25 Aug Creating the Perfect Apartment: Tips for Downsizing and Furnishing with Style
So, it’s time to downsize. What’s next? Whether your choice to begin downsizing is due to a change in family dynamics, financial reasons, or simply a lifestyle change, the transition to apartment, unit or villa living can be a rewarding and even refreshing experience. However, it will require careful planning and consideration. At FurnishX, we’ve helped hundreds of clients go from house to apartment living, and we’ve got some advice to share for those embarking on the downsizing journey.
Your first step is to take stock: evaluate your current furniture and decide what to keep and what to let go of. This will take a few extra steps for most people; they won’t know right away, and that’s completely normal. Some of our clients have sold or given away all their furniture and started again with one of our ex-display furniture packages, others have blended their favourites with our carefully curated selections. Whatever you decide to do, the team at FurnishX is here to help.
Here is our handy guide on how to get a sense of what you’ll keep, what you can let go of and how to make your downsizing process as pain-free and enjoyable as possible:
Evaluate Your Furniture
Moving from a house to an apartment or unit means you’ll most likely have a smaller footprint to work with. So, it’s essential when downsizing to assess your furniture inventory and make some carefully-considered choices. Think about the pieces that hold sentimental value and those that will fit into your new space. Be practical and realistic about what you truly need and love.
For larger items like sofas and dining tables, ensure they are proportionate to your apartment or unit’s size. Some will be impractical or not suited to your new space. If you find that some of your favourite pieces of furniture won’t fit, don’t worry – there are ways to blend old and new seamlessly. Sometimes, it will be your cue to let that piece of furniture go. And once again, that’s a normal part of downsizing.
Plan with Precision
Measuring the available space is one of the most important things to do when thinking of furnishing your new apartment. Before you move in, get rid of anything or make any purchases, try using tape to mark out the furniture’s position in your new space. This can really help you to visualise how each piece will fit. Working out your furniture requirements for your apartment is also where we can assist. At FurnishX, all ex-display furniture packages can be personalised to your needs, and we can help you to consider your space and the type of furniture you need when decorating your new home. We work with you, piece by piece, to get the exact furniture and decor to suit your new apartment.
Consider the Move
Getting heavy or oddly-shaped furniture inside your new apartment or unit can be a headache, especially if you’re downsizing. When moving from a larger home to a high-rise building or awkward unit block, consider how you’ll transport your furniture to the new location, taking into account elevators, steep driveways, staircases, and doorways. We think moving is tough enough without additional last-minute surprises! If you want to avoid the hassle of this step, consider our ex-display furniture packages which we can arrange to deliver to you. Our specialist team will carefully and considerately place your personalised furniture package into your new apartment or unit without the dramas associated with doing it yourself.
If you fall in love with a furniture piece that won’t fit into the area you thought it would, don’t dismiss it outright. Try to remain open-minded about alternative arrangements. That occasional chair you adore might find a perfect spot in your dining room or master bedroom, adding charm and convenience to your space.
Prioritise Comfort and Longevity
As we age, comfort becomes a top priority. When downsizing and selecting your furniture or furniture package, choose pieces that will support you in the long run. Consider raised sofas with narrower seats, which can be more comfortable and easier to use as time goes on.
Blend Old with New
Transitioning from a classic home to a contemporary apartment doesn’t mean parting ways with beloved classic furniture pieces. Embrace the mix of old and new by blending different aesthetics. Our ex-display furniture packages contain transitional pieces that combine elements from both styles, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere for your new home. Consider a mix of both your favourite pieces and carefully selected furniture from our ex-display collections.
Downsizing doesn’t mean compromising on style or comfort. By planning carefully and choosing furniture wisely, you can create an apartment that exudes sophistication and elegance while making the most of your space.
Embrace the benefits of a smaller home, such as reduced maintenance and a closer-knit community, and design an apartment, unit or villa that truly feels like home. Whether you’re looking for the perfect sofa, a space-saving dining table, or adaptable storage solutions, we have so many furniture options available to your apartment, for the ultimate in style and functionality. So, let your creativity flow, and create a cozy, chic, and comfortable home that suits your downsized lifestyle perfectly.
Visit our site to see our ex-display furniture packages and see the range of furniture and options available to make your transition to the next chapter even smoother!