Drawing Up a Furniture Plan

A room-by-room guide to furnishing your log home.

Furniture Plan

By Peter Lindblad

A full house is a pretty good poker hand. When it comes to furnishing your log home, that's exactly what you want: a full house.

To make sure you have enough money to adequately furnish it, plan to spend about 10 to 15 percent of the cost of your home on furniture and decor.

A furniture plan can help you manage your budget. Assess each room's furniture needs and prioritize.

Deciding what's important and what's not can help you save money.


As far as furniture is concerned, you'll probably require a sofa, or two depending on the size of the room. Prices range from $600 all the way to $20,000. To go with the sofa, you'll probably need at least two chairs.

A good recliner costs about $800, but you can spend more than $2,000 on a living room chair.

 A couple of end tables, a coffee table, a minimum of three lamps, an area rug and a sofa table complete the room.

Refinishing old tables and reupholstering furniture you already have can save you money. You can buy a quality area rug for $700 to $800. A sisal floor mat is an inexpensive alternative.

Accents. Green houseplants and fresh cut flowers add splashes of color, and personal effects like books or framed family photographs can personalize the area. Wondering what to put over the fireplace mantel?
Paintings or sculptures can be expensive unless you know where to shop. Instead of going to an art gallery, try a thrift shop or retail store like Target.

Needs. Lots of log home kitchens have islands. It's a functional piece of furniture used often in food preparation. Butcherblock islands help create a country look and many are affordable. Prices range from $299 to $1,400.

Other kitchen furniture includes hutches, cupboards, chairs, stools, bakers racks, tables, carts and servers. Hutches with sideboards cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

The main piece of furniture in a dining room is the dining table. Buy one at a resale shop and it might cost around $800. A custom made one can run $10,000.

Accents. Traditionally, kitchens and dining rooms are good places to showcase collectibles. Pictures and hanging art can bring kitchen and dining spaces alive.

Needs. Along with a nightstand, a bedroom has to have a bed. Log beds are popular choices for log home owners. They can cost as little as $600 retail, or $300 in resale shops.

Reasonably though, you can expect to pay $1,200 to $1,400 for a bed with siderails and footrails. The high end is $5,000. To outfit a child's room, hit the resale shops. You can find bunk beds or twin beds for $300.

A good size nightstand can run anywhere from $600 to $1,500. Depending on your closet space and what kind of built-ins you have, you may not need a dresser.

You should have three lamps, one on each nightstand for mood lighting near the bed and a floor lamp over any chairs.

Accents. Your bedroom decor will center around bed linens. You can outfit a bed with coordinated store-bought linens for $400 or less if you go to a resale shop. Collectibles like an antique gun collection can personalize the space.

Basic bath furniture includes different types of cabinets, towel trees, stands, towel warmers, vanities, stools and mirrors.

The most expensive items are unique sinks and vanities. A sink in a chest can run as high as $2,200, while a nice pedestal lavatory costs around $500.

Accents. Painting is an inexpensive way to add splashes of color. Often, the bathrooms of a log home don't have log walls, so you can paint the room an accent color. Try showcasing colorful towels in a series of baskets.

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To read the full story and get more tips on creating a budget for your design plan, check out the April 2004 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.