How to Choose Furniture
Youíre finally going to do it! No I donít mean tie the knot, I
mean your finally ready to buy that new furniture youíve been
dreaming about. We adorn our bodies with fashion which makes a
statement about who we are. Your furniture does exactly the same
thing for your house. Itís your fashion statement for your home.
Hereís some helpful tips on getting the most value for your
money, and choosing furniture that will work with your home and
your lifestyle. Youíre friends will be green with envy when they
see your new look.
First you need to know the size of the rooms you are going to
be furnishing, right down to windows, and walls that might not
work well. You can either purchase a piece of software that will
help you design a cozy room or grab a pencil and paper and start
sketching. If you have any original pieces you are keeping, then
make sure to work them into your room plan.
Once youíve decided what would look good where, and how large
of furniture you can purchase, you need to set your budget. Decide
how much money you are willing to part with and stick to it.
Once you know how much your going to spend youíll be able to
decide on the type of furniture. Determine the type of use the
furniture will get. Are you buying furniture for a family room or
a living room? If your buying for a family room youíre going to
want to look at furniture thatís built to hold up with high use.
If your buying furniture for your living room, and itís more of a
show room then you might look at fancier, less functional
When deciding on the type of furniture also take into
consideration your lifestyle. Do you have pets that are going to
claw or chew? Do you have small children? Is your home air
conditioned? Leather is a great example of a piece of furniture
that looks good, but can be downright uncomfortable in the hot
weather, unless you have air.
Once youíve narrowed down what youíre in the market for, make a
list itemizing each piece youíre looking for. Include sizes that
will work, color preferences, all the fine details. Youíd be
surprised at what youíll forget once you walk into the furniture
store. Itís easy to get distracted because of all the choices. But
with list in hand youíll be prepared.
Make choices that will last you for years. Donít choose trendy
furniture that youíll be tired of in six months. Furniture is a
big investment, so keep your tastes in check and choose furniture
that will look and feel good for years to come. You can add some
trendy small ticket items such as vases or wall dťcor. Keep your
furniture colors easy to work with. That way you will be able to
do a room face lift just by changing out small ticket items, like
pillows, ornaments, and wall art.
Once youíve found that perfect piece of furniture, get physical
with it. Check the construction of it, watch for low quality
assembly. If you buying a couch or bed, sit on it, move around on
it, see if it fits your body well. Check to see if you can feel
springs, if the buttons are attached well, if the seams are
finished properly. Donít take any piece of furniture at face
value, get underneath and check the entire construction of it.
Once youíve made your choices, all thatís left to do is pay and
wait for delivery. If you have old furniture in the room, itís
easier to dispose of this before the new furniture arrives. Prep
the room, so that when the delivery guys arrive they can place the
furniture where it belongs.
Stress free furniture shopping can be accomplished with just a
little bit of pre- planning. Now all thatís left to do is enjoy
your new room!
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