The Ultimate Furnishing A New Home Checklist

By Alex Konrad | December 28, 2021

Congratulations are in order, so let us be the first to tell you well done and welcome home. You’ve got a new space, and it’s time to make it all your own. If you’re coming from a small apartment or just starting out, you’re going to find a lot of empty space to fill. 

You could fill your new space with whatever you first find at a big-box furniture store, or perhaps a ready-made suite for each room. At Modloft, we believe those methods are a little trite. We believe in intention, purpose, and beauty. 

If you fill your home with beautiful, intentional things, you will naturally create a beautiful and intentional life. Fill your home with pieces that are mass manufactured and quickly replicated, and you’ll likely end up bored with your home’s look or find yourself in need of replacing furniture faster than if you’d purchased a sturdier option. 

Furnishing your new home is an exciting experience, but it can be a little overwhelming. Take the headache out of the mix and use our helpful guide to furnishing your new home. We’ll tell you where to start, the basic must-haves every home needs, and the extras you should definitely consider. 

Where to Begin

The bedroom. You literally always begin here. Why? You need to sleep. If you buy nothing else to furnish your new space in the first week you own it, make it your bed, mattress, and frame. It may seem out of order (shouldn’t you look for a sofa first?), but trust us, weeks of unpacking boxes, coating walls with paint, and shopping for essentials will leave you tired. You’re going to need your bed. 

Let’s break down the must-haves room by room. 

The Bedroom

Once you’ve secured your bed, mattress, and frame, it’s a good idea to find the remaining pieces of the bedroom furniture puzzle. The classic bedroom also contains a dresser and a nightstand. You can also add a mirror above your dresser or a television if catching the 10:00 news in bed is more your speed. 

Other bedroom essentials you’ll need:

The Kitchen

After you secure your sleeping arrangements, it’s time to move on to the kitchen (we promise, the living room sofa is coming). Covering your basic needs first (sleeping and eating) will make furnishing your home a lot easier. 

A kitchen doesn’t necessarily require any furniture unless your kitchen has a bar area that needs bar stools or a breakfast nook that should house a small dinette set. If you don’t need either of these, you’ll definitely need some (or all) of the items below. 

Obviously, there are numerous kitchen gadgets, appliances, and extras you’ll eventually want, but this list is enough to get you started and keep you functioning (we’re looking at you, coffee pot) for the first few weeks. 

The Living Room

It’s time to start shopping for that sofa. Whether you’ve got your heart set on a modern piece that features clean, simplistic lines or a contemporary sofa made with unexpected materials, the most important considerations are your space and needs. You can’t have a sofa that is too big for your space, and you shouldn’t have one so small it doesn’t meet your needs. 

In addition to your sofa, you’ll likely want:

The amount of space and how minimalist you prefer your style will determine how many pieces of furniture you’ll want in your living space. Remember that comfort and functionality are the keys to creating a space where you actually want to spend your time. 

There are no other real “necessities” for your living room, so we’ll cover some extras in a bit. 

Dining Room

Your formal dining room can be a fully functioning room that sees a lot of use, if you decide to furnish it properly. Your dining room needs furniture that isn’t just beautiful in structure; it must be usable in function. If your dining room looks too elegant compared to the rest of your home, it can take on a museum-like feel. 

Look for dining room sets that fit your lifestyle. For instance, if you don’t host many dinner guests and are a party of one, a small table that seats four guests will likely be sufficient. On the other hand, if you have a larger family or entertain quite frequently, an eight-seat table would probably be a better option. If you don’t have that much space, shop for an expandable dining table. 

Your dining room isn’t complete without the perfect chairs. Chairs should be comfortable but never ordinary. At Modloft, we believe even a simple chair can be a work of art. 

Lastly, consider the use of a sideboard in your dining room. This storage unit is made to house china, stemware, and flatware that isn’t often used or is overflow from your kitchen cabinets. A sideboard can be a lifesaver if you are limited on kitchen cabinet space. 

The Home Office

So many of us are now working from home either on a full-time or part-time basis that a home office is now somewhat of a standard necessity. Your home office will need a desk, with or without storage, depending on your needs and tastes. 

If you have a large library or an excessive amount of files, you may even require additional storage in the form of a filing cabinet or bookcase. 

Lastly, you’ll need an office chair, and the more comfort, the better. Pro tip: shop for chairs from a company that allows you a thirty-day in-home trial so you can make sure your chair is comfortable for the number of hours you’ll spend sitting in it. 

Your other office essentials: 


The entryway sets the tone and style of the entire house. It either invites guests in or feels cold and unwelcoming. Make sure your entryway greets your guests with meticulous modern luxury and provides guests a place to drape a jacket or sit to remove shoes. 

A great bench can not only be beautiful but functional in this space. It’s a great option for any size foyer and is effortlessly effective. 

Your entryway should also be outfitted with: 

All the Extras

You’ve got the basics; now it’s time to add extras. The extras build upon the modern contemporary style of your home and help it look polished and finished. Here’s how to add the most decorative flair effortlessly. 

  1. Bedroom. A little color goes a long way. Think of using color in terms of the 60-30-10 rule: 60% of your room should be decorated with your primary color, 30% should be your accent color, 10% should be a tertiary color.
    You can use color for walls, bed linens, and rugs.
    You may also consider hanging wall art for your bedroom or a bench or chest if you have space at the foot of your bed. 
  2. Kitchen. Kitchen decor should remain simplistic; there’s no reason to overdo it in a space that will already be home to many small appliances and gadgets.
    Opt for a simple centerpiece on the island and the addition of a rug by your sink. Keep your decor touches small in this space, and let your cabinetry and appliances make statements themselves. 
  3. Living room. Area rugs, wall art, and throw pillow are the order of the day. You can create layers in your living space by adding different textures on top of your sofa and adding a rug that pulls everything together.
    Layering involves the use of color, pattern, materials, and texture. You can easily create depth and personality to a space by making sure you use a mix of colors and textures. 
  4. Dining Room. It’s easy to go overboard when adding design to your dining room. If you plan to use it on a regular basis, a place setting that has to be removed for each meal is probably not the best idea.
    Look for ways to add small touches to your dining room that help pull it together and make it complete. A table centerpiece, a mirror on the wall, or a beautiful pendant light can all enhance the decorative appeal of this room and help it look balanced. 

Need More Inspiration?

Throughout your home furnishing process, you are likely to get stuck and feel like you’ve run out of creative ideas. When this happens, turn to the Modloft gallery for inspiration from our customers who use our pieces and in their homes. 

Let Modloft’s designs and our customer’s creations inspire you to create a home that is uniquely yours. 



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