If you’re becoming a sponsor or you’re simply moving to the UK as an immigrant, it’s not recommended to splurge on furniture and other living expenses. You need to keep a controlled budget. In this way, you will be able to afford your needs and wants while still being able to save a little. This will also guarantee your security even when in a new country.
Since shopping can get a bit overwhelming, we have listed some of the must-have furniture pieces that you should prioritize when shopping for a new life in the UK. You can use the following sections as a guide:
Once your sponsor license in the UK gets approved, the first and most important piece of furniture that you should get is a bed.
It’s up to you if you’ll get a mattress and simply lay it down on the floor or buy a whole bed frame. The former will cost less money. However, we recommend the latter more because of the naturally cold weather in the UK. Sleeping on a floor mattress can be convenient during the summer, but it will surely be bothersome in the winter seasons.
You will need a well-functioning refrigerator if you don’t want to deal with spoiled food and bigger expenses on food. Since it isn’t practical to eat outside every day, a fridge will help you plan your meals and save them for a day up to a whole week. This is also where you’ll be able to keep your water bottles and other beverages cold. It’s the same with desserts and other foods.
No matter if you’re still studying or you’re already working, getting a study table is a must. This can serve as your personal space if you want to work on some tasks. At the same time, this can be a placeholder for your things, papers, documents, and likes.
If you have the budget to purchase a good and reliable chair for your study table, it will be a lot better. Note that the price doesn’t necessarily matter here as long as you’re about its sturdiness.
You should also consider getting a stove for your kitchen if you plan on cooking your own food. It can be either a gas stove or electric stove, depending on your preference. If you think this will be too costly for you, you can consider alternatives like an electric cooker, a microwave, and others. These, however, can be inconvenient if you’re looking for an all-around cooking furniture piece.
Even if you’re not a fan of movies, sounds, and other forms of media broadcasts, you should still consider having either a radio or television in your home. This will help you keep up with the latest news around the UK, especially in terms of the weather, ongoing national issues, national alerts, and other relevant topics. Of course, it can also be a tool for your entertainment from time to time.
Next up, look for a sofa that will last you for a long time. This can serve as your second bed or something to welcome your guests in. No matter if you have a small or big flat, invest in a high-quality couch. Take into account factors like the material, length, weight limit, and the overall dimensions of the furniture.
Dining Table and Chairs
No matter if you live alone, with friends, or with your family, you should also get furniture pieces that will make up your dining set. If you want your house to stay clean and organized, then this is a must. Of course, this is unless it’s okay with you to just eat on your couch or your study table, which can be very messy.
If you live alone, then getting two chairs will probably be enough. Otherwise, you should consider buying a full set of four or up to how many members you’re with.
To cop better deals when buying furniture pieces, consider looking into secondhand stores or pre-owned listings on social media sites. Doing so will help you save more money in the long run. It can also be a way to buy more amenities rather than just sticking to the essentials.
Another thing to remember is to consider quality before quantity. You will end up spending more in the long run if you opt for cheap and low-quality ones. Some other things to consider are your home space, work or school needs, and the number of people living with you.
If you plan on sponsoring a family member, think of availing of sponsorship help from legal experts. You should do this before shopping for home furniture.
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