When you shop, you want it to go well. You want to find the pieces you need and you want them to be within budget. You need your trip to be quick, painless and fruitful. That means you also have to read this article in full, take notes and pay attention to its tips.
Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Everyone has bought furniture at one time or another, so it’s important that you check with people you know, who can give you a place to start. That way, you can hit the ground running and make your search go more efficiently, getting your furniture much quicker.
Before buying any cabinets, open all of the drawers and look inside. You’re not only making sure that all of the drawers are built to last and open without any hitches, you also want to make sure that the interior of the drawers have some sort of finishing as well.
Shop for used furniture to save money and get quality pieces. Many times you can find furniture that an individual no longer needs for a great price. You can either shop at used furniture stores, from the newspaper, on Craigslist or any other place where people sell the furniture they no longer want.
Watch out for furniture that is poorly made. To ensure that you are purchasing a sofa that will withstand the punishment your family can do to your sofa turn the sofa upside down and look at the structure of the sofa. Poorly made furniture will be made using 1×1’s instead of 2×2.
Try more than one store. Instead of heading into a store and picking whatever is there, commit to going to more than one store before you make a decision. This will allow you to get what you really want and will give you a few options so that you have more to choose from.
Stick to neutral colors for your main furniture pieces. You may love a particular bright color or pattern, but will you still love it 10 years from now? Instead, pick neutral colors for the main pieces in your room and use accent decor to bring in color. You will be glad of your decision the time comes to redecorate.
Check the legs of any furniture before you buy. Look for furniture that has sturdy wooden legs that are properly joined to the frame of the piece. Nailed on wood legs or plastic molded legs are not as stable, and can damage floors. If you are looking at sofas, try to find one with a fifth leg, located in the middle for added stability and support.
If you measure twice or more, you only have to buy once. While it is likely you can return a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit, that means moving more furniture than you want to. Know the measurements of both your overall room and where a piece will specifically go. Take a measuring tape to the showroom, just to make sure the listed dimensions are accurate.
Consider the overall decor you are going for or already have in your home when looking for furniture. Generally speaking, there are five styles of furniture that you can buy. They are traditional, contemporary, coastal, transitional and coastal. Some are more appropriate for your region than others, but of course the inside of your home is up to you.
Figure out who is going to be using any furniture that you buy. If you’re living by yourself then you can get lightly used pieces, but if you’re in a large family, you should get pieces that are sturdy. You should also take furniture color and choice of fabric into account if you live with pets. If your pet sheds you will want to get a fabric that attracts less fur.
When purchasing wood furniture, you can get an idea of the quality of the wood by checking the veneers. Look at the corners of the piece of furniture to see how well the veneers match. If the veneers do not match at all, they have been impressed on a piece of fake wood.
Understand different wood types when buying furniture in order to maximize your budget. Furniture made from solid wood will be the most expensive and last the longest. Veneered wood will be less expensive, but will have lower quality wood under the veneer. Particle board and composites, which are made from wood pulp and binders, will be the least expensive but also the least durable.
If you want a change, consider shopping for accent pieces. You can brighten up a room and change the whole look by simply adding a few throw pillows, a new side table or an accent piece. You can even add new wall pieces just to spruce up the space.
With the green movement gaining momentum, it’s important to look at your options concerning buying green furniture. However, be aware of advertisers that are misleading because they do exist. To simplify this process, ask whether the furniture is certified by Oeko Tek or FSC. This ensures you know whether you’re buying in conjunction with the green movement.
Make sure to buy children’s furniture that will suit your child’s age. Many people buy bunk beds, but fail to look at the recommended age for the beds. Older children are fine for upper bunks; however, if your children are younger, look for bunk beds that can be split until the children are older.
Visit several stores when shopping for furniture. This not only allows you to see the different furniture offered at each store, but it also allows you to comparison shop at several different stores to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible. If you find a piece you like at one store, you may find it on sale at another.
Now you have the arsenal of weapons you need to shop smarter. You know what it takes to buy furniture the right way. That means shopping will no longer be a dreaded treachery for you. On top of that, your home will begin to look more amazing with each furnishing you add.