Whether it's your first apartment or third house, deciding on a new space can be both exciting and overwhelming. Model homes are often designed to a T, and it can be very expensive to purchase the same furniture found in the model. Empty spaces up for rent or sale can initially appear roomy and functional but once you move all of your furniture in, you realize it's a lot smaller. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your future space meets all of your needs. Keep these tips in mind to make the process easy and stress-free!
1. Make a list of your Needs vs. Wants
Create a list of everything you want your space to have. Then sort them into “Needs” and “Wants” categories. Is your own office space necessary, or could you live without it? Are three bedrooms a must, or will you settle for two? Think hard about which category each item on your list falls into, then stick to it.
2. TV placement is everything
When looking at a potential living room, the first thing you mentally want to place is the TV, followed immediately by the couch. Fireplaces make nice living room centerpieces, but if you decide to place your TV above it, will you be craning your neck every week to watch How to Get Away With Murder? Picturing your ideal TV-couch combo is the first crucial step to building a living room that works for you.
3. Open floor plans allow for more family interaction
Is your future kitchen closed off from the rest of the living space? If so, you might want to rethink your selection. Open floorplans (i.e. kitchens that open up to the living room and the like) allow for more friend and family interactions. Double points if you can watch the living room TV while cooking!
4. Let there be light!
Take stock of the natural light the space provides. Lots of natural light can lower electricity costs by 20-60%. Increased sunlight has also been linked to increased productivity and serotonin levels, and is known to regulate your circadian rhythm. One tip though- try not to place your TV directly across from your main source of daylight unless you’re willing to combat the glare when watching your favorite shows!
What do you like to keep in mind when searching for a new space? What are your needs vs. wants? Let us know in the comments below!