What do I need to buy for my first unfurnished home?

unfurnished flat

Moving into a new home is an exciting time. Your own place gives you freedom and space to enjoy. With the added benefit of an unfurnished property, you have the opportunity to design the space however you want to.

However, before moving in, furnishing your home can seem daunting. You might not know what you need or which items should be essential. If you are working on a smaller budget, you might need to wait a while before making luxury purchases.

When moving into a new place, there are some essential items that you will need to make your transition as smooth as possible. This checklist will help you remember what those items are so that you can start packing and preparing for your move without any stress or anxiety.


Some critical pieces of furniture will be vital to the comfort and homeliness of your new property. When first moving into an unfurnished flat or house,  it can be challenging to know what to get, especially if you are on a budget.

Some essentials that you may want to consider purchasing include:

  • A sofa or couch for relaxing and watching TV
  • Beds and bedding for sleeping
  • Dining table and chairs for food and socialising
  • Entertainment centre with a TV

Some of these purchases will be expensive, so it is essential to list what you want or need and budget accordingly. There are plenty of ways to upcycle second-hand furniture, and don’t be ashamed to take hand-me-downs from family and friends. These could save you hundreds of pounds during the early stages of your move.


Certain appliances, especially many of those required in the kitchen, are essential for your day to day activities such as cooking and cleaning. 

  • A fridge/freezer to store your food
  • A stove or oven for cooking your meals
  • A microwave for quick and easy meals
  • A washing machine/dryer  for laundry
  • A vacuum cleaner for dust and dirt

Although you may be moving into an unfurnished flat or house, some of these appliances might already be available at the property. For example, if the previous owners or landlords have fitted an integrated kitchen, you might find that there is already an oven, stove, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Check what is already at the property before making additional large unnecessary purchases.


In this day and age, most of us rely heavily on technology to get us through the day. You will need certain electronics to stay connected with work, school, and your social life.

  • A television
  • A printer
  • An internet connection 
  • A phone

As you build your home, you might decide to integrate smart appliances and electronics that can make your life easier. However, there are some essentials that you will want to invest in when moving into an unfurnished property.


The bathroom is another area of the house where you will need some essential equipment to maintain hygiene and cleanliness.

  • A toilet brush and holder to keep your toilet clean 
  • A toilet plunger in case of any clogs
  • A bath mat to prevent slipping
  • A shower curtain and hooks to keep water from spilling out
  • Towels for drying off after a shower or bath
  • Trash can for disposing of any rubbish

Plenty of excited movers tend to forget about the bits and pieces that are needed in the bathroom.  Taking a look at this checklist will make it easy to remember what items you need for your new home.


Your bedroom should be a haven where you can relax and escape the outside world. To make your bedroom this oasis, you will need some essential items.

  • A bed frame and mattress
  • Bedding including sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • A dresser or chest of drawers to store your clothes
  • A nightstand or bedside table for placing small items like a lamp and alarm clock
  • A wardrobe or closet to keep your clothing organised and out of sight

The bedroom is perhaps one of the essential rooms to arrange as you move into your home. With sleep being one of the most critical factors in emotion and stress regulation, you must set up your bedroom to allow for a peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep. You can create the perfect space to unwind after a long day with the essential items listed above.


Of course, you will want to personalise your new home and make it feel like your own. But decorations can also be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

  • Curtains or blinds for privacy and light control
  • Rugs or carpets to add warmth and comfort
  • Wall art or photos to add personality and character to your space

Depending on your budget, you can install high-end decorative pieces or upcycle your existing items to make them look new and create a personal touch.


Last but not least, you might be lucky enough to enjoy a gorgeous outdoor space with your new property.  This can be an enjoyable place to enjoy nature and fresh air.

Some of the items you might need to enjoy this space can include:

  • Garden furniture such as a table and chairs
  • Pots for planting flowers or vegetables
  • A lawnmower for keeping your grass neat and tidy 
  • A hosepipe for watering your plants
  • A wheelbarrow for carrying gardening supplies around

Final Thoughts

With this checklist in hand, you will be able to move into your new home with confidence, knowing that you have everything you need to make your transition smooth and stress-free. Enjoy decorating and personalising your unique space to make it truly your own.

Other Moving Home Essentials:

At Moving Sorted, we’re all about making the moving process stress-free and simple. That’s why, with this checklist, you’ll have the confidence you need to make some important purchases for your new home. Before moving, its important to think about the other essentials that you might also need along the way. If you’re looking for quick and easy moving experiences, consider our conveyancing, removals and switching services.