What Furniture Should I Provide in an HMO?

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While it isn’t the responsibility of the property manager or landlord to provide every single item in a house of multiple occupation (HMO), furnishing your HMO to a reasonable standard can attract more tenants and help you stand out in a competitive market.

Whether it’s your first HMO or you’re simply refreshing the décor, you’re probably wondering what furniture you should provide. It’s impossible to cater for every taste, but you should make your HMO a home that people are happy to live in and one you can easily manage. To do so, furniture needs to be durable, cost-effective and practical. Keep reading as we look at a few furniture must-haves…


HMO bedrooms should be a place that people feel comfortable and have plenty of space to safely store their belongings. This means you should try to include a:

  • Double bed
  • Mattress
  • Mattress topper
  • Wardrobe
  • Bedside table

Another important part of the bedroom is the window dressings. Whether you choose curtains or blinds, try to find ones with black out qualities. Blackout curtains keep those sun rays at bay and add an extra layer of insulation for those colder months.


It can be easy to get carried away in the kitchen. But it’s important to remember the basics such as a suitable sized fridge and freezer, oven, hob, microwave and washing machine facilities.

To make the space homely and inviting, why not add some stylish roller blinds or vertical blinds? These are a practical solution, as they are easier to clean because they hang vertically.

Communal area

Not all HMOs have a communal or lounge area. For those that do, you should try to set it up in a way that tenants will enjoy. Provide a sofa, television and a coffee table or dining table.

To make your HMO even more inviting, add some stylish touches with soft furnishings such as throws and cushions. Adding eyelet curtains is also a great touch to make a HMO a home. With ring-top headers, eyelet curtains simply require a curtain pole which means you can easily swap or replace curtains further down the line.

Buy in bulk

All HMOs will experience general wear and tear over time. So be prepared to repair and replace certain items throughout your property. Bulk buying soft furnishings is a cost-effective way to kit out your HMO on a budget, allowing you to replace items without breaking the bank.

That’s where Homefords comes in, with thousands of quality soft furnishings at affordable wholesale prices. When you buy in bulk online you can trigger even more discounts. And with free delivery across mainland UK, it couldn’t be easier to kit out your HMO.

Want to find out more? Email hello@homefords.co.uk to arrange a call with one of friendly team members.  

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