Congratulations on buying your first home! You’ve achieved the quintessential American dream—now you just need to furnish it. Don’t expect to purchase everything you’ll need in one marathon shopping trip. Take your time at the furniture and mattress store, and think about how each individual piece fits in with your overall design scheme. Remember that you don’t need to match every piece to the other pieces perfectly. It’s alright to mix and match, as long as the different elements will visually complement each other.

Figure out where to shop.

After making your down payment and signing up for 10 to 20 years of mortgage payments, it’s best to take a balanced approach toward furnishing your home. You can get the most bang for your buck by heading to a mattress store with a reputation for quality at affordable prices. Look for a retailer that offers “extras,” like free delivery and satisfaction guarantees.

Determine which pieces you want to splurge on.

It’s likely that you’ll spend a little more on certain pieces of furniture. Figure out what your priorities are before you shop. If a great night’s sleep is important to you, then you should definitely invest in the best mattress you can afford. If you enjoy having friends over, then look for a comfortable sofa or lounger that offers lots of seating.

Decide what you need to replace. 

You probably aren’t moving into your first home with no furniture to start with. Chances are, you’ve been hanging onto a legacy piece for a few years. Legacy pieces are those furnishings that hold sentimental value, and so you feel obligated to keep them even if you don’t really like them. If your legacy piece doesn’t complement your new space, consider giving it to a younger sibling or cousin, or donating it. You’ll be glad you did when you admire your beautiful new furniture.

Looking for high-quality furniture that won’t break the bank? Head over to one of Mancini’s Sleepworld’s 33 locations in California to shop our wide selection of mattresses, recliners and lift chairs, sofas and loungers, and accessories! Call (800) 647-5337.