Checklist for furnishing a home

Updated March 20, 2017

Moving into your first home can be an exciting experience. Furnishing your home may not be so exciting. It can be overwhelming when deciding what items you need. Each home is different so adjust your list according to your needs.


You spend the most time at home in your bedroom. Your bedroom stores almost all your personal items and clothing. In your bedroom, you should have a mattress and bed frame and pillows, blankets, comforter and sheets for your bed. Other furniture you should include is a dresser, nightstand, chair and mirror. You will also need hangers, lamp, telephone and an alarm clock.

Living Room

Your living room is the place you and your guests will socialise. It is important to make your living room comfortable and friendly. In your living room, you should include a sofa or chairs, side tables, entertainment centre, bookcase, coffee table, lamps and coasters. You may wish to include electronics such as a television, stereo, video game console and a DVD player.


A kitchen can include many appliances, furniture and utensils. You may wish to purchase a microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender, mixer and food processor. Although these appliances are optional, they are common for food preparation. You also need plates, bowls, glassware, pots and pans, can opener, silverware, spatulas and a table with chairs. You may need to purchase a refrigerator and stove, if not included in your home.


If you plan to include an office or study area, you need to purchase the furnishings for this area. Common furnishings for an office are a desk, chair, computer, bookshelf, file cabinet and lamp. You also need a computer and printer and small office tools such as a stapler, pencils, pens and paper.

Bathroom and Cleaning Supplies

To keep yourself and your home clean, you must purchase cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies to consider are sponges, cleaning chemicals, broom, mop, dusting cloths, plunger, toilet brush and a vacuum cleaner. You also need towels and washcloths and personal hygiene items.

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Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.