Tips for Choosing and Buying Your Furniture

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By Guest Blogger Alice Watson

enter image description here They say that not every house is a home. For one thing, once you buy or build a home, you still have to fill it – with furniture that is. You need furniture to complete your home, after all, who wants to sit on the floor or eat dinner on top of your stove or dishwasher. While you may think this task is easy. After all, everyone just goes to the store and picks out furniture like bed frames, dining tables and sectional sofas. So now, you may realize that in reality, buying and choosing your furniture is actually a difficult task. There are many things you have to consider when you pick your furniture. You should read the following tips to help you find the right one.

Budget

The very first consideration you should make is your budget. Now, there’s really no exact dollar amount you should spend on your furniture. Find a dollar amount that’s realistic and you can afford. There are many ways you can save on your furniture and worst case scenario, you can always buy the essentials like your bed and dining table first, and non-essentials like sectional sofas and TV stands later on.

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Measurements and Size

After budget, size is the next thing you need to think about is the size. You don’t want to buy furniture that’s so big that it won’t fit your space, but also too small that your room will seem underwhelmed. So, before you go to the store or check online, you should take a tape measure and measure the size of your room, the space you want to put it in, and don’t forget your doorways as you want to make sure they fit and you can get them inside.

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Placement

Placement is another important consideration. Before you get too excited and buy up all the cute furniture you see in the showroom. Try to plan out what goes where and make a list of what you need. Some types of furniture will have some flexibility in terms of placement, like sectional sofas, so you may want to consider these as you can change your placement as needed or if you feel like it.

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Design

Finally, you also need to figure out the style of furniture you want. While there are many ways to mix up different styles of furniture, if you don’t do it right, your home will look like a mess. So, unless you have experience with interior décor, you should try to find a style that suits your home’s interiors and your tastes. If your home has a more modern feel, then you should find furniture with clean lines and contemporary colors. If your home has more of a traditional design, then perhaps wood furniture with classic embellishments would look more appropriate.

When you are decorating your home, buying and choosing furniture is an important process. You have to make sure you get the right furniture that suits your home’s style. You need to make sure you set a budget, choose the right size and design, and consider placement.


enter image description hereColorado native Alice Watson graduated from the University of Colorado (Boulder) with a double major in Accounting and English. After graduation, she moved to Denver to work with KKB Accounting. After 10 years, she decided to move to Golden, Colorado with her husband Jeff, and worked sales for Colorado Office Works, a specialty importation of apartment size Furniture Company and became Senior Marketing Manager. She semi-retired to raise her twins, Cody and Jessica, and still works part-time for online furniture store www.sofasandsectionals.com Follow on twitter @sofasectionals

Comments

Drew's picture

You could find the perfect set of furniture to go everywhere in your home but if you don't have the perfect place to put it then it doesn't do much good. Placement is very important. Thanks for the great tips!
Daniel Kramer's picture

Wow I learned a lot. Great tips!! It helped a lot because I am in the process of designing my new apartment and i found it really difficult to find a good interior designer who was both cheap and had good quality in taste and design. I came across http://www.furnishr.com/ and it really helped me design the room my son wanted at a small cost. I highly recommend the website to anyone designing a room in their house or any desired location because they expertise and efficiency in not only helping me design the room but also getting the products I needed to design my apartment as great!
Cindy Tesler's picture

I agree that your first consideration to buying furniture should be your budget. You also mention that once you have a budget decided, figure out the right size furniture for your space. I think it's pretty handy to use those online apps where you can re-create your space with new furniture to see how new items will look before you buy them.
Annika Larson's picture

We are looking at refurbishing our home, and we want to make sure we make the right furniture decisions. As you said, there are lots of aspects that go into choosing and buying the right furniture. I agree with you that it's very important to have a unified style or feel throughout the home. Thanks for sharing!

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