When setting up a house, the right kind of furniture can instantly make it a home. Along with catering to your list of absolute must-haves, each room calls for furniture that mirrors your own personal style and home’s vibe. To make sure you don’t stray too far while deciding what hits the mark as perfect furniture for home, here are a couple of pointers to keep in mind.
Do: Get physical.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands on potential buys, sit on them or examine them. If it’s a sofa, plonk down on it and see if the cushions seem welcoming enough to melt away a stressful day. If you’re buying a cabinet for the dining room, open the doors and have a peek inside. Enough shelves for your wedding china? Ample room for your collection of silverware? If the piece of furniture ticks all the boxes for you, then go ahead and swipe your card. If it doesn’t, simply move on to the next!
Don’t: Buy something only because it’s a “great deal”.
More often than not, some products that are hard to sell are going to have a significantly marked down price. Just because that price tag screams “yes” doesn’t mean the design will. So, make sure you scrutinise all bits of that furniture before bringing it home. Does the design go with your decor theme and does the colour scheme seamlessly blend in with yours? Buy only if that furniture is sure to bring harmony to your living space. In short, don’t buy something you’re not going to use.
Do: Research, research, research.
For online furniture shopping as well as in-store shopping, you need to do your fair share of research before you close in on “the one”. Furniture is something that lasts years, so you need to figure out what style, design, material and colours are going to sit well with present you and future you. Another thing that thorough research unearths is different pricing. This is particularly good for shoppers on a budget. So, break out your laptop and open a couple of tabs.
Don’t: Neglect measurements.
One of the worst things that could happen when furniture shopping is you falling in love with a piece only to find it doesn’t fit in the space at home. To cut out the heartache and need for returning, make sure you always get the dimensions of the space you are looking to fill. To be on the safe side, pick furniture that falls just short of the numbers you’ve noted down, that way it is sure to fit in the room available.
Do: Ask as many questions as you want/like.
Skirting around questions because you think the sales clerk will get annoyed is not something you should do. The store assistant is there to help you choose the best furniture for you. That being said, don’t refrain from having all your queries answered. No question is too big or too small, so don’t hold back. Remember, at the end of the day you are making an investment and this investment ought to last a good long time. So, ask your questions and make a choice based on all the facts at hand. Can the sofa be paired with a chaise longue? Can the bed be dismantled? Are those cabinet shelves adjustable? Get your answers!
Don’t: Forgo function for style.
Finally, when you do find your “perfect” furniture make sure it is a balance of practical and appealing. If it looks good but is not built to last or to address all your needs, then is it worth your hard-earned money? Look for designs that put utility first, followed closely by aesthetic charm. That’s when you have a winner.