Things you’ll need

When you’re buying household items it’s important to start by buying the essentials.

Where to get furniture

When you're looking for furniture you could save money by:

  • checking if friends and family have any furniture you could have
  • searching on Gumtree
  • visiting your local charity shop or second hand shop
  • looking for free items on Freecycle  


Bedroom furniture

In your bedroom you will need:

  • bedframe
  • mattress
  • wardrobe
  • chest of drawers

Kitchen and dining furniture

You will need:

  • fridge and freezer
  • table
  • dining chairs
  • microwave
  • kettle
  • toaster

Living room furniture

In your living room you will need:

  • TV
  • Comfy chair or sofa

Other items


  • Bed sheets
  • Duvet and cover
  • Pillows and pillow cases


  • Plates and bowls
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Cutlery
  • Frying pan and saucepans
  • Utensils such as wooden spoons, colander, bottle and can openers
  • Chopping board
  • Oven gloves
  • Dish towels
  • Drying rack


  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush and shower curtain (if not supplied)


  • Food
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bins
  • Bin bags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Lamps
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension lead