Should I get furniture or decorate first?

I’m planning to get the hallways, stairs and bedrooms redecorated soon and need a few items of large furniture. Since it would be more difficult trying to decorate around this furniture or move it, I had planned to get it once the decorating was finished. However, thinking back, every time I’ve bought furniture or white goods in the past, the delivery guys have always caused extensive damage to the walls/flooring/skirting boards/doors. 

I’ve been reading a few threads where people have said the delivery companies are not liable for any damage and it’s up to the customer to protect the walls etc. I don’t know of any practical way to do that. So now I’m wondering if it’s better to get the furniture first, despite knowing it will be a real hassle for the decorators trying to manoeuvre around it. What do most people do? 

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  • Brie
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    The only hassle would be with rugs I think.  Everything else can be piled into the middle of the room or shifted from one side to the other.  All nicely draped with drop cloths.

    The problem to me is until I have the furniture I don't know what colour I want to paint the walls.  Which is probably why I would always go for white (magnolia) whereas my OH picks outrageous colour schemes.  Current discussion is what colour the kitchen walls should be to go with the slate coloured flooring and dark blue cupboards.  I suggested robin egg blue (so very pale) and he's looking into deep carmen/crimson/purple shades.  I've countered with something about a raw umber.....   

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  • FreeBear
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    edited 5 January at 8:01PM
    Brie said: Current discussion is what colour the kitchen walls should be to go with the slate coloured flooring and dark blue cupboards.  I suggested robin egg blue (so very pale) and he's looking into deep carmen/crimson/purple shades.  I've countered with something about a raw umber.....  
    Pale yellow - I did my kitchen in a very pale cadmium yellow polished plaster. For a north facing room with little natural light, a pale shade works well.
    Having decorated my stairwell recently and then maneuvered bulky stuff up the stairs, I'd say decorate afterwards. Got a couple of dings in the paper to deal with, and there will be more once I start knocking a bedroom around.

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  • Emily_Joy
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    Our movers didn't cause any damage to the existing decoration. But the furniture upstairs is mainly IKEA, so was disassembled completely and reassembled in the rooms. The furniture downstairs is somewhat older and was brought in via double doors.
  • Albermarle
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     Everything else can be piled into the middle of the room or shifted from one side to the other.  All nicely draped with drop cloths.

    I decorated 3 bedrooms last Winter. We moved the smaller items and mattresses out, and moved the bigger items to the centre of the room ( upended the bed frames) Put a sheet over them, and it was no issue working around them.

    Probably would leave the stairwell until after stuff was delivered.
  • twopenny
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    It might be possible to get the new furniture stored, redecorating done and a reliable furniture remover to bring it in and put it in place.

    Sounds not very mse but maybe if you don't need to get the decorators in again it is.


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  • EssexExile
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    I'd leave the hall, stairs and landing until all the furniture is in. Having said that, I've never had delivery people do any damage, perhaps you've just been unlucky so far.
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