Whether you are buying your first home, upgrading for more space, or downsizing for more comfort, you will most likely be purchasing some new furniture. Picking out new furniture can be exciting and fun, but also sometimes overwhelming. While you are searching for pieces that reflect your personal tastes, you also need to consider the style of your home and ways in which your new pieces mix with items you kept from your last residence.
Below are some basic tips to consider when purchasing new furniture.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Depending on your way of life and who else lives in the house, certain colors and fabrics may work better than others. If you have kids or a lot of pets, dark colors in stain-resistant fabrics will hold up better than delicate materials.
If you plan to buy a new, expensive sofa that you want to use for many years, avoid going with the trendy colors and stick to something neutral. It will be much easier, and less expensive, to change out accent pieces as styles change, rather than having to spend a lot of money on another big-ticket item.
Know Your Materials
Becoming familiar with different wood types, fabrics, and stone will help you match articles to your home and existing pieces. Also, having an idea of price points for certain quality will give you an idea if you are getting a good deal and how long the furniture will last, especially in the case of wood or stone.
Antiques are always a popular choice and add character to a room, but you have to be careful. Make sure drawers work properly on chests and cabinets, and check to see if the handles and knobs fit tightly. Inspect the legs of the piece to make sure they will hold up and don’t need repair. In addition, examine items for rips, stains, tears, watermarks, and scratches as well.
Look for Sales
While it is tempting to go out and buy everything right away, you may be able to purchase more if you wait for the right time. Furniture stores have many massive sales throughout the year, usually on holidays, as they work to get rid of their inventory.