How to Buy Furniture like a Pro

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buy furnitureCongratulations! You’ve just got yourself a new house and it’s time to decorate it. Furnishing a house is always fun. Furnishing involves many things ranging from lights to curtaining but always begins with furniture. When it comes to furniture, every home is different and needs different furniture. Ideally, furniture should be comfortable, fit well and reflect your style. Thus, when you buy furniture, you must look at a number of aspects other than its price tag. Let’s take a look at some of the key points you should keep in mind when you buy furniture.

Follow the same language

If you already own furniture, it is advisable to carry photographs along when shopping for complementary pieces. All the furniture in a room should follow the same design language. Even if you like a bohemian, mix-n-match style, there should be something in common that binds all your furniture together. It could be the style of the legs, the upholstery colour etc. At the same time, don’t make your furniture look too matchy-matchy or your space will not look interesting.

Know your wood

The longevity of furniture depends largely on the wood it is constructed from. If you’re buying furniture that you want to hand down to your children, invest in solid wood furniture. Teak wood and rose wood are the best woods for furniture. When buying solid wood furniture, ask about how the wood has been seasoned and protected against termites etc. Furniture may also be made with ply board or engineered wood. While these pieces are usually more budget friendly, they do not have a very long life.

Get the size right

Sizing is a very important part of buying furniture. There are two aspects to this. Firstly, the actual size of the furniture. When you buy large pieces such as a sofa or a dining table, you must ensure that it fits your room. You may use tape on the floor to mark the position of such pieces of furniture to ensure that they fit and you have enough space to move around them. Secondly, measure the doors and passageways through which they will have to be brought in. It’s no fun buying a beautiful sofa only to find that you can’t get it into your home.

Think about maintenance

Some designs require a lot of maintenance while others are considerably fuss-free. Think about your lifestyle and how much time you will be able to devote to the up keep of your furniture. For example, heavily carved furniture will attract dust and need to be cleaned regularly. This is also a factor that needs to be kept in mind when buying seating such as sofas and armchairs. Upholstered sofas will need to be shampooed from time to time. On the other hand, wooden sofas with loose cushion have covers that can be washed in the washing machine.

You don’t buy furniture everyday so take your time deciding what’s perfect for you and your home. If you’re still confused, consult a professional interior designer at for help.

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