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Create a unique living space with the right furniture
Picking out furniture for your first home, whether it's a five-bedroom showplace or a studio apartment with a kitchenette, is one of the first rites of passage as an adult. If you have many rooms of your home to furnish or just need to replace a piece or two that's seen better days, we have many options you can choose.
The main rooms you'll need to furnish are your living room, bedroom(s) and dining room. Thanks to our Every Day Low Prices and great selection, this process isn't only easy but can save your bank account.
Living room furniture
The living room is usually the best place to begin when you're furnishing your home. it's likely the biggest room you'll have to furnish, requires several pieces and allows you to have the most creativity.
Sofas or couches will likely be the biggest piece of furniture in the room. Some people like a big sofa and opt for a sectional, which can have seating for six or more people. Many sectionals have recliner sections on one or both end for added comfort. If you have a smaller space, you can select a regular sofa that seats three average-sized people or even a love seat that seats two.
Materials for sofas and couches range from leather and suede to microfiber and fabric. If your space is really small, or you frequently have overnight guests, then a futon or a sleeper sofa is in order because these can double as a comfortable place to sleep in a pinch.
Chairs are also important for your living room. Here, too, you have options including recliners, armchairs, armless chairs, chaise lounges, rocking chairs and accent chairs. It all depends on your personal tastes and how much space is available. The materials for chairs are virtually the same as for sofas, although chairs also come in wood and plastic. The materials for your chairs can be a perfect match with the sofas, or you can mix them up as you see fit.
Other furniture to consider for your living room should be tables such as coffee tables and such accent tables as side tables and night stands. These are available as sets, or you can add these pieces individually. Wood is the most common material for living room tables, but glass, metal and composite wood tables are viable options.
Another piece of furniture you may want to include is a bookshelf, which can either rest along a wall or stand in a corner. These are also available in a number of materials.
The basic pieces of furniture in a bedroom are a bed (with a mattress and maybe a box spring), a dresser and at least one side table or nightstand. Other pieces you often see in a bedroom include a vanity and an armoire.
The bed should be big enough to be comfortable to sleep in but not make it difficult to move about the room. Beds range from twin to California king and come in styles including sleigh, poster and platform, and they may have both a headboard and footboard. Most are made of wood but metal is another option.
Dressers usually have between three and eight drawers and can be vertical or horizontal. Some come with mirrors attached to the back. Sizes range from 20 inches to more than 100 inches wide. The average height is between 30 and 40 inches. Wood, wood composite and metal are your options here.
Most bedrooms have an end table placed on either side of the bed. Wood, wood composite and metal are the choices here. These tables usually have one or two drawers with storage space underneath. These are ideal as a base for your lamps and storing important items near you including medications and eyeglasses.
Kitchen and dining furniture
Kitchens need some furniture, too. If your room is big enough it should include a table and a few chairs, but it can also include islands, which are rolling carts that usually have a butcher-block top, a drawer and one or two levels of open storage. You can buy other carts for holding appliances including microwaves or stand mixers.
Baker's racks are ideal for storing knickknacks, dishes and other items. These carts are usually made of metal and there are three or four shelves and open storage. These carts can be put against a wall or sit in a corner.
A large table and usually four to six chairs are the main furniture you'll need in a dining room. Dining room tables are rectangular and some come with a section to add if more company is expected. The tables are usually wood, although some quality composite-wood tables are available. The chairs are also wood, many with high backs and padded seats. dining room sets may include the chairs and table as a package, or you can mix and match these as you please.
If your space is limited, you may have a small dinner table or breakfast nook in your kitchen. These tables are usually much smaller, either square, rectangle or round in shape, and are wood or metal with a glass top. These usually have two to four chairs with them.