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After you’ve bought your property, it’s time for the next big spend – furnishings! Often people forget that they’ll need more money for expenditures after the purchase of their new home. But how much does it cost to fully furnish a house?

Whether you’re buying an unfurnished house or just want a whole new look for your property, we’ve got the information on figuring out how much furnishings will cost, so you can start saving ahead of the move!

What’s the Size of Your House?

How much it will cost to fully furnish your house is dependent on how big your house is and how many rooms you have to fill. It’s important to prioritise key rooms and the essential items you need in them. For example, you will need a bed in your bedroom, and it’s vital to have a kitchen with appliances. When you sort out your priorities, you won’t have to spend a lot of money all at once. All you need is the essentials right away, then you can fit out the rest in due course.

Owners of three-bedroom houses spent an average of £15,215 on their furnishings

The bigger the house, the more it will cost. For instance, a three-bedroom house has more bedrooms to fit out – that’s three times the beds, three times the drawers and three times the wardrobes.

What Do You Need?

When it comes to furnishing your home, you may be a little lost on what you need, let alone the cost of the furniture. Firstly, think of the biggest item in the room and start there. For example, in the living room you will need your centrepiece, which will likely be the armchairs and sofa. In the bedroom, you will need a bed to sleep on.

People spent an average of £1, 500 on a sofa.

The American website ForRent.com estimates that on mid-range furniture, a person is likely to spend around £1, 690 for their bedroom set. This includes the bed frame, dresser and nightstands. The mattress, vital for a good night’s sleep in your home, will be an additional cost. Whereas, kitchen units, including the dining set, pots, pans and utensils and basic kitchen shelving and storage, are estimated to set you back around £1, 150.

The next thing you will need to furnish your home is the carpets. According to MyBuilder, the ‘total price for a carpet fitting job generally ranges from £13 per square metre for a basic carpet and installation, to £50 for a top-of-the range carpet.’ This makes the average price around £28 per square metre.

Curtains may also be on your shopping list as they are essential for privacy and a lay-in, but their cost depends on whether you’re buying them from a retailer or having them made to bespoke sizes. The Bed Post state that made to measure curtains start at around £300, but prices can rise to £1000! Homeowners need to consider things like their choice of fabric, lining choice, drop, width, style and finish, as these may all affect the final price.

While furnishings can be bought with a prioritization structure in mind, you might benefit from volume discounts when purchasing accessories like carpets and blinds, so factor this into your saving plan. 

Furnishing a house will always be unique to you as it’s down to your individual taste and what you want in your home.

Funding your Furnishings Project

One of the best ways to save up for your furnishings project is by asking your family and friends to donate to a savings goal, instead of buying you or your children Christmas or birthday presents. Download our Offspring app today – it’s designed to aid you in achieving your family’s goals.