Say Yes to the Dresser The newlyweds guide to combining furniture

So you’re moving in with your betrothed and you both have full sets of furniture? I now pronounce you stylishly challenged.

These days, most couples who make a trip down the aisle are already living in their own fully furnished place—meaning their furniture needs to get married too. But from making his oversized recliner work with your vintage rocking chair, it’s a challenge to find design harmony (not to mention room for it all).

Yet before you attempt to make “frat house chic” the next big trend, allow our tips to guide you towards interior matrimony.

 

Take inventory:

Make a list of all the furniture that you both would like to move into the new home. Be sure to make special note of doubles, as well as items that will be particularly challenging to mix and match.

Bonus tip: 

Consider logging everything into a spreadsheet, and then use a numeric or color-coded system to rate your attachment from high to low. (This will come in handy during the purge step.)

 

Plan your space: 

Before you can decide what stays and what goes, you need to know exactly what fits. Draw a simple layout of each room, and measure both the room sizes and the furniture sizes. Be sure to include windows, closets, and doorways in your sketches.

Bonus tip: 

If you’re really committed to the task, make paper cutouts of the furniture to scale. This way, you can really play with layout options.

 

Find your style:

It doesn’t have to be a hard and final decision, but it’s good to get an idea of each other’s aesthetic. Do your tastes lean towards farmhouse chic? Is he a fan of all things modern? This will point you in the right direction of where to go (and where you’ll need to blend).

Bonus tip:

If you’re unsure of your style, make a Saturday afternoon date to browse home stores. Start in the home accent section and take note of the items that speak to you. This will most likely lead to some common themes. (Our newly revamped home accents are actually grouped according to style, making it really easy to navigate.)

 

Embrace the eclectic: 

Not only does your furniture not have to match, mixed materials are a huge trend right now. From combining styles like contemporary and traditional to materials like woods and metals, a thoughtful collaboration will make your home chic and memorable.

Bonus tip:

Keep one unifying element so the room doesn’t get too out of hand, like a dominant color story or a repeating pattern.

 

Prepare to purge: 

Even if you think you wear the style pants in this relationship, compromise is key when it comes to blending homes. Allow each other one veto and one save to keep this ceremony as civil as possible.

Bonus tip:

Just can’t agree on whose nightstand to keep? Then repurpose one with another use! A nightstand can make a cute entryway table by the front door, and that’s just one idea. See our This or That post for more multi-function ideas.

Fill in the gaps: 

Whether you just couldn’t agree and need a new dining table, or you need an area rug to pull together your sofa and his coffee table, enjoy your first shopping trip as a united front and fill in what’s left.

Bonus tip:

Take your time! Live in the space for at least a month before making any big purchases, as this will give you a more accurate idea of your needs. For example, you might originally think a sofa and loveseat is the way to go, only to realize that a sectional is a better fit.