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8 Top Tips on How to Furnish a New Build Home: A New Homeowner’s Ultimate Guide
September 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm 5
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Buying your first home or moving house is such an exciting, albeit stressful, milestone in life. A new home usually means a new location, a fresh start and, what we’re most interested in, some new stylish furniture.   Having to furnish a new build home can seem a little overwhelming. This is because there is likely to be a lot of space you’ll need to fill. So whether you’re starting from scratch, downsizing, or moving into a bigger space,  we thought we’d offer a helping hand. This post is packed full of our tips and tricks to help you furnish a new build home.  

Firstly, let’s address some of the top mistakes people make furnishing a new build home. These are the ones you’ll want to avoid!

 
  • Don't Overfill. Just because you’ve got a whole new empty space to work with, doesn’t mean you have to fill, cram and coordinate every space, nook and cranny right away. Start with your investment pieces rather than buying everything in one go (we’ll talk more about this in more depth later), and then you can add any additional, non-essential pieces later on.
 
  • Don't trust your eye rather than a tape measure. This is never a good idea when choosing your furniture, especially when buying online. Thinking your new sofa and coffee table will fit is very different to knowing that it will, so save yourself the stress and hassle on delivery day by knowing your measurements well before you place your order.
 
  • Don't be unrealistic. We’ve all done it; seen a gorgeous two-page spread in Elle Decor or Ideal Home, bookmarked the page and dreamed that one day our home would replicate the stylish setting. Although the imagery in the glossy magazines does look flawless, if you try to make your room look like a page in a catalogue it’ll sadly never quite live up to the expectation. That’s not to say a stunning interior setting is impossible. Keep in mind that your new build home is going to be lived in. So although you won’t want it to look messy, you’ll still want it to have a welcoming and inviting feel.
  Now you know what not to do, let’s get stuck in with our 8 top tips on how to furnish a new build home.  

1. Starting Off

The ease and popularity of buying furniture online has dramatically increased. That's why furnishing your new home with all new furniture pieces should no longer be seen as an expensive luxury. There’s so much choice online when it comes to dining room, living room and kitchen furniture. Start by focusing on one room at a time so you don't become too overwhelmed. Then you can start browsing online to see what shapes and styles catch your eye.  
Aver Oak and White Extending and Finn Dining Chair Dining Set

Try to focus on one room at a time so you don't become overwhelmed by the choices available!

Moving house is also the ideal time to think about any additional furniture pieces that will benefit your new space. If you’ve been squeezing everyone around a small dining table, now’s the time to invest in that stylish extending dining set that can offer everyone a seat. If you’ve never had a dining table of your own, there's no better time to find one that’s just right for you and your new space.   TOP TIP: One great way to stay focused on one room at a time is to use Pinterest. This way, you can create a board for each room. It’s also a great way to get an idea of how the pieces you’ve selected will work alongside each other. New to Pinterest? Don’t worry! We have a handy guide for Pinterest beginners that will get you up and pinning no time.  

2. Measure Up

Get to know your space by measuring the area, and if you haven’t moved in just yet, make use of the estate agent’s floor plan to get a better idea of the shape and size of the rooms in your new home. If the layout differs greatly to your current home, that’s when you’ll need to consider furniture that'll suit your space. If you’ve downsized, then your current furniture might no longer fit. And if you’re starting fresh, the furniture world is your oyster! Many online retailers will list the furniture measurements on their website, and there are loads of handy sizing guides available.
Robin 2 Seater Leather Sofa Sizing

Sizing details on our Robin 2 Seater Leather Sofa

  To get a better idea of how your furniture will fit before you move into your space, interior design apps are a great help. Apps such as Planner 5D can be easily downloaded to your iPhone (for free!). You can then size and scale furniture pieces along with the size of the room. This will help you get a feel for how things will look.  
The 2D view is great for creating floor plans and seeing how much space you have to work with.

The 2D view is great for creating floor plans and seeing how much space you have to work with.

The 3D view is where you can try out different colours and styles of furniture pieces.

The 3D view is where you can try out different colours and styles of furniture pieces.

There's a whole host of interior apps that will help you each step of the way of your new home journey. Want to know the best ones? Take a look at our Top 6 Must Have Interior Design Apps.   

