Moving into a new apartment is an incredibly joyous occasion—especially when its with your new husband or wife. It marks the start of a new chapter with the love of your life. But starting anew means that your new home is likely looking quite bare. In between wedding planning, your honeymoon, and all assortment of other tasks, you may not have had the time to even think about furnishing your home.
Not to worry! With a few essentials, your apartment will soon feel like a proper home. If you’re wondering where to start, here are 4 pieces of furniture all newlyweds moving in together need.
A Dining Room Table
A dining room table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any new home. It’s where you will make so many wonderful memories for years to come. From dinner parties, to romantic dinners, to quick breakfast bites, your dining table is one of the most frequently used pieces of furniture in any home. That’s why it’s important to pick one that suits you and your partner’s lifestyles, tastes, and, house.
“Picking out a dining room table is something that requires more consideration than many newlyweds think,” says Angela Stringfellow, from Wedding Digest. “You have to envision how it will be used, who will sit at it, and how it will look with the rest of the furniture and decor in your house.”
She suggests asking the following questions as a starting point for picking out a dining room table:
- What material, shape and size do I need/want it to be?
- How many people will usually sit at it?
- Will we need extra room for guests?
- How will the table compliment the rest of the room and house?
Another vital piece of furniture you’ll need to buy is a comfortable couch. It’ll certainly pay off to get a couch that not only looks great, but feels great to sit or lie down on. Keep in mind that you’ll be using it for a multitude of occasions. Apart from catching up on your favorite TV shows and movie nights, you’ll also be using it to relax and perhaps even work.
It can also make a great gift to your partner, as Molly Hoyer from Gift Giving Today advises. “What better present to celebrate your new marriage than to gift your husband or wife a new couch?” she says. “Not only is it something practical that you actually need in your new house. It’s also a unique present that will be unexpected by your partner but very much appreciated.”
So, how do you pick the perfect couch?
Just like choosing a dining room table, there’s a lot to consider. As Real Simple points out, you’ll have to make decisions on such features as the sofa’s arms, layout (sectional or stand-alone), fabric, filling (foam or feather), size, and seat depth. If you’ve got a small space to play with, you may also want to consider whether RV recliners or wall huggers may work better. Yes, it’s a lot to think about, but you’ll be thankful you took the time to when you’re snuggled up with your partner on your ideal one!
A Bed & Mattress
We know you know you need a bed, but what you may not know is just how crucial it is to choose a proper mattress as well. Even if you have the most luxurious bed frame, without the right mattress you’ll be in for a lot of restless nights. An uncomfortable mattress is not only painful, it can lead to lasting side effects for your physical and mental health.
What, then, should you look for?
You’ll need a bed and mattress that provide proper support for your back, and will allow you to have a restful sleep night after night. If your budget allows, it’s worth spending a bit more (if necessary) to get a mattress that feels like it was made for your body. After all, we spend around one third of our lives sleeping!
As you’ll see if you do a bit of research on mattress buying, there’s a real art to picking one. Good Housekeeping gives some handy tips for both in-store and online purchases. For instance, if you’re buying in-store, you’ll want to ensure you spend at least 10 minutes reclining on one before handing over your credit card. Whereas if you’re buying online, you’ll usually get to take advantage of a money-back guarantee. They also guide you on what mattress is best based on your sleeping preferences, so to a good read of their advice.
If you’ve started packing or even unpacking, you’re probably well aware of how many items of clothing you both have. That’s why you’ll need a sturdy wardrobe or closet to put them all in. A wardrobe or closet will keep all of your clothes neat and tidy, as well as well organized.
Just like the other items listed here, you will need to be mindful of a couple of things when shopping around for your dream wardrobe or close. For instance, its:
- Number of drawers, and
- Storage unit/s.
Remember, you’ll have to match this piece with the rest of your bedroom. So don’t forget to measure everything beforehand and try to plan out how the room will look in advance for best results.