Things You Need For Your First Home – The Ultimate Home Essentials List

Home Essentials

If you’re about to move in to your first home or apartment, you’ve probably already started thinking about what essentials you need to get. Most people will remember to get the big things like a bed, couch and a TV, but there is so much more you need to have a fully functioning home.

We’ve created a checklist for each room / “category” that you could print out and use when you’re in your local homeware store, to make sure you won’t forget anything. Our list covers all the necessary things you need for your first home, plus some other useful additions that will help you make the most of your home.


Kitchen Essentials For New Home

The kitchen is usually the hardest room to organize and stock with the stuff that you need, as there are loads of things you’ll have to remember to get before you’re able to start cooking your own food, eat and serve guests. Our kitchen essentials list should contain everything you need for every occasion in the kitchen.

Eating and Drinking:

  • Glassware
  • Plates
  • Silverware (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Silverware organizer
  • Serving platter
  • Coffee mug and teacups
  • Bowls (Salad, fruit, soup)
  • Mugs
  • Salt and pepper set
  • Food storage containers

Food preparation:

  • Chef’s knife
  • Paring knife
  • Bread knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Cutting board
  • Pots and pans
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Colander
  • Potato masher
  • Salad spinner
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Grater
  • Rolling pin
  • Scissor
  • Utensils (Tongs, whisks, spatulas, stirring spoons, ladles and skimmers)
  • Baking sheet pans
  • Splatter guard
  • Casserole dish
  • Oven mitts
  • Trivet
  • Tupperware
  • Cooking thermometer

Appliances (Most of these aren’t necessities but would be a great addition to any modern kitchen):

Other kitchen essentials:

  • Trash bin and trash bags
  • Table and chairs
  • Dish rack
  • Icecube tray
  • Bread bin
  • Towels and sponges
  • Dish brush and dish brush holder
  • Dish towel
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towel and paper towel holder
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminium foil, parchment paper, plastic wrap paper
  • Napkins


Bathroom Essentials Checklist

Most bathrooms comes with an already fitted toilet, sink, mirror, shower and/or bathtub, but there is also some other necessities that you need to have:

  • Toilet brush (with holder)
  • Plunger
  • Toilet paper (and holder)
  • Bath towels and bath sheets
  • Bath mat
  • Hand soap
  • Hand towels
  • Towel hooks
  • Wash cloths
  • Shower caddy
  • Hair dryer
  • Weighing scale
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Trash can


Bedroom Essentials

A bed is obviously the most important thing you need in your bedroom, but there is also some other things you need that you might have forgotten about:

  • Mattress
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Closet (hanging closet rod, hanging shelves, shelf organizers, drawer organizer, storage bins)
  • Closet hangers
  • Curtains
  • Chest of drawers
  • Bed sheets and pillow cases (check the size of your mattress before you buy bed sheets)
  • Comforter / duvet
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillows
  • Alarm clock


Living Room

  • TV (Check out our list of the best 4K TV’s under $1000)
  • TV-stand
  • Sound system (Check out our list of the best soundbars under $400)
  • Coffee table
  • Couch
  • Armchair(s)
  • Lamps (ceiling lamp, floor lamp, wall lamps)
  • Curtains (curtain rod, curtain blinds)
  • Bookshelf
  • CD / DVD / Blu-ray / video-games storage
  • Coasters
  • Decoration (candles, throw pillows, tablecloths, artwork, photo frames, plants, vases, ornaments)
  • Area rug
  • Streaming service for your TV (NetflixHBOAmazon videoShowtimeHulu, etc)


The Rest of The House

Depending on the size and numbers of room in your home, you may have some extra spaces that needs furnishing. Our list contains a few items that you may want for each of these common areas of your home:


  • Door mat
  • Area rug
  • Hooks or hangers for coats, etc
  • Shoe rack
  • Shoe horn
  • Small table / bench
  • Lamp

Home Office:

  • Desk
  • Office Chair(s)
  • Computer / laptop (monitor)
  • Printer
  • Bookshelf
  • Lamps (desk, ceiling, wall)
  • Filing cabinet
  • Office supplies (Pens & pencils, printer paper, batteries, etc)
  • Extension cord
  • Trash can

Dining Area:

  • Table and chairs
  • Table cloth and / or table runner
  • Tablemaths
  • Decoration (candles and candlesticks, vases, etc)



There are also a bunch of other things you’ll need, for cleaning as well as some safety, DIY and laundry equipment:


  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop and bucket
  • Brush and dustpan
  • Wiping cloths, sponges and scrubbers
  • Cleaning materials (floor, window, bathroom and kitchen sprays, etc)


  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Home security alarm system
  • Flashlight


  • Washing machine
  • Clothes horse
  • Laundry basket
  • Iron
  • Ironing board and cover


  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Selection of screwdrivers and screws
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Folding rule
  • Plug extension leads
  • Picture hooks / hangers
  • Duct tape


  • First-Aid kit (bandages and plasters, small scissors and tweezers, ice pack, antibiotic ointment, disinfectants, pain relievers, body temperature thermometer)
  • Matchsticks
  • Surge protectors (power strip)
  • Radio
  • Indoor / outdoor thermometer
  • Ethernet cables
  • Mirror(s)
  • Grill
  • Lawnmover


Some Other Things to Consider

When moving in to a new place, you’ll want to make sure you’re in the possession of all the keys for your new home. It’s impossible to know for certain what the previous owner(s) have done with their keys and how many copies of the keys that are floating around out there. Changing the locks, or have your locks changed or re keyed is definitely an option you should consider, when you’re moving in to a new home.

You may also want to have a security safe where you can store all your valuables and have them protected. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive and biggest safe, as just a basic one would be better than nothing at all.

A Internet modem and a wifi-router is a must have for most people these days. These two essential items are usually provided by your cable company, but it could be a good idea to get it sorted before you’re moving in.


How to Furnish a New Home Without Spending a Fortune

This list might seem daunting, as it makes you realize how much a new home need to function properly, and because you’ve probably already spent a lot of money on buying the new home in the first place. However, there are some things you could do to keep your costs down, while still being able to make the most of your new home.

  • Ask your family or friends for any spare items that they don’t need anymore
  • Try to buy most of the new things you need when it’s on sale (furniture shops, appliance and electronics stores, homeware stores like IKEA, etc)
  • Shop at auctions – Great place for picking up furniture and other items for your new home
  • Check out online marketplaces that sell used items – Some sites (like Craigslist) also have a free “section” where people give away things for free.


Feel free to leave us a comment, if you found our list of all the things you need for your first home to be useful, or if you’ve got anything else you’d like to share. Good luck in your new place!

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