Home Impruvement Article
How to style your first home: money-saving tips and design advice for kitting out your home with interiors looks that last
You’ve scrimped and saved and diligently set aside every last penny to buy your first home and then, in one fell swoop, there goes all the money on the fees and deposit just as you’re about to get to the fun bit.
Here’s an essential step-by-step guide to making your new home your own without overspending.
Measure up meticulously
A laser tape will dull the pain (from around £20 on Amazon).
On a paper plan mark ceiling heights, radiator positions/shapes, windows (including any curtain tracks/poles), recesses, swing of the door, built-in fitments and so on. Make several copies.
Or go with sophisticated online tools (mostly free) for plans and 3D visuals — try SketchUp (sketchup.com), Floorplanner (floorplanner.com) or HomeByMe (home.by.me). DFS, Ikea and Carpetright also do online room planners.
Break down what you have to spend item by item
Stick mostly to your target
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