How to Decide What Does and Doesn’t Work in Your New Home 

Whether it’s your living room furniture that no longer fits the new wall paint or a dining table that’s not big enough anymore, you may end up looking for new household items that better accommodate your new house. 

Be it downsizing to a smaller home or upgrading to a large one, the chances of all your furniture fitting well into the new space are slim to none.


So, how can you decide what works and what doesn’t in your new house? Below, you will find a few tips and tricks to help you determine what items to keep and what you need to toss before shifting. 

The floor plan 

When deciding what works well for your new home, you must look at the updated floor plan, which accurately reflects the layout and measurements of your new home. 

A floor plan is a 2D diagram of the interior of your home, which provides you with a bird’s eye view of the property’s doors, walls, stairs, and all other features. 

This floor plan often includes volume measurements as well as room sizes. It would be best to use the home’s floor plan to decide what furniture and items fit perfectly in the new setting. 

Taking measurements 

After reviewing the new floor plan, you need to measure all the furniture you wish to shift to the new home. 

Compare these measurements to your new home’s dimensions. It is vital to figure out what fits before you start moving. By doing this, you can assess if you need any new furniture before proceeding. It would be best not to assume that all your old furniture and items will fit perfectly in the new space. 

For example, your current seating arrangement may be too large or too small for your new living room. In this case, you will have to think about: 

  • What kind of setting do you need for the new home
  • If there is any other area that your current couch can fit in the new house
  • If the existing furniture is worth keeping at all

Style of your home 

Your home’s architectural style can help you narrow down what items you can keep and what you need to toss when moving out. For instance, if your new home has a more traditional approach, then any contemporary furniture may not work well with the surroundings. 

The style of your home is also going to be influenced by its location. For example, a beach home is going to be very different from a mountain house. Your furniture doesn’t need to work well in all types of homes.  

Painting or reupholstering furniture 

If your current furniture does not work well with your new home’s style or overall color scheme, then there is no better way to make old furniture feel new again than by painting or reupholstering them to fit the unique setting. 

You can either hire a professional or do the reupholstering yourself. Doing this can help you save thousands of dollars on buying new furniture that matches your environment. 

Look what you can make work temporarily. 

Is there a way you can make your current furniture work in the new home? Finding and buying new household furniture and other items can take a lot of time and effort. 

If you are in a hurry, you may end up purchasing something you don’t genuinely love. It is best to avoid this mistake by trying out your current furniture in the new setting before buying any additional items. 

Working with what you already have will allow you to assess what you urgently need for the new home. 

Finalize a budget 

Can you afford any new furniture? Besides trying out all your old furniture in the new house, our team from Ryan Hartman Homes suggests you make a budget for all new furniture, accessories, and goods you need for the home. 

If buying new items is not within your budget, you will have to work with what you already have or look for new, budget-friendly pieces. 

However, if you have a flexible budget, you can look for new items more quickly and efficiently.  

Consider hiring professional help. 

Even though most people believe that hiring a professional is nothing but an added expense, it would be best to have a professional by your side. 

If your budget allows, then hiring an interior designer can help you develop a plan for all the rooms in your home. Not only will a professional help you select the most energy-efficient designs, but they will also keep your budget in check. They will adapt their design process to your current budget to fit all your needs and wants.  

What about the old stuff that does not work? 

From selling to storing, here are four suggestions to help you get rid of everything that does not fit in your new home: 

  • Donate it to a nonprofit or charity organization
  • Sell all items on an online marketplace
  • Place all excess items in a self-storage unit
  • Dispose of any junk furniture or household goods

We are professionals who know everything there is to know about homes. Ryan Hartman Homes has been in the industry since 1973, making us one of the oldest custom home builders in Dallas! For more such home tips and tricks, you can read our other blogs here. 

Ryan Hartman Custom Homes 

At Ryan Hartman Homes, we have the expertise and knowledge required to give you a home you truly desire. We specialize in build-on-your-lot projects. From location evaluation to budget, specifications, final plans, and execution, we can handle it all for you. 

We are available for an appointment whenever you need. If you live in and around Dallas, TX, give us a call at 972-741-5447 or contact us online, and we will provide you with a no-obligation meeting to better understand your desires, needs, dreams, and budget for the project.  



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