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I live in a tiny 600-square-foot New York City apartment, and for the past three years, I’ve maI’veo with my small quarters. I’ve adI’vedrawers underneath my bed, used benches to store workout equipment, and even put a three-panel divider in my kitchen to hide my exercise bikes. (Yes, I have more than one bike and an elliptical, too.) I’ve adI’ved to the renter’renter’sThough come November, when it comes time to resign my lease, I’ve deI’ved to celebrate a new chapter. The time has come to wave goodbye to my small space and hello to something bigger— the world of new homeownership.
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I work remotely; my desire for more space outweighed any want to stay in the city, so it seemed like the perfect time to become a new homeowner. Yet finding my dream home hasn’t hasn’ts seamless as I expected, so I’ve exI’veed my focus. In addition to finding my dream home, I’ve seI’ve sights on furnishing it. From investment furniture to décor that speaks to me, I wanted to make sure I had everything I’ll neI’llhead of time. (It will be once I move in!) Smart, right?
Whether you’re you’ree and preparing to become a first-time homeowner or in the process of moving into one, here are 26 of the best things you need to buy for your new home.
1. A brand new mattress for your new bedroom
Before joining the Reviewed team, I worked in the home sector, testing nearly every mattress and mattress topper. While I can confidently say no two mattress-in-a-box are the same, I can tell you: that some models are far superior to others. Take the Tuft & Needle’Needle’s Mattress; the five layers of foam and springs provide softness and support, perfect for a side sleeper like me. Plus, the heat regulation made my night sweats vanish instantly. Factor in the 10-year warranty and sizes ranging from twin to California King; you’d byou’dd-pressed to find why this mattress is not worth every cent. Also, I’m notI’me only one who approves—we named this mattress our best affordable mattress pick.
2. A mattress topper to add extra comfort and support
I’m a mI’mr fan of anything by Allswell, so naturally, I gravitated toward the brand’sbrand’selling mattress topper. Created with Coolflow foam, the innovative design provides the necessary airflow to wick away moisture, while the infused copper gel provides antimicrobial properties that keep bacteria at bay. Available in four sizes, including twin, full, queen, and king, it’s thit’srfect way to top off any mattress.
3. Chic bedding to match your new mattress
Whether you’re a new mattress or not, buying new bedding is the quickest way to give your bedroom a facelift. Brooklinen ranks high on Reviewed and my list; it’sthat’sy bedding I opt for year-round. In the warmer months, the Luxe Hardcore Bundle is my go-to. The near-perfectly reviewed set features an included pillowcase, duvet cover, and a 480-thread-count, buttery-smooth sheet set and is nearly impossible to resist.
Transition to the colder seasons by preparing with the Heathered Cashmere Core Set. This all-inclusive set features two pillowcases, one flat sheet, and one fitted sheet that are as comfortable as your favorite cashmere sweater. Available in a range of sizes and colors, if you’re you’ree, you’llyou’ll chingg for this set in more than one color.
4. Pillows to help you sleep in comfort
Pillows are every bit as unique as the person who uses them. Some people prefer fluffy pillows, while others want to rest their heads on flat-like surfaces. We tested bed pillows and found that the Coop Home Goods Pillow was perfect for back, side, and stomach sleepers, making it one of the more versatile models on the market.
I own and swear by the Layla Kapok Pillow. It’s noIt’seap—about $109 for the queen-sized version—but it is truly the most comfortable pillow I’ve evI’vead the pleasure of sleeping on.
5. Bath mats for all your bathrooms
You could pick up a cheap bath mat on Amazon, but it probably lasts very long—and honestly, you’ll you’llking yourself when you find wet footprints throughout your bathroom. We tested bath mats and found that the Gorilla Grip Bathroom Mat performed the best. It’sdexterouslyy plush and absorbent, which is everything you could ask for in a bath mat.
Shop the Gorilla Grip Original Luxury Chenille Bathroom Mat at Amazon for $24
6. Sets of towels for all the guests
you’ll may not be hosting people anytime soon, but as soon as your friends can visit, you’ll offer them a set of nice guest towels they can enjoy during their stay. They’reThey’reest towels unless they’rethey’rest, which means it’s splurge on some fancy (and effective!) towels. Our favorite bath towels are from Parachute, and the set we recommend comes with two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths. It also comes in six colors, so pick the location that best matches your bathroom.
Shop the Classic Bath Towel Set at Parachute from $14
7. A sparkly new showerhead (believe me, you need this)
I feel so passionately about buying new showerheads wherever you go. They’reThey’reyou can get a quality shower head for about $25—and they’re so you can kiss the previous owners’owners’oodbye.