3. Don't Buy Everything All At Once

So you have your dream house, you know which room is which and you’ve measured everything (including the door frames). Armed with everything you need,  it can be tempting to go ahead and buy everything at once. However, this is one furniture buying mistake to avoid when furnishing your new home. Buying everything at once is a huge cost in one go. It will also take away your styling focus from each room. This is beacuse you’re looking at multiple pieces and styles throughout your home.
Modern Living Room Furniture from Danetti

Starting with your staple pieces is a great way to start filling your new room. You can add any additional pieces when you have a better idea of the space and style you have to work with.

Not buying everything at once doesn't mean you have to spend the first few months sat eating your dinner on the floor, however.  Focus on your staple and investment pieces first, then all of the sleek accessories can be added later to give your room an even more homely touch.   TOP TIP: One way to make sure you stick to the essentials is to make a note of your budget- and stick to it! Moving home can be an expensive time,  so it’s a good idea to know how much money you have to actually spend on furniture before you set your heart on a sofa and dining set that is way out of your budget. Once you know what you’ve got to work with, then you can start shopping around. If you have any leftover cash, you can then buy those extra pieces on your wish list without any guilt as all the important pieces have been covered.  

4. Start With Your Investment Pieces

The term investment pieces can hold connotations of costing a lot of money, but try to think of your investment pieces as just that- investments, not expenses. A good quality bed, sofa and dining table will provide comfort and seating for your family for years to come. So if you can afford it, it’s a very smart move to spend more on these staple pieces for your new home.  Vital parts of any home, investment pieces will be the furniture that you use the most and keep the longest, so you’ll want to choose something that’ll last.

Dining Sets

Dining sets are definitely up there with the essentials for a new home. A set like the Sanza White Gloss and Loop 5 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench will offer you style, practicality and versatility all in one setting.

  A dining set is definitely one of the investment pieces you’ll want to get right. With so many choices and combinations available, we’ve also written two handy guides to help you choose the perfect dining chair and dining table which you can view (after you’ve finished reading here of course!).    

Sofas

      A sofa is something that will be used day in, day out. So you’ll want something as comfortable as it is durable. We have a whole variety of sofa sizes in fabric and real leather upholstery; there is sure to be a piece that is right for you and your family!  

Storage

Eve Frosted Grey Glass and Matt Grey Sideboard

Sideboards are a great way to use a space for both styling and storage, like with our Eve Frosted Grey Glass and Matt Grey Sideboard

A sideboard is such a versatile piece of furniture. This is because it can be used for both styling and storage in a variety of rooms. If you think you’ll be a little pushed for space, consider a compact sideboard as this will still offer a storage space that keeps items out of sight, without taking up too much space.

 

5. Make the Most of Your Space, Inexpensively

Make the most of your new living room by choosing a side table set that can be stacked when not in use. Or, consider a set that doubles up as a table and stool to offer a handy extra seat.
Tiva Coffee Table Set

The Tiva Coffee Table Set can be arranged to suit your needs

Our Tiva Coffee Table Set can be separated and styled to suit your space, and then stacked again when not in use making it great for a versatile living area.   The Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set doubles up as side table and stool which can be used as a footrest, surface for drinks and even a handy extra seat.  

Make the most of your new space with an extending dining table. Sets like the Metro Grey Gloss and Finn Extending will mean that there's plenty of room for guests to pull up a seat during your house warming!

The Metro grey gloss dining table can extend from a four-seater all the way up to a ten-seater dining table.  Save space with this table too, as the table extensions are stored within the table top.  

6. Tie Everything Together With Colour

Starting out with a blank canvas such as a new home doesn’t mean that you have to buy everything matching to coordinate your space. One great way to tie your room together is through your use of colour. So if you already have a sofa but now have the space for a coffee table, consider your materials and colour scheme. This will help to seamlessly combine the pieces together.  
Create a welcoming living room setting by using real leathers and warm walnut finishes.

Create a welcoming living room setting by using real leathers and warm walnut finishes.

