Tips and Tricks to Succeed in the "Design Home" Game
What Is Design Home?
Design Home is a game that's available for free in the App store for IOS devices. It sets challenges that the player can enter to design a room. Design Home gives the player game dollars that can be used for buying pieces of furniture.
Design Home also contains links to the websites of furniture suppliers in case you want to consider buying pieces of furniture for your own home.
Many new players give up on the game early because they run out of in-game dollars, but with careful planning it is possible to succeed in the game without using your own real-life hard-earned cash. Read on for an explanation of how the game works and tips for progressing in the game, especially in the early stages.
How DOES Home Design Work?
Players enter room design challenges. Usually they're rooms in a house, but sometimes they may be somewhere like a TV studio or hotel lobby. Players choose and place required pieces of furniture and decor in the spaces provided.
Challenge results are determined by other players of the game who vote on designs. If a player receives four stars or higher, they win a piece of virtual furniture to use in future challenges.
Players progress through the game by reaching certain dollar values of room design costs. For example, once a player has spent $20,000 on entering challenges, they move up to Level 2. When they spend $50,0000 they move up to Level 3 and so on. Each time a player reaches a new level, more accessories such as pictures and plants become available and they also receive a number of items to use for free.
Players can use real cash to progress through the game more quickly but it is not necessary. Read on below for tips on how to avoid using your own money.
Dollars, Diamonds and Keys - what are they used for?
You can easily see how many of these you have, on the top of your screen.
- Dollars are used to purchase furniture items. They are paid to the player when they enter an event. Most events pay $500, the daily event pays $2500. Some special series events pay $1000.
- Diamonds are used to purchase accessory items such as pictures and plants. These cannot be bought with cash. Furniture items which have been allocated as prizes can also only be bought with diamonds. Because diamonds are not paid for entering events, they are harder to come by, so use them wisely. The game gives you 500 diamonds daily, and you can earn 125 bonus diamonds if you win 5 stars for a challenge.
- Keys are what are needed to enter an event and this is their only function. Most events cost 25 keys to enter, the daily event costs only 20. Keys can be earned in two ways - by collecting the 20 keys allocated daily, and by voting on challenges. You can also enter events by spending diamonds.
How to Enter Challenges
In order to enter a challenge, you need to place required pieces of furniture. To do so, click on the coloured bubbles (see picture below) When you click on a bubble, it will bring up the selection of that item that you own, and beneath that, items that you can buy. Blue bubbles are required, purple bubbles (usually plants, pictures, vases etc) are optional. You will not be able to enter an event unless all the items in blue bubbles are placed. You don't get to choose WHERE to place the items, only which items to use.
You can filter items by colour, brand, style, and pattern which can make it much easier to find what you need.
Once you purchase an item, you are only able to use it five times before needing to purchase it again. This is extremely frustrating at first (especially to players of Covet Fashion, Crowstar Inc's other hit game) but you get used to it. You are able to see how many of each item is left in your inventory by the number in the little green bubble at the top right corner of each item. (see example below).
How Do I Win a Challenge?
Challenge results are determined by games users, just like you. Users have to choose a favourite out of two entries. If your entry is selected by enough voters, you will receive four stars which enables you to win the prize. If your look is popular enough to win five stars, you will win the bonus prize of 125 diamonds.
Don't be too disheartened if you don't win every event. Remember, some voters may not put much thought into their selection. However, if you look at the top looks for each event, they're usually pretty spectacular which makes me think most voters take the responsibility seriously enough.
It can take a few days to get results for challenges.
Top Tips for Success Without Spending REAL Money
1. Collect your Daily Tickets and Diamonds.
This is the easiest thing to do. Even if you're not entering a challenge, each day open up the game, click on the little head and shoulders icon at the bottom right hand side of the screen and collect your daily reward. This is 500 diamonds and 20 keys. Diamonds are invaluable as you need these to purchase decor items such as pictures and vases. This is also the only way to get diamonds, besides earning the full five stars for entering an event which is very hard to do. (If you earn 5 stars, you receive 125 diamonds)
Warning: The maximum number of keys you can have at any one time is 75, so if you're about to max out enter an event before collecting your keys so they don't go to waste!
2. Enter the Daily Challenge
There is a Daily Challenge that pays you $2500 dollars for entering. It also only costs 20 keys to enter, and there are no specific furniture requirements. Yes, it will tell you whether you need a couch, bed etc.. but it will have no specific requirements as to brand or style as many other challenges do.
This is by far the easiest way to build up your cash. If you do nothing else, enter this event daily. In fact, in the beginning, I recommend ONLY entering this event to build up your cash and inventory. As you win more prizes you can then go on to enter other events.
3. Purchase Furniture Items That Can Be Bought With Cash, Not Diamonds
Before buying an item, check that it can be purchased with cash, not diamonds. Save your diamonds for purchasing decor items. Diamonds are harder to come by and you really need to use them for purchasing accessory items to bring your room to life.
4. Buy Cheap Furniture
Whilst the way to move up through the game is based on the dollar value of your room design, it's important to have enough cash to purchase required items. So initially, at least, it's best to buy cheaper furniture items to make sure you have enough cash to buy the required items.
5. Enter Special Series Challenges
Every now and then Design Home offers a series of challenges that are linked together. If you enter four out of five of the challenges you win a collection of items. These series events also pay $1000 game cash to enter, so they're worth entering if you can afford the special requirements.
6. Borrow Items From Your Facebook Friends
If you have Facebook friends who also play Design Home you can link up with them and borrow from their inventory. This can save you a lot of cash as you don't have to purchase every piece of furniture yourself.
7. Don't Enter Events Unless You Think You Can Win.
It may be tempting to enter events just to collect the cash, but it's important to remember that EACH time you use an item, that's one time less you'll be able to use that item before needing to purchase it again. If you're just throwing items together that look horrible, you may want to reconsider entering the challenge altogether - without winning the prize you're basically throwing away purchases for $500. The ONLY challenge I would bother entering regardless of how it looks is the daily $2500.
8. Pull Your Room Together with Decor Items
The optional items can really pull a room together. When purchasing decor items, try and choose items that will go with a variety of room styles and colour themes. I tend to use pictures more than plants. The accessories that sit on tables, such as piles of books and vases go a long way to completing the look of a room. Again, look at the cost of each item and choose wisely, since these items can only be purchased with diamonds.