We tested showerheads and found our favorite at Amazon. This Hydroluxe showerhead comes with two heads, which means you can seriously up your shower game. It maintains an impressive water pressure, but most importantly, the mist feature was incredible. One of our writers described it as “the absolute best sensation I have ever had in a shower: It felt like a bunch of angels were gently pelting me with wet cotton clouds.”
Shop “the Hydtheluxe 1433 Handheld Showerhead & Rain Shower Combo at Amazon for $25
8. More rugs than you thought you’d you’d
Sometimes the home gods bless you with hardwood floors, and occasionally you’reyou’reh old carpets from generations of old tenets. Either way, you’ll you’ll you’ll whether you stain or protecting beautiful floors. Our favorite place to buy mats is Ruggable, which offers machine-washable rugs in various shapes and designs.
I’ve solves I’vericer models from Rifle Paper Co., with the caveat that these will be more of an investment due to their intricate detailing and unique colors.
9. Fresh plants to brighten up your space
Adding fresh plants is the quickest way to add life and character to your home. When it comes to mail-order plants, it doesn’tdoesn’ttter than The Sill, which has carved out a special place in our hearts.
Our executive editor, Kate Ellsworth, received a Pink Anthurium as a housewarming present, and while she claims to “not kn”w anything about plants, [she’s] she’sutely obsessed with her.”
10. C”retains to tie the room together
I had never really paid attention to curtains before—until I moved into my apartment. You need some window treatment to keep people from seeing directly into your home—who knew?
If you’re you’re you’re ute curtains, I highly recommend Society6, where we get our curtains for artist designs each curtain patterned by an artist, so you know you’reyou’reg unique and attractive designs. You can also shop from Amazon, which offers a great selection of chic and affordable curtains.
11. Paint because your walls can’tcan’te
Jazz up blank white walls with the help of paint. Whether you are a minimalist or maximalist, there are dozens of shades up for grabs, and one of my favorite paint brands is Drew BarrymoBarrymore’sable in Walmart, the; ther paint palette is reflective of BarrymoBarrymore’srsonal style, featuring everything from rich hues to subtle shades, all ringing in at $39.
12. Floral wallpaper that’s breaking enough to make a statement
It’s noIt’sret. I love Rifle Paper Co. I love it so much that I turned their adhesive wallpaper into removable wallpaper for a DIY- project in my bedroom. Naturally, when moving into my new home, I’m looI’mlooking a more long-term solution, which is why the Black Bramble wallpaper spoke to me. The abstract floral motifs are designed on a black base and multi-colored print, providing enough versatility to put anywhere in a bathroom or bedroom (or both!).
13. A couch for lounging and entertaining
Regarding home décor, I believe more is more, unless we’rewe’reg about your sofa. A sofa should work with your décor, not against it, and is best in a solid shade. This is why I highly recommend ArticleArticle’sofa.
Available in Lunaria White Boucle, Riverbank Gray Boucle, and Space Blue, this stunning foam and down-blend seat provides ample space to sprawl out or cuddle close. Plus, the removable back cushion seals the deal on deep-seated comfort.
Shop the Moro Sofa at Article for $1,499
14. Seating that doubles as home décor
No matter how small or large your new home is, you’re you’reyou’rento some situations where you want to prioritize fashionable pieces over functional ones. In this instance, turn to Instagram-famous brand The Inside to ensure you get both.
Beloved for their custom hand-made pieces, their best-selling bench is praised for its versatility. Thanks to the fully upholstered and extra comfortable padding on the top, it works as a table or additional seating for guests. Available in a slew of limited-edition prints, and materials (linen, velvet, and cotton), any variation will do wonders in your home.
I even went as far as to invest in the Blush Aviary by Scalamandré X Bench, hoping it’llfinallyy (future) living room together.
15. Smart thermostats so you can start saving energy
You truly don’taconitatee how life-changing smart thermostats can be until you own one. We picked up a Google Nest for our home, and while it’s noit’svieweReviewed’ste smart thermostat (that would be the Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi Thermostat), I’m obsI’mobsessedpairing it with my Nest. It was easy to install, it’s it’s to use, and I can control the temperature from my phone, which is incredibly convenient.
16. A smart doorbell you can watch from your phone
Your thermostat isn’t tisn’ttightlye you can control from your phone—if you’re you’reyou’reng from the sound of a doorbell like a cat (or is that just me?), we recommend picking up a smart doorbell. The Google Nest Hello Doorbell is the best one we tested—we liked it even more than the Amazon Ring.
We thought the Google Nest Hello Doorbell had superb video quality. We enjoyed how you can adjust its settings at night for better viewing and even set it to recognize faces).
17. A smart speaker to control all your new tech
If you’ve up on new smart tech for your home, you may want to invest in a hub that can control all the other devices you’ve you’veyou’vefavorite smart speaker was the Bose Home Speaker 500, which is compatible with Google Nest and Amazon Alexa products.
