7 things you need to buy now for your first home

7 things to buy for your first home

Last updated: 20/07/2022

Buying your first home is a big milestone. Whether you’ve been living with family or renting, purchasing a home will be the first time you’ve had complete freedom to decorate and make your house your own.

There are lots of things you will need to buy for your new house to feel like a home. This will include a few must-buy items that you might not have considered, that won’t blow the bank.

IKEA RÅSKOG storage trolley

1. Storage containers

As you begin to buy new furniture for your new home, it’s very easy to forget about storage.

This IKEA RÅSKOG storage trolley is just £45 and it’s available in five colours. The simple design makes this the perfect versatile storage item to use in any room of the house.

Place it in the bathroom as a toiletries shelf, in the office to shelve stationery, or even alongside your kitchen units as a baking station, or a drinks trolley.

2. LED light bulbs

As you more into your new home, you may find that the previous tenants have taken the light bulbs for their new property. It’s always a good idea to carry a few with you in the move to avoid darkness in your first evening in your new home.

Always try to opt for LED lights. For example, Wilko’s bulbs are 85% energy saving, and last for 25 years and available from £3.50.

Bath mat from Dunelm

3. A bath mat

A small item that can often be overlooked or forgotten when making new home plans. Getting a bathmat as soon as you move in is a good idea, to avoid soaking your new floors.

This stylish flat weave monochrome bath mat is available in Dunelm for £12.

4. A clotheshorse

If you’re lucky, the previous owner might have left an outdoor washing line, or even a tumble drier behind. But other properties may have nothing to dry your washing on.

So, it’s best to be prepared with a clotheshorse or indoor drying rack, so you’ve got plenty of space to dry your washing when you move in.

You can pick up a three tier indoor clothes airer from Argos for £15.

Stackable side tables from H&M

5. Side tables

Collecting furniture for your new home is a big task. Items such as sofas, beds and dining tables often take up the largest chunk of your budget.

Depending on the space available in your new home you may also need side tables, for a number of rooms.

The H&M metal stackable tables are not only stylish in a minimalist black design, but they’re very versatile and perfect for compact spaces as well as open rooms.

They’re a great size for a set of bedside tables or living room coffee tables, and it means you’ve got somewhere to eat your dinner until your dining table arrives.

You can buy them as a pair for £119.99.

6. Curtains or blinds

Whether you’ve been renting previously or staying with members of family and friends, you’re unlikely to have a collection of curtains. It’s common for the previous owners of your new home to take their curtains with them, and a new build property might not include them.

When completing the purchase of the house, find out the window dimensions so you can start buying curtains and blinds in advance.

Opt for thermal and – in bedrooms at least - black out curtains to ensure you get a good night's sleep, grab a set of full length thermal bedroom curtains on Amazon for under £30.

Don’t forget the curtain rod or blind brackets to go with them!

Berlin Arches poster from Desenio

7. Decorations

While you’re busy buying all of the essentials, don’t forget a few decorative items to make your new house feel like a home.

If you’re used to renting, being able to hammer screws into the wall anywhere in your new home will feel like a luxury.

Why not take advantage of this new found freedom by treating yourself to some wall prints from Desenio.

Frameless 30X40 prints are typically around £15, however most of the prints are available in smaller and larger sizes.

The Berlin Arches Poster is a great piece to decorate your new home as the neutral colours and art deco design fit perfectly into any room.

Use the Desenio gallery wall feature to identify which prints to pair together for every colour room.

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And don't forget

Once you’re in your new home, you can start collecting items to put your own stamp on your property. Make sure to have a read about room hacks to make your house a home.

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