Shopping for home furnishings is great fun but can also take a toll on your energy and finances. To make the most out of the experience, avoid these 10 common mistakes people make when buying new furniture.
1. Not measuring – It’s the most obvious, but one of the most overlooked rules in buying furniture. Before you begin your search, measure the space in your home to ensure your new sofa or dining set will fit in the space you envision. Additionally, take your tape measure to the store or pay careful attention to the dimensions listed if shopping online. Finally, measure your doorframes. There’s no worse feeling than buying a beautiful, solid oak, antique desk only to discover that it will never make it farther than your front porch.
2. Ignoring scale – Similarly, people often neglect to consider scale when buying furniture. A table may look perfect in a large showroom, but completely overpower the other pieces in your dining room.
3. Choosing price over value – Many things contribute to the overall value of a piece of furniture, including the price, durability, materials used, style of the piece and other features. Don’t fall into the mega-retailer’s trap that “cheap” is equal to “value.”
4. Not considering style – You may love the clean lines and bright colors of a contemporary sofa, but that doesn’t mean that it will work well in your Victorian home. Choose pieces that stay true to your home’s identity or classic pieces that go well with every style.
5. Choosing beauty over comfort – Don’t forget the furniture you buy will be used. Don’t sacrifice comfort for style.
6. Forgetting about maintenance – Some pieces of furniture, such as genuine hardwood, require a bit more maintenance. It’s well worth it, but make sure you’re up to the task. With the correct upkeep, these items can potentially last many generations.
7. Buying on impulse – Many of the mistakes listed above are the results of buying furniture without proper forethought. It’s difficult to measure the space in your home or weigh the value of a piece if you are buying on impulse. Too much of your money and precious time is at stake to shop impulsively.
8. Paying attention to fads – As we all know, fads come and go – even in furniture. You might really like that style now, but will you still like it in a year? 10 years? The right furniture is an investment that will pay you back with years worth of function and style. Be careful to choose classic pieces that you can enjoy for many years to come.
9. Only looking at the surface – Shoppers often visually fall in love with a piece of furniture and buy it before studying it further. However, there are many questions to consider. What materials were used in constructing it? Is it durable? Take the time to really get to know the furniture, and ask the salespeople any questions you may have about it.
10. Losing sight of the big picture – Finally, always keep in mind the overall vision you have for your home. Decide what’s most important to you in terms of style and comfort, and go for it! The perfect pieces of furniture are out there waiting for you.