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May 29, 2024

Buying New Furniture? Consider These Tips

If you just moved and are actively looking for new furniture, or are looking to upgrade your current furniture in your home, we are here to help you transform your living space into the most efficient yet beautiful space possible. To do so you need to start with a plan, considering some important factors before even beginning your search, instead of falling in love with a highly impractical piece of furniture for your space, a very common mistake for eager furniture buyers. 

  1. Lifestyle. 

Your furniture should match your lifestyle, not just the designs that you love. For example, if you are someone who likes to host a lot of people or have a large family, don’t buy a tiny couch to fit your living space, consider a larger sectional for more guests to sit. Another example, if you have pets or children, avoiding lighter colored furniture might be the best option for you. Consider the activities you enjoy and adapt your furniture choices to complement your ability to do those activities within your home, or invest more into certain pieces of furniture that you will spend more time in, like your bed if you love to watch TV, or your desk chair if you find yourself spending lots of time behind the computer. 

  1. Make Sure it Fits, Physically. 

I am sure most people have dealt with the issue of taking off doors to fit a piece of furniture into a room or have faced the disappointment that you simply have to get rid of something. Let’s avoid this problem from here on out. It is very important to measure your doors before buying a piece of furniture, and for apartment and condo dwellers, make sure to measure the elevator. Then from there, make sure to measure your furniture of course before purchasing. 

But it doesn’t stop there, you also want your furniture to be the right scale visually for the space. Avoid overcrowding your space and mismatching the scales of your furniture, keep things consistent for a clean look and practical use. 

  1. Consider Style – Across the Board

Considering style sounds obvious, right? But style can be easy to mismatch down the road, and a budget can be forgotten when choosing your style from the start. You want to choose a style that you have the ability to afford, match, and find all pieces of furniture to fill the space. Impulse plays a large factor in mistakes when it comes to the style of furniture as well, it’s easy to fall in love with one piece and not consider how it will look in the space. It is best to snap a picture or get a swatch and bring it home to look at, take some time to think about, and then go back and purchase if you are feeling the same way about it.

  1. Don’t Buy What You Can’t See

Online shopping is convenient, but not the best option when it comes to furniture. There are many online retailers that provide products not exactly as pictured online, and that make the return process very difficult. If you are going to purchase online, do your research on the retailers and request free swatches if possible.

  1. Know Your Thrifting/DIY Skill Level 

If you’re a DIY person, or strive to be, make sure to understand the level of skill and budget ability that you have to do these projects. Everyone’s abilities are different when it comes to repurposing furniture, and you need to be realistic about what you’re going to do with certain pieces. Don’t get in over your head, or you will be reselling all the pieces you bought with high hopes. 


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