Before buying furnitureĀ and accessories for your first move, project yourself into your new daily life, and imagine everything you will need from night to morning.

Essentials for the whole house

When you move in for the first time, there are a few must-have purchases to make as soon as possible:

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  • Household products: toilet cleaner, floor cleaner, washing-up liquid, anti-lime, glass cleaner
  • Laundry, fabric softener
  • Cleaning utensils: broom, dustpan, squeegee, bucket, rags, mop, feather duster
  • Curtains and net curtains in sizes suitable for windows
  • Extension cords and multiple sockets
  • Suspensions and bulbs for every room
  • Clothes line for laundry
  • Ironing board
  • Doormat
  • Tools: flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, hammer, spirit level, adjustable wrench
  • essential household products

In the kitchen

It is better to plan all essential utensils from your first move:

  • Pots and pans of various shapes and sizes, crepe maker, Dutch oven, etc. To save space, opt for a set of saucepans with removable handles
  • Cutlery and plates
  • Breakfast: coffee maker, kettle, toaster, bowls, cups
  • Utensils: spatula, ladle, wooden spoon, skimmer, salad servers, whisk, peeler, flat blade knife
  • Bottle opener, can opener
  • Cheese grater
  • Measuring cup
  • Gloves for safe handling of hot dishes
  • Dish rack
  • Cutting board
  • Oven dishes
  • Bowl
  • Strainer
  • Storage boxes
  • Salt, pepper, oil, aromatics
  • essential kitchen utensils
  • In the bedroom
  • What to buy for the room when you move in? A bed, of course! But also :
  • A mattress, a box spring, pillows, a summer duvet, a winter duvet
  • Sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers of appropriate sizes (note all the dimensions of your bedding and take your memo with you to make your purchases)
  • A dressing room, a wardrobe, or a simple wardrobe
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • A bedside
  • A bedside lamp
  • A radio alarm clock
  • An office if you have the space and the budget


In the living room and the dining room

Do not ignore friendliness and comfort and buy tables, chairs, and armchairs on your first move. In the living room and the dining room, you will surely need:

  • A dining table and chairs or a bench
  • Tablecloths or placemats
  • Trivets
  • A buffet or a china cabinet
  • A tray for the service
  • Wine, cocktail, alcohol, champagne glasses
  • Coffee and / or tea cups
  • Vases
  • A tray for the service
  • A sofa and / or an armchair and / or a pouf
  • Pillows
  • A plaid
  • Carpet
  • A coffee table
  • An auxiliary lamp
  • A TV cabinet
  • Provide space for coats and shoes
  • Appliances
  • On a shopping list for the first move, there are many household appliances, some of which may be essential:
  • Kitchen: oven,Ā fridge with freezer, hotplates, microwave, extractor hood
  • A washing machine
  • Iron
  • A television
  • A computer
  • A hi-fi system or speakers
  • A box with internet subscription
  • Auxiliary heating
  • Among the optional equipment, we can mention:

A freezer

AnĀ ice maker machine
A household robot
A drummer
A hand blender
A dishwasher
A clothes dryer
A vacuum
DVD / Blue-Ray player
A home cinema
A steam cleaner
A towel warmer
A hairdryer

In the bathroom and the toilet

To feel at home quickly after your first move, install in the bathroom and toilets:

  • Toilet paper, possibly with a dispenser
  • A new flap
  • A toilet brush
  • A shower curtain
  • One or more soap dishes
  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, facial care, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
  • A cup for toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Bath towels
  • A towel rack
  • Rugs

For the exterior

When planning your apartment, donā€™t forget the outdoor spaces!

Place planters on the windowsills. Garnish them with plants chosen according to the exposure of the facade. If the sunshine rate is high, opt for cacti or succulents. Alternatively, you can play with the volume effects created by mini-shrubs or dress the wall with ivy. And if you want to combine the pleasant and the useful in the decor of your studio, grow aromatic herbs!
To furnish a terrace or balcony, invest in one or two comfortable seats (lounge chair or garden armchair, depending on your budget). Floor cushions will be perfect for a small space. Hang a few candle holders to create an intimate or festive atmosphere, depending on the circumstances. You can also draw on these planning tips to polish up the decor of the apartment.

And for what budget?

To comfortably fit out your first apartment, plan the following budget:

  • About 2000 euros for the purchase of the 10 pieces of furniture essential to furnish your studio;
  • Between 500 and 2000 euros for your household appliances, depending on whether you are content with a washing machine, microwave and vacuum cleaner to start with or whether you also need a dryer and ā€˜a dishwasher ;
  • Around 1000 euros of accessories, which include linens (bedding, towels, tablecloths and tea towels for the kitchen), crockery (plates, cutlery, glasses, dishes and pots) and lighting (table or table lamps). suspend and their bulbs);
  • Between 100 and 500 euros for the decoration, according to your desires and ideas for the decoration of the studio (photo frames, wall posters, candles, vases, plants, light garlands ā€¦);
  • Finally, count 50 euros for a complete battery of household products (detergents, sponges, laundry ā€¦).

You can also read:Ā Essentials for Equipping your kitchen.

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