  Here we’ve coordinated the Duo Walnut Side Table and Graphite Grey Stool Set with the Halo Walnut Coffee Table. The grey leather stool also coordinates with the grey Dillon sofa (even though the greys are a slightly different shade). This is a great example of how you can tie different furniture together with the use of textures and colours.    
Riva Stackable Fabric Dining Chair

Add a splash of colour to your dining room with chairs like the Riva Stackable Fabric Dining Chair

  Many new builds will have a very neutral interior. So if you want to inject some colour into your space but don’t have the time or money to go all out on your decor, be clever with your furniture choice colours, such as colourful dining chairs or a bold coloured sofa set. Colourful dining chairs, like our Riva range, are a great way to add a stylish pop of colour to your new dining area.  
Luxe Modern Large 3 Seater Leather Chesterfield Sofa

You colour choice of sofa can have a big style impact on the rest of your living room.

The neutral scheme of many new build homes is a great opportunity to be bold with your colour choices. Our Luxe sofa in mustard yellow is a great example of how to inject some colour into a more neutral space. With our free swatch sample service, it’s easy to order a couple of samples to get a flavour for your colour palette and material choices.  

7. Get Inspiration From Other New Homeowners

The glossy interior magazines do look stunning. However, sometimes the best styling inspiration can come from real homes. There's a whole community of new homeowners sharing their design journey on social media platforms such as Instagram and Houzz, so be sure to follow people in the community. #newhome, #newbuild and #firsttimebuyer are great hashtags to get started. Then you'll start to discover accounts that you love! You can also use the platforms to ask questions and even share some of your own knowledge. This can be invaluable when moving into a new home.  
Danetti Instagram New Build Hashtag

Start off by searching for relevant hashtags. This way you'll find relevant accounts and people to follow.

  Along with sharing the journey, many people like to showcase the finished look! We ask our customers to use #mydanetti when they snap their homes so we can see the finished results. Here are a couple of our favourite customer images, but remember, you can view loads more if you search #mydanetti on both Facebook and Instagram.  
Louise has really made the most of this stunning open plan kitchen and dining area with the Elise Bar Stools, Santo Dining Chairs and Zen Grey Gloss 6 Seater Dining Table.

Louise has really made the most of this stunning open plan kitchen and dining area. Here she has styled the Elise Bar Stools, Santo Dining Chairs and Zen Grey Gloss 6 Seater Dining Table.

 

Michaela has truly perfected a modern loft living look with the help of our Fern White Gloss Extending Dining Table!

 
Here Pip has shown how you coordinate the right way! Matching our Form Cantilever Dining Chairs with the Elise Bar Stools and Fern Grey Gloss Dining Table is definitely a winning combination.

Here Pip has shown how you coordinate the right way! Matching our Form Cantilever Dining Chairs with the Elise Bar Stools and Fern Grey Gloss 6 Seater Dining Table is definitely a winning combination.

8. Be Smart With Your Delivery

The ease of buying online is accompanied with another great factor- delivery services. Rather than trying to up end your sofa in the back of your car, at the click of a button you can have your new furniture delivered right to your new front door. From next day delivery to fully trackable orders, we’ve made sure that getting your goods to you is as easy as possible. Make sure you check the delivery process when you’re buying online so you know what to expect. All of our delivery info can be found here.   So there you have it, 8 top tips on how to furnish a new build home. We’ve covered a fair amount, so here’s the final takeaways and key things to remember…
  • Don’t overfill your space
  • Know your measurements
  • Be realistic with what you can create
  • Consider your investment pieces first
  • Know your budget before you start shopping
  • Try to focus on one room at a time
  • Don't buy everything all at once
  • Solve practical problems inexpensively
  • Tie everything together with colour
  • Take inspiration from other new homeowners
  • Connect with others on social
  • Be ready for your delivery
  And most importantly- have fun! Moving into a new home does have its worries and stresses, but make sure you take a moment to think of the home you’re creating for you and your family; it’s a space to make new memories during mealtimes, Christmas dinners, and snuggling up on the sofa.   We hope this post gives you a bit more guidance on how to furnish a new build home. If you have any questions or have just moved and want to share some of your new build experiences, be sure to let us know in the comments.  

Show Us Your Style!

