Chances are, your brand-new condo unit won’t be furnished to your liking. Most condo units come with basic furnishing and deliverables—making moving day easier for everyone, but certainly disappointing homeowners with a higher style bar.
That’s why re-furnishing should be high on the to-do list, if you want to turn your high-rise unit into a place you can really call home.
Whether you are building a bachelor/bachelorette’s pad or a cozy abode for your growing family, you can make use of these essential tips for estimating the costs of furnishing a one-bedroom condo unit.
1. Costing out the essentials
List down all the essentials in a specific area. For instance, a living room will look too bare without a good sofa and coffee table. Bedrooms will need a bed and dresser. Most condo units are already furnished with kitchen counters (limited) and overhead cabinets (also limited), but you may need to allot a budget for either re-tiling or redoing the countertop to match your interior’s new style.
Knowing your style is a good start. Some styles will have more affordable options, such as industrial furniture or Scandinavian-inspired pieces. Some thrift stores and online shops can offer as low as PHP1,800 for single-piece chairs, but if elaborate designs are more your style, be prepared to shell out at least five digits that are on the mid- or higher tiers.
A good style to try for those who have a fairly starting budget would be an eclectic approach. Carefully curated pieces—even those from your family’s old heirloom pieces—can make a big difference, either as statement pieces or as mismatched sets. These pieces add a nice sentimental touch without adding to your cost.
2. Self-design: Costing and cutting-corners
To get the look you want, exercise patience and perseverance throughout the process. Take the time to shop around. It doesn’t hurt to check out furniture stores and shops around the metro to see a style that you like. After you find the pieces you like, note down prices of furniture pieces that you like and compare.
Sometimes, compromise is key. You may either opt to get lovely a sofa bed somewhere around PHP65,000 or—pro-tip from a value-shopper—wait for the next season’s selections to come out to see a potential drop in price. This is where value judgment comes in. Do you find value in having the latest or trending furniture pieces, or do you settle for classic-looking ones that you may get for a steal?
One more thing to consider: branded hauls versus lots-of-hauls. The advantage of going with your favored brand is that the furniture pieces will probably come in your preferred design and color. However, a brand name is not always the name of the game when self-designing your one-bedroom condo unit. Home depots and corner furniture shops can sell beds for as low as PHP30,000.
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This may seem like quite a bit of work, but if you love finding a great steal, making your own rounds in furniture shops can be fun. More than finding a great steal, you may even unleash your inner interior designer.
To Find Your Furniture: Furniture and appliances can come in a range of sizes, styles, and prices. Depending on your condo’s overall look and feel, this quick guide might help gauge if your budget fits the furniture of your choice. All prices below are approximations.
3. Tapping an interior designer
There are condo unit owners who just want to envision their dream nook, but have someone else do the work. This is perfect for those with room to spare in the budget department and who may want to add a professional touch to their interiors.
Hiring an interior designer has advantages beyond saving you the legwork during furnishing time. Interior designers are knowledgeable about the right flow of a space. If architects are tasked with the overall facade and function of a structure and engineers ensure the integrity of the space, interior designers are well-versed in the art of function and flair for your home.
From using elements to establish a cohesive design to visually expanding a room with trusted tricks and techniques, interior designers are the experts in giving a 10% boost to a space. For homeowners, this enhancement needs to be factored into the budget. In the Philippines, interior designers have specific fees which can be personally discussed, though most are able to work on the homeowners’ budget given some leeway.
Furnishing your one-bedroom unit does not have to be a headache, once you decide which unit to call home. The key is tapping the right people, using the right resources, or having the right amount of patience so all the pieces (of furniture) will fall into place and create the home you’ve always wanted. Start your journey at avidaland.com.