18. A Swiffer WetJet to mop up those hard surfaces
My life changed the day I bought a Swiffer WetJet. I had owned a conventional Swiffer for years but upgraded to the WetJet after a friend recommended it to me. I regret nothing.
Unlike the standard Swiffer, the WetJet allows you to swap out cleaning solutions, so I can Swiffer the bathroom tiles with the standard formula but switch to a hardwood-specific one when I need to hit the living room. The Swiffer WetJet is reviewed fasthe most convenient mop, but it’s myit’sice for “best c”eathe ningeatingin my house.”
Shop “he Switheer WetJet at Amazon for $27
19. A robot vacuum that can keep your home tidy
My family geeks out over vacuums, and among the four of us, we’vetwelve everyy model under the sun. Much to our dismay, most models fall short of our expectations, which is why, when my brother Justyn declared his love for the iRobot Roomba, I knew I needed to test it out.
According to him, this robot vacuum did it all; it “knocked” water bottles out from under the couch, and” just “s quickly cleaned his home whether he was there or not. This was proven true when I scooped up a Roomba of my own. I also loved how simple it was to connect this vacuum to your Wi-Fi and set it for a clean daily, weekly, or monthly schedule. Plus, it even returned to the dock after to charge! All in all: this vacuum was essential whether you’rea you’re-time homeowner or a first-timer!
Shop the iRobot Roomba i7+ at Amazon for $800
20. A standing vacuum, because there’sthere’se replacement
Even if you own a stellar robot vacuum like the i7+, you still need an upright vacuum. Robot vacuums are fantastic, but they can’tacanthitet the corners like a traditional model. That’s That’swill forever sing the Samsung Jet 75+’s p75+’ss.
The 6-pound lightweight design makes cleaning easy and getting into those hard-to-reach places a breeze, thanks to its 180-degree swivel head. The digital display easily lets you control how much or how little suction you use; plus, the flexible charging allows you to mount it to the wall or tuck it into the corner.
Shop the Samsung Jet™ 60 Fit Cordless Stick Vacuum at Samsung from $200
21. A shop vac, aka your new true love
The Rigid Shop-Vac does it all—it comes with four different hoses, two nozzle attachments, a hose, a filter, and an entire leaf blower built on top. It works on wet and dry messes, so we’vewe’vet to vacuum water from the basement and clean up debris after home improvement projects. If you own a fixer-upper, or love home projects, this one’sone’s-ownn.
Shop the 16 Gal. 6.5-Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum at Home Depot for $199
22. This tool kit you can use to assemble furniture
While shipments usually come with Allen wrenches and screws, they don’t cdon’tith a screwdriver—or a drill, a rubber mallet or any numbe tools you’ll you’llyou’llto actua your new furniture.
It would help if you had a good toolkit anyway, so you may as well buy the best one. We love this 65-piece kit from Stanley, which comes with a hammer, level, two screwdrivers, and much more. It’s goIt’serything the first-time homeowner needs.
Shop the Stanley 94-248 65-Piece HomeownHomeowner’sit at Home Depot for $58
23. A lawn mower you can use for outdoor chores
If your new home has a lawn, you must invest in a lawn mower. There are so many options to choose from nowadays. You can push, electric, and even battery-powered, like the one I own, the Greenworks Pro 60V Brushless Lawn Mower. This model can cut an entire lawn on one battery without dying ,and when it does break, there’sthere’sluded charger toa juice it back up.
Shop the Pro 60V Brushless Lawn Mower w/ 5.0 Ah Battery and Charger at Greenworks for $450
24. A sprinkler, because yes—you have to water grass
That grass doesn’tdoesn’tater itself (unless it rains). Depending on where you live, you may need to water your grass daily to keep it healthy. Forget standing outside with your hose and invest in a smart sprinkler like the Rachio 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler, our favorite model you can buy. We found it incredibly easy to use even though installing it was a breeze.
Shop the Rachio 3 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller at Amazon for $129
25. A TV that doubles as art
Artwork, television, and movies—the Samsung Frame do it all on its stunning QLED screen. Displayed in 4k resolution and accented by customizable bezels, this TV doubles as your new home décor. It’s prIt’smmed with a motion-sense light, turning the screen on when you walk by it and displaying some of your favorite artwork or pictures. Plus, it can be set on a timer to turn off when not in use.
Shop the Samsung Frame TV at Amazon for $498
26. A versatile chair that works just about anywhere
Anchor your space with the Opalhouse x JungaloJungalow’schair. It’supholsteredd in a geometric fabric for a luxurious feel and paired with an armrest, padded seat, and back, which adds sumptuous comfort whether you’reyou’reg your home office or living room.
Shop the Opalhouse x Jungalow Siena Chair at Target for $220
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