Monday, 11 September 2017

Furnishing a flat with basic essentials.


In my previous post I wrote about the 10 essential things that you need to check before you move into your new flat. Assuming that everything is in order and you have signed the contract and are now holding the keys in your hand, the next thing to do is to clean, dust and furnish the flat.
My advise is that clean the flat whilst its empty, this way you can clean in every nook and cranny and be assured that its spotless. Also use a carpet freshner when vacuuming to refresh the carpet and remove any odours.

The next step is to furnish the flat, this we kept to a basic minimum. You can source furniture from charity, shops, check local papers for things to sell, check on facebook groups for local areas where people want to giveaway stuff. However the drawback of this is that everything will be mismatched and you cannot get all the furniture you require at the same time. Also even if the furniture you get is free you will have to find a mode of transport to get it to your flat and get it up the stairs. So in the long run it may not be practical.


Having weighed up all the pros and cons we decided to buy new. Ikea was our out next stop, we ordered a bed, a wardrobe and chest of drawers for the bedroom, for the lounge/ diner a sofa bed and a small dining table and chairs. Finally we ordered a desk for studying as my daughter is going to be doing a practical training year so together with work she will need to study too.


                                Before                                                         After

Ikea do offer a service where they will deliver the items to your door for a fixed delivery charge, they also provide a service where they will build all the items for you for a set fee. We declined that and chose to make up the furniture our selves to save on the additional cost.

On delivery day all the items came flat packed, inside the boxes were assembly instructions which were fairly easy to follow. The trick with assembling flat pack stuff is to check you have all the parts before you commence and read over the instructions fully before starting. It took us two full days to assemble all the furniture.


Next we needed some curtains so we headed over to Dunelm and picked up some in the sale, armed with a sewing machine and lots of cutting and snipping  and sewing the flat has some curtains. My husband lent a hand fitting the new curtains to the tracks. With all hands on deck, the flat was cleaned hoovered, dusted, furnished  and and ready to move in.


It certainly has been hard work setting the flat up and making sure its in order before she moves in. However it is coming together nicely. The flat is furnished and below you can see the results.



Have you managed to get any great bargains or have suggestions on furnishing on a budget??? Do share your ideas in the comments section below.

In my next post I will share details of the kitchen, what basic utensils you will need and what  store cupboard essentials to stock.

55 comments:

  1. I love IKEA, their furniture and furnishings are such great value. Love how you transformed your new place.

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    1. Thanks Nichola, finally its coming together.

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  2. setting up a flat from the scratch can be real hard work as is evident from your post, waiting for ur kitchen essentials post!

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    1. Watch this space nect post s about kitchen essentials.

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  3. We had to furnish our new rented flat, and Freecycle was a godsend - we got an AMAZING Dwell sofa that was barely used, for free! Ikea is brilliant too, and your flat's looking great!

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  4. Great advice on the cleaning Dr. Makes things so much easier than trying to clean once you have furniture in. Love that IKEA deliver, and they have a building option - which I would definitely use as I am useless at that! Good luck to your daughter with her studies!

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  5. Looks like you have your hands full with furnishing your place. I also think second hand furniture can be great you can get some lovely items.

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    1. Yes I am sure you can but the problem was getting the transport to bring it home. Ikea deliver so had to opt for them.

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  6. How nice does this look, I bet she is going to really love her new home once she is all moved in.

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    1. Yes she is excited to add personal touches and make it home.

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  7. Wow you guys did a great job! It really look cozy! And you are so sweet parents doing all this for her! I hope she appreciate you and your husband a lot! I hope she will enjoy her year studying in her new flat!

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  8. Your flat is looking amazing! I always get my furniture and house bits from IKEA :)

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    1. Ikea is great for reasonabley priced furniture.

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  9. Wonderful looking apartment! It is always tricky when first moving into an appointment with no furniture. These are all wonderful tips!