We love seeing how our customers set up and style their Danetti pieces in their home. If you’ve just moved and furnished your new place with some Danetti flair, be sure to share a picture on Facebook and Instagram with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page!  
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Buying Guides
Thinking of Moving? How About Some New Modern Furniture?
August 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm 0
Planning to move house?  According to the latest news, mortgage lending was up by 29% last month compared to July last year, meaning that people in the UK are slowing gaining the confidence to step onto the property ladder rather than renting, or taking the plunge and moving up the property ladder. The Council for Mortgage Lenders say that total gross lending has increased from £14.8bn in June to £16.6bn in July. With this in mind, we have selected a collection of furniture that would look stunning if you are moving into a new home, and won't break the bank! Assi White and Grey Gloss and Argenta Extending Dining Set
Assi White and Grey Gloss and Argenta Extending Dining Set £679.00

Assi White and Grey Gloss and Argenta Extending Dining Set £679.00

The Assi White and Grey Gloss and Argenta Extending Dining Set is the height of fashion. When this stylish table is unextended, the table top is made from two White High Gloss panels but when pulled apart you reveal a funky Grey High Gloss extension leaf. The contrasting table top is slightly curved at both ends with chamfered edges to create a retro look. The supporting legs have a rectangular shape, slightly slanted and finished in trendy brushed metal. This dining table extends from 1600mm to over 2100mm, in order to seat up to 8 people - perfect when hosting house warming dinners. Completing this fashionable dining set, are the Argenta Coloured Faux Leather Dining Chairs. These bold dining chairs are available in White or Putty Grey Faux Leather. The chunky dining chair is fully upholstered in high quality faux leather, including the legs! These dining chairs are stackable, which helps maximise space but great when you need extra chairs for visiting guests. Teora Bar Stool
Teora Bar Stool £89.00

Teora Bar Stool £89.00

The Teora Bar Stool ticks all the right boxes as it offers great comfort and excellent value for money. This stylish, contemporary bar stool has a well proportioned wider seat and deeply padded seat and back rest creating additional comfort. The Teora is upholstered in durable but tactile faux leather in a choice of fashionable Putty Grey and gorgeous Ruby Red. Supporting the padded seat are stylish legs finished in polished chrome, making the Teora perfect for modern kitchens. Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard
Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard

Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard £396.00

The Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard looks fantastic with the matching extending dining table. The White High Gloss gives the room a light feel whilst the contrasting Grey Gloss adds a burst of colour to the simple Sideboard. It is the perfect storage solution for a modern home. It has two spacious cupboards that are perfect for storing crockery and three handy drawers that can be used to store cutlery. The soft close doors means that there are no handles, creating a slim line look. The Sideboard legs are slightly slanted and finished in trendy brushed metal, completing the retro look. Anglo Leather Corner Sofa
Anglo Leather Corner Sofa £2299.00

Anglo Leather Corner Sofa £2299.00

The Anglo Corner Sofa has fantastic style and lasting quality. Upholstered in soft, high quality genuine leather in a range of gorgeous colours. The Anglo Corner Sofa is available in Soft White, Antique Cream and Slate Grey real Leather. The seats have an elegant quilted design but the back and armrests are plain. The head rests and arm rests are adjustable to give total comfort. Supporting the comfortable, real leather sofa are squared loop legs which are finished in polished chrome. The sofa is easily connected together via a hook and slider system and the legs are attached with the screws supplied. The Anglo is available as right hand facing or left hand facing to suit your living room layout. Anglo Leather Foot Stool
Anglo Leather Foot Stool £349.00

Anglo Leather Foot Stool £349.00

The Anglo Foot Stool perfectly matches the Anglo Corner Sofa, completing the sophisticated look. It is upholstered in soft, luxurious Soft White genuine leather. This foot stool is perfect for resting your feet after a tiring day! The top of this stylish foot stool is quilted, matching the seats of the Anglo Corner Sofa. The deeply padded foot stool is mounted on sleek chrome lop legs, that have a curved shape underneath. Overall this foot stool is a useful but eye catching piece of furniture. Assi White Gloss Coffee Table 
Assi White Gloss Coffee Table

