By : Chaleigh Glass
Choosing new furniture for a home is cause for much excitement, but it can also be a large decision since you more than likely will be using these things for years to come. Maybe you are moving into a brand new place and want new furnishings to go with it, or perhaps you are tired of your current furniture and are looking at making a fresh update to your home’s decor. Either way, it is important to take a moment to step back and consider some important furniture buying tips, especially since you are more than likely are going to be investing a great deal of money into these purchases.
That beautifully chic furniture with the fancy upholstery designs that copies the style of a long ago French king may not be durable enough for your home, though, it probably does look great. Furnishings that look gorgeous on display have never encountered the family pets, kids, and your family’s football fanatics. Dogs and cats enjoy sitting on anything that is cushy. Rascally pets may even amuse themselves by tearing up and scratching those expensive new chairs. Small children will more than likely be putting their feet, messy hands, and probably even their mouths all over this furniture, while it is possible that your husband’s eccentric friends will do the same thing. Thus, while it is important to choose stylish furniture, it is also important that you choose pieces that are durable and that are suited to the possible daily abuses that they might encounter in your home.
Everyone knows that you will need to consider the color of the walls in a room before you buy furniture, but what about the color of other things in the room. If you truly want the best design, and if you want the room to always look its best, you will need to consider all the different possibilities. It is also important to consider the possible color of the room in the future, since any paint changes might render your furniture unappealing. In the end, though, it might not be quite as stylish, it is always best to go with neutral colors that will be able to fit anywhere in your home.
Sometimes it is easy to get stuck on a specific type of furniture that catches your fancy. However, the style you choose may not fit comfortably in the allotted room space. Sure, you may be able to squeeze in that swanky cocktail ottoman with everything else in the room, but will that leave the space usable and comfortable. Take a critical look at the room to get an idea if furnishings are the right height and length for the space, and never purchase something just because it looks good, since it might completely destroy the functionality and comfort of a room, which is equally as important when choosing furniture.
Furniture pieces should not only look good, they should be functional too. Rooms with limited space require some thought and planning. For instance, instead of just choosing a plain TV stand, select an entertainment cabinet that holds the TV, DVD player, remotes, movies, extra cables, guides, books, magazines, and other items. There are a variety of different pieces of furniture that can help multiple purposes, such as couches with storage in the arm rests, beds with storage containers, and kitchen tables that have folding sides that let you adjust their size.
Another important aspect of buying furniture is the warranty. When you are purchasing pieces that were made in bulk, there is always the risk that the furniture will have defects or other problems. These things might not even be apparent for several weeks, only showing themselves after weeks of use. Having a good warranty on your furniture will protect you from these problems and from wasting your money on furniture that is broken or does not work.