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How To Furnish Your First Home From Scratch

How To Furnish Your First Home From Scratch


Many of Essops Home customers are first-time homeowners and we know that moving into your first home is an exciting milestone, but it can also be overwhelming when faced with the task of furnishing it from scratch. With so many decisions to make and a limited budget to consider, where do you begin? In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of furnishing your first home, step by step, offering practical tips, creative ideas, and budget-friendly solutions to help you create a space that reflects your style and meets your needs.


Before you reach into those savings or dip into your bank account to furnish your home, take the time to plan and establish a realistic budget. Consider the size of your space, the rooms you need to furnish, and your personal style preferences.
When furnishing your first home, start with the basics. Focus on essential furniture pieces that will provide functionality and comfort. Begin with items such as a bed and mattress, a dining table and chairs, a sofa, and storage solutions like dressers and shelves. Opt for versatile and durable pieces that can adapt to different styles and future moves. Consider purchasing items that serve dual purposes, such as a sofa bed or a coffee table with storage compartments, to maximize your space.
The Essops Home buying team has taken the liberty of creating a list of essential furniture pieces, prioritising the most important ones. This list will help you on your shopping journey:

1.     Lounging – your lounge suite anchors your space and becomes the focal design feature that you can plan around when furnishing your living room.

2.    Bedroom matters – first invest in a quality bed and base that provides you with years of durability and comfort. Once you have your bed you can consider either bedroom suite options or curate your custom look with a headboard, side tables or nightstands, and individual pieces to create character and interest in your space.

3.    Dining considerations – consider both the size and usage. Do you require a durable dining table for daily use or do you have a dedicated dining room for occasional dining? This will determine what type of dining table to invest in.
Allocate a budget for each category and allow some flexibility for unexpected expenses. By having a clear plan and budget in place, you'll be better prepared to make informed decisions and avoid overspending.


While it may be tempting to go for cheaper options when furnishing on a budget, prioritize quality and comfort. Investing in well-made, durable furniture will save you money in the long run, as these pieces will last longer and require fewer replacements.
Look for furniture made from sturdy materials like solid wood or metal frames with good craftsmanship. Test out sofas and chairs for comfort and support. Don't forget to consider ergonomic features when choosing items like office chairs or mattresses, as they contribute to your overall well-being.


Furnishing your first home doesn't mean you have to buy everything brand new. Explore second-hand or clearance options, such as Essops Home Outlet Stores, online marketplaces, and annual sales, to find unique and affordable pieces. You can often find high-quality furniture with character at a fraction of the cost. Consider refurbishing or repurposing items with DIY projects to give them a personal touch and save even more money. A fresh coat of paint, new upholstery, or updated hardware can transform an old piece into a one-of-a-kind treasure.


Once you have the essentials in place, it's time to infuse your personal style and make your space feel like home. Accessories and decor play a crucial role in adding personality and creating a cozy atmosphere. Experiment with colours, patterns, and textures through throw pillows, rugs, window treatments, and artwork.

Bring nature indoors with plants and flowers, which not only enhance the aesthetics but also improve air quality. Use lighting strategically to create different moods and highlight focal points in each room. Consider incorporating personal mementos, such as photographs or souvenirs, to make your space truly unique.
Furnishing your first home from scratch can be a rewarding and creative process. By planning, budgeting, and prioritizing quality and comfort, you can create a space that reflects your personality and meets your needs. Don't be afraid to get creative or get help with Essops Home Interior Design services through our design partner studios In-signio. Visit for more

12 June