Buying furniture is a process that all of us will experience multiple times in our lives. However, despite the frequency with which we buy furniture, the process of actually acquiring the ideal piece can often be fraught – full of too many options to consider, doubt over choices, and what can feel like an endless search for the perfect piece.
It’s understandable that furniture buying can pose such problems – after all, furniture is a significant investment, both financially and in terms of its look and usability in your home. With these stakes, it’s natural that the buying process takes its toll. The good news is that you can reduce the angst furniture-buying can promote by keeping the following tips in mind…
#1 – Look beyond “cheap” furniture
To begin, we’ll keep things simple: “cheap” furniture is absolutely not worth it. While extremely low prices may be attractive to your budget, cheap furniture doesn’t last. Over the long term, it’s preferable to pay once for an item that lasts three years than have to replace that item once-a-year with low-cost, low-quality options.
#2 – Avoid implicitly trusting a big-name brand
There are a number of brands that enjoy special prominence in the world of furniture, and are often regarded as excellent choices based on their name and preceding reputation alone. However, the likes of these recent Joybird reviews amply demonstrate that a recognisable name is unfortunately not a guarantee that you will receive a high-quality item or a good customer service experience, and that even brands who have enjoyed a good reputation for many years may falter. It’s therefore preferable to focus on researching each individual piece you are considering on its own merits rather than trusting that a brand name will always produce good quality items, and always checking for up-to-date customer feedback on any brand you are considering.
#3 – Use chalk to mark out the size of a piece
Most of us will at some point experience the sinking feeling of buying a piece of furniture that is too big or too small for the intended space. It happens; visualising how a piece will fit can be very tricky indeed, even if you take measurements – but you can make the process easier by marking out the size of a piece in chalk. Rather than just taking measurements and trying to imagine how a piece can fit, actually marking out the footprint in chalk gives you a clear representation of the height, width, and depth of the piece you’re considering, which you can then judge against the rest of the room.
#4 – Consider ongoing care and maintenance
There are many types of furniture that are undeniably stunning, but which can be an absolute nightmare to actually live with. Glass surfaces, for example, can make a room feel light and airy, but will require pain-staking and near-constant cleaning; while many types of upholstery fabric, such as leather, may look wonderful, but again require dedicated ongoing care to look their best. When choosing furniture, considering the ongoing maintenance required to clean and care for a piece is a critical part of your decision. However, that’s not to say you can’t choose high-maintenance pieces at all; it’s just helpful to know a piece is likely to be high maintenance, and that you like it enough to justify the high care requirements, before you fully commit to the purchase.
The next time you’re in the market for new furniture for your home, expedite and simplify the buying process by keeping all of the above tips in mind.
**This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it, she has approved it for you all 🙂