Assi White Gloss Coffee Table £89.00

The Assi White Gloss Coffee Table is part of the stylish and retro, exclusive Assi Range. It has a cool White Gloss Top which has a triangular pebble shape, chamfered edges and a slim profile. This means it is perfect for a modern living room. The funky White Gloss top is supported by three, brushed metal legs which are slightly angled to enhance the retro design of this fashionable White Gloss Coffee Table.
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Buying Guides
First-Time Buyers: Furniture Guide
August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am 0
According to the news, the UK housing market has been booming in recent months, due to the increase in first-time buyers entering the property market - up 30% on the 2012 figure. First-time buyers have been able to access lending and lending has hit is highest quarterly total since 2007. The Council of Mortgage Lenders said that 68,200 home purchases were made in the second quarter of 2013 by first-time buyers. In June last year the rate of first-time buyers in the property market was 38% but this year it has grown to 46%. Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set
Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set £247.00

Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set £247.00

The Fern White Gloss Kitchen Table is ideal for a small, modern kitchen and it will remain stylish for years to come.  It is made from sturdy MDF and has a sleek white high gloss surface that beautifully reflects the light, creating the illusion of spaciousness. This dining table is sturdy and durable, perfect for a busy lifestyle. Alongside the glossy table are the elegant Elise Dining Chairs. They are upholstered in hard wearing but soft faux leather in a choice of bold colours: Black, Putty Grey, Poppy Red, Ruby Red, Latte Beige, Brown and White. The padded seat is supported by slender legs that are finished in polished chrome and are stylishly tapered. Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool
Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool £119.00

Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool £119.00

The Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool completes the modern kitchen look. The Elise Bar stools represent great value for money but they do not compromise on quality. The stylish bar stool is upholstered in luxurious but durable faux leather in a choice of designer Black, cool White or rich Cream. The padded seat and back rest ensures this bar stool is comfortable. The chrome pedestal and flat round base is finished in shiny chrome with an additional gas lift mechanism to ensure this stool is suitable for all. Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard
Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard £539.00

Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard £539.00

The trendy Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard would add style and sophistication to your dining area. It is finished in fashionable White High Gloss which like the Fern Kitchen Table will remain stylish in the future. This contemporary storage solution has three drawers and two cupboards, providing plenty of space to store cutlery and crockery. The funky White Gloss Sideboard is supported by squared looped legs, that are finished in aluminium completing the stylish look. Davini Leather Corner Sofa
Davini Leather Corner Sofa

Davini Leather Corner Sofa £1999.00

The Davini Leather Corner Sofa is perfect for relaxing on after a hard day at work. It is upholstered in high quality, dense padding and soft genuine Leather. Adjustable headrests create additional comfort as they can be adjusted to support your head and neck. The leather seats are quilted by the back rests and arm rests are plain creating a luxurious look. It is available in classic Black, Antique Cream and Whisper Beige real leather. You can choose either a right hand facing chaise or a left hand facing chaise in order to suit your living room. The stylish legs have a squared loop shape and are finished in polished chrome, they are easily attached by the screws supplied. The sections of the sofa are connected via a hook and slider system. Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables
Luca White High Gloss Nest of Tables £119.00

Luca White High Gloss Nest of Tables £119.00

The Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables are a useful and versatile set of coffee tables. The smaller table fits neatly underneath the larger table to maximise space in your living room. It can be used as an end table, lamp table or a small coffee table, as it is such a versatile piece of furniture. The round shaped coffee tables are finished in high quality, White High Gloss which reflects the light beautifully. Luca White Gloss Coffee Table
Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

Matching the Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables is the Luca White Gloss Coffee Table. The cool coffee table has a rounded, curvy shape that adds style to your living room. It has a smooth White High Gloss finish which enables the light to be reflected around the room. This glossy Coffee Table has a length of 1200mm, width of 600mm and height of 405mm. Petra TV Stand
Petra TV Unit £219.00

Petra TV Unit £219.00

The Petra TV Stand stands out from the crowd with its unusual and funky design. The polished pedestal and round base supports the lozenge shaped TV Unit. The funky shaped TV Unit is finished in sleek White High Gloss, completing the living rooms White glossy look. It has a grey tempered glass shelf, located in the middle of the unit providing space for Av equipment or storage. The Petra TV Unit has a maximum load of 35kg.                    
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