools : You will need a tape measure or laser rangefinder, a notebook and a pen.

  2. Measure room dimensions :

    1. Room Length and Width : Measure the length and width of each room, from corner to corner.
    2. Room Height : Measure the height of the room, from floor to ceiling.
    3. Door and window locations : Record door and window locations and their dimensions, which will affect furniture placement.
    4. Fixed facilities : If there are fixed facilities (such as cooking stoves, air conditioners, etc.), their location and size also need to be recorded.
  3. Measure various parts of the room :

    1. Measure the walls : Measure the length of each wall and note the dimensions of any protrusions or recesses.
    2. Measure the ceiling height : Especially if there are slopes or beams, the height of these sections will need to be measured.
  4. Mark the power plug and switch : Record the location of the power plug and switch to prevent furniture from blocking these positions and affecting daily use.

  5. Draw a floor plan : Draw the measurement results into a floor plan, indicating the dimensions of each room and the location of doors, windows, and fixed facilities. You can use graph paper or specialized home design software to create your floor plan.

  6. Determine the location of furniture :

    1. Reserve space for movement : Make sure there is enough space for movement around each piece of furniture. For example, leave at least 50-70 cm of space for walking before dressing.
    2. Movement line design : Consider the movement lines of daily activities to ensure that furniture placement will not affect normal walking and use.
  7. Measure stairs and door frames : If you need to move large furniture, you need to measure the dimensions of stairs, door frames, and elevators to ensure that the furniture can be moved into your home smoothly.

Measurement example

Let's say you want to measure the dimensions of your living room and purchase a sofa:

  1. Room length : measure the distance between two opposite walls, e.g. 5 meters.
  2. Room Width : Measure the distance between another pair of opposing walls, for example 4 meters.
  3. Room height : height from floor to ceiling, for example 2.8 meters.
  4. Location of doors and windows : record the width of the window as 1.5 meters, the height of 1.2 meters, and the distance from the ground to 0.9 meters. The width of the door is 0.9 meters and the height is 2 meters.
  5. Mark the power plug and switch : Mark the plug and switch locations on the floor plan to avoid obstruction by furniture such as sofas.
  6. Reserve space : Plan to place the sofa on one of the long walls and reserve at least 1.5 meters of space for walking passage.

Through detailed measurements and proper planning, you can ensure that the furniture you purchase is the right size for the room and maximizes the practicality and beauty of your home.

3. Purchasing channels and techniques

1. Online or offline

Modern shopping methods are diverse and can be purchased online or offline. Online shopping can provide more style choices and price comparisons, and is convenient and fast. In offline physical stores, you can experience the texture and comfort of furniture on the spot.

2. Pay attention to promotions

Furniture brands will launch promotions from time to time, such as Christmas promotions, Black Friday, etc. Take advantage of these promotional opportunities to buy your favorite furniture at more favorable prices.

Picture: Caterlog2023 Christmas Promotion

3. Choice of custom-made and ready-made furniture

Depending on personal needs and budget, you can choose to have your furniture made to order or buy it off-the-shelf. Customized furniture can be tailor-made according to personal needs, but the price is relatively high; ready-made furniture has more choices and is relatively affordable.

4. Environmental protection and health

1. Environmentally friendly materials

When purchasing furniture, you should pay attention to whether the materials are environmentally friendly. For example, solid wood, bamboo, recycled wood, MDF (medium density fiberboard) and HDF (high density fiberboard), recycled metal, natural fibers (such as linen, cotton, wool) and ecological resins are all good choices. These materials either come from renewable resources or are made through recycling and reuse, reducing the burden on the environment. At the same time, they are durable, comfortable, and come in a variety of styles to choose from to suit your home style. In addition, when purchasing, you need to pay attention to choosing products that comply with environmental standards and certifications to ensure that the furniture is harmless to health during use.

2. Healthy and comfortable

Choosing ergonomically designed furniture can help improve living comfort and health. For example, choosing ergonomic chairs and mattresses can help reduce discomfort caused by sitting and lying down for long periods of time.

Conclusion

Purchasing furniture is a process that requires both rationality and sensibility. By determining your needs and budget, focusing on style and functionality, choosing reasonable purchasing channels, and paying attention to environmental protection and health, you can easily find furniture that suits your new home. We hope that the strategies in this article can provide practical guidance for you to move into your new home and help you create a comfortable, elegant and ideal home.


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