Buying furniture

12/07/2012

By my calculations I should have started investing in good quality furniture at the age of 18, I did invest in furniture but not the kind that stays intact. Argos value (whhaaaatttt? my money went on drink and I wanted a white bedroom, shoot me) and right now I am interested in buying myself a new bed and and some living room items.
So when I move out I will be fully equipped with the essentials such as bed, sofa suite and bedroom furniture. Bedrooms and living rooms are the best rooms and most used in the house bar the kitchen.
Kitchen doesn't apply for everyone but it applies in my family just because we love our food.
I started thinking about all the kitchen things I would need to move out and feed myself in a full vibrant and clean kitchen space.
And I made a few lists for each room and prioritised them.


In the Kitchen:
You might be Gordon Ramsay or Nigela Lawson, or you burn water, before taking anything I say as a factual guideline you need to address the size and capacity of your kitchen and also your eating habits, (in the luxeries there is a blender noted, I class this as an essential because I like fresh juice and soup and I am competent as a cook to make things with it)  either which way you need to eat and eat well and this is my list of things needed:



Essentials
Mode of necessity
Why
Fridge and freezer
Storage
Where are going to store it?
Microwave and oven w/hobbs (if not built in)
Method
How are you gonna cook it?
Food
Substance

What to cook?
Pots, frying pans & casserole dish/baking pans
Method
What are you gonna cook it in?
Plates, bowls, mugs & drinking glasses
Substance
How you gonna consume it?
Utensils (forks, knifes, spoons)
Substance

How you gonna consume it?
Utensil drawer caddy!
Storage

Where are going to store it?
Knife set
Method

How are you going to prepare/cook it?
Can opener (electric or hand)
Substance
How are you gonna open it?

Spatula, wooden spoons, serving ladle
Substance
How will it be served?
Oven mitts & hand towels

Method/Hygiene
How are you safe and clean?
Garbage can and bin bags
Hygiene

How will you clean up?
Dishcloths and sponges

Hygiene
How will you clean up?
Luxuries
Core necessity
Alternatives
Measuring cups & spoons

Method
Use general knowledge
Tupperware storage containers (variety of sizes)
Storage
Store on the plate/bowl and Clingfilm
Cutting board
Method

Cut on a plate
Coffee maker (coffee & coffee filter)
Substance/Method
Instant coffee or tea, hot coco, or malt
Dish drying rack
Hygiene

It isn’t needed.
Blender

Method
Can achieve same consistency with masher and Wisk in hot pan.
Cheese grater
Method
Buy grated cheese

Mixing bowls

Method
Mix it on plate/bowl




In the Bedroom:
I’m a big believer in the only things that should be done in a bedroom are fornicate, sleep and get ready, other luxuries could be included such as sound systems for early morning get ready with the radio, a study section of the room like a desk, I don't like this idea but its all down to personal preference.


Essentials

Mode of necessity
Why
Bed (mattress and frame)

Comfort
Where are you going to sleep?
Bed Linen (sheets, pillows e.g)
Comfort/Design
What are you going to sleep in?
Dressers and cabinets

Storage
Where are you going store your clothes and accessories?
Laundry basket
Hygiene
How will things be categorised by freshness?
Coat hangers
Storage
How will you store?

Wall mirror
Design
How will you know what you look like?

Luxuries
Core necessity
Alternatives

Lamp
Comfort
Room Light

Alarm clock
Comfort
Mobile phone alarm

Shoe rack and coat rack
Storage/Design
Coats on hangers in dresser
Shoes in boxes labelled
Waste Basket
Hygiene

Don’t leave waste in sleep chambers
Television
Comfort
Watch TV in living room

Laptop

Comfort
Use laptop in study or a study section


The Living room
Main room, more people go to this room than they do any others, I personally like my room with a bit more gatgets, like a play/games/station to entertain, plus I'm single, this is great for me to just chill out and relax after finishing work.






Essentials

Mode of necessity
Why
Sofa/couch suite
Comfort/design
Where are you going to sit?

TV
Entertainment
What will you do?

TV cabinet
Storage

Where will you place TV/ DVDs?
Wall shelves
Storage
How will you design or decorate the room?
Cable
Entertainment
What will you watch?

Curtains, blinds or nets
Design/privacy
How will you get privacy and decorate?
Luxuries
Core necessity
Alternatives

Coffee table/end tables
Design/comfort

Coasters put your coffee on the floor
Lamps
Design/comfort
Room lights
Wall decoration/artwork

Design
Make own art or have feature wallpaper
Bean bags
Comfort/design
Sit on the sofa/couch

Floor Rugs
Design
Have quality carpet

Book shelves
Design/storage
Keep in study/ study section



How cute is this study? Its a Cupboard! Lovely, this is great because when you own your first home its bound to be small. Cath kidson decoration as well! LOVELY 
I currently own

  • A set of pots and pans
  • A desk
  • Two bedside Cabinets
  • A chest of draws
  • An ottoman
  • A blender.

Really need to get cracking and start buying things don't I, What should I buy first, new bedroom furniture? or a Sofa suite? Give me your thoughts below guys and dolls.

Keep kewt
xxx

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  1. I started with the bedroom as its what I needed first. I could handle having no sofa for a few days but reading this post you say your single so it may not be as important for you my partner is just SO fussy.

    When it comes to a bed have a look on ebay. I found a solid wood bed with a mattress that someone (going through a divorce) had in their spare room so barely used, £100!!! I was amazed that we managed to get it, but be careful of course.

    Also with your lists definitely pick colour schemes so that you do not buy things that won't all match in the end, my sister over the years has done this and a lot of things don't go together!

    Amy xoxox

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    1. Great advise Amy.
      I'd always reupholster when things don't match, I'm a lover of the Shabby Chic though.

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