Furniture Buying Tips
Some of us like shopping more than others but we can probably all agree that it is necessary every now and again. Shopping for new furniture can often prove frustrating as we try and find new pieces that won’t look out of place in our homes whilst still being affordable.
Furniture isn’t cheap – even if you buy solely from those popular retail outlets which is why you need to get the process right first time. To assist you in your endeavour, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to buying new furniture for your home.
Review Your Existing Furniture
It is worth spending some time assessing what you like about the furniture that you already have and whether you want to stick with your current theme or maybe branch out a little further. If the former, we suggest;
- Making a note of the colours you’re currently using in your home. You don’t have to match them completely but anything new you buy should at least be able to blend in.
- Make a note of how much space you have to play with. If you’re not replacing furniture, you will need to make sure that any new furniture will physically fit into your home.
Once you’ve come up with a plan, it’s time to hit your nearest furniture store.
Browse as Much as Possible
The best way to get a feel for what you like is by looking at as much furniture as possible. The easiest way to do this is by spending a few days browsing the wares of all the furniture shops nearest to you. The best way to go about this would be to complete a web search for a query along the lines of furniture store in Northern Ireland which should produce a sizeable list to work with. Once you’ve done that, simply shortlist the five stores that are closest to you.
Finding the Perfect Piece of Furniture
Once you’ve settled on a few designs, you’ll need to make a decision based on affordability and whether whatever you’ve shortlisted meets your requirements. To assist this process, you should;
- Closely scrutinise the finish of each item. Quality is important if furniture is going to be able to withstand the stresses and wear of daily life.
- Consider whether the materials used will be suitable for your home environment. Leather is very hardwearing and is also stain resistant making it a great choice for homes that are prone to accidents.
- Most furniture stores will have several tape measures available so you should take the opportunity to take a few measurements which in turn should tell you how well it should fit into the room you wish to place it in.
You should now have settled on your favourite piece. All furniture outlets will offer home delivery so make use of this option if buying furniture that won’t fit into your car. Alternatively, you could consider hiring a van if you’re buying several larger pieces as it could work out cheaper.