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  10. Your flat looks lovely - the corner sofa is amazing. My tip would have been go to IKEA!

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  11. Once her flat is perfectly set up...all she'll need is a cat to make it the purrfect home!!

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  12. what a helpful post, furnishing a flat from scratch can really be a hard work, but you guys did an amazing job!! well done

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  13. Ikea is always a great place to start as the flat pack furniture is such good value x

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  14. The flat looks great and I really love the dressing table - I need one of those in my life!

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  15. Looks amazing, you guys did a great job. I like furniture from IKEA.

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  16. Flat furnishing! What a great great thing to do! I loved when I did it in all my 6 previous homes and now that I've my own one... I always change things! I love your easy furniture!

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  17. Huge fan of Ikea here, their flat pack furniture is great and always so easy to assemble. Well it is for me, I get my Dad to do it!!

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  18. Fantastic work you've done on your new flat. Ikea was a good choice for furniture. I like the color choices you picked too.

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    1. Thankyou, it just needs some personal touches to make it look less clinical and more like home.

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  19. As someone who lives in a flat, this was a great read. Filled with good tips! I think it's time I do a little refurnish project haha!

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  20. Looks fantastic :) I used Ikea trays for my sons room. My husband made a unit out of MDF to put them in.

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  21. Definitely good tips! Great job in choosing Ikea. Everything feels easier with their furniture.

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  22. In about a month, I will try to move to my own flat. I'm not really sure If I want to buy new furniture, or just find an already furnished flat. I think you need to have a lot of money for new furinture, at least in my country. I really love how you furnished this appartment, it looks pretty sleek, but If you don't have the budget I think it's better to look for an already furnished flat

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    1. We tried that but the price of furnished was a lot higher and none were available in our chosen area.

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  23. the place looks great, all you need are few key essentials to spruce up the home.

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    1. Yes al, it needs now is some personal home touches such as cushions , throws etc.

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  24. Your home is starting to come together. I always enjoy putting together a flat I feel like I'm making my own space. It's a lot of fun!

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  25. I went to IKEA to get the basic furniture for the apartment :D

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  26. IKEA is one of my favorite places to buy simple furnitures - sometimes the quality is a hit-or-miss but I've gotten way better at figuring out which ones are worth the buy!

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  27. I think IKEA is great for furnishing on a budget. They also have some really cool designs and the storage options are good as well.

    Fatima

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  28. IKEA is a place close to my heart, cheap, sturdy and easy assemble I will
    Struggle to ever go anywhere else

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  29. I have that same bed from Ikea. I love it! I think your idea of getting rid of the old and getting new is not a bad idea when the furniture is heavy. Especially when you don't have the man power to move it. We did that last time.

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  30. This is a really helpful post for anyone moving in to a new house. I always like to clean the house before putting my furnishings in place, it really makes a difference.

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  31. When we moved into our new place it was incredibly minimal, and not by choice, but by the time we moved out we had accummulated so much stuff it was ridiculous!

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  32. With a little bit of a change up you can transform a room completely. IKEA has a lot of great stuff, and whenever we go there we always end up getting more than planned for.

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  33. I agree - Ikea is where it's at for kitting out a place cheaply and chicly. Just moved in with my boyfriend and it was the best choice!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh from Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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  34. Aw the flat looks amazing! I bet she can't wait to move in. I'm a big fan of ikea furniture it's a good price and always looks nice.

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  35. I like the white furniture. They make the place look fresh and bright.

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  36. I furnished my first flat from Ikea as well, such good quality for the price.

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  37. This is so great! I love the choice of furniture from Ikea...you just can't go wrong with furnishings from there x

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  38. Lots of great advice here. A trip to Ikea should always be on the cards when moving.

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  39. Yes, it is exhausting but you've done really well. Ikea and Dunelm would be on my list too but I would also check regular furniture and furnishing outlets for ex display items.

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  40. It's looking great! Ikea is our go to for furniture like this too!

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