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Most Common Mistakes Made When Shopping for Furniture

Posted by Chip Auman on

Things of exceptional quality in life can cost a pretty penny – your home, your car, and even your furniture. While you don’t want to break the bank when it comes to furnishing your home, you certainly don’t want to spend money on a poorly made item that will only result in shopping for a replacement in the not so distant future. Here are some common mistakes made when buying furniture that will make your shopping experience a success if avoided.

  1. Failing to take measurements. While you’ll want to measure the space the furniture will be going in, you’ll also want to measure the doorway or doorways to make sure getting it into your home will be an easy process. If you live in an apartment, you’ll want to measure your doorway, as well as the doorway to your building. You may also want to measure the elevator should you choose not to take it up the stairs. Measure the height, width, and depth of the piece.

  2. Not taking other pieces into consideration. Many just randomly pick out a piece of furniture, not taking into consideration if it goes well with other pieces in the room. If you have a few options you’re looking at, choose the piece with the color/pattern that goes best with other furniture. If you’re unsure about which color or pattern to choose, ask the store clerk for a color swatch so you can bring it home and see which works best.

  3. Choosing pieces that don’t work for your home environment. Certain pieces just aren’t compatible if you have pets that live indoors or small children (such as silk furniture). Consider what typically goes on in the room you’re shopping for and make your purchase based on that.

  4. Speeding through the process. Don’t be impulsive with your shopping; take some time to consider each piece, weigh the pros and cons. Look at several different options before making a final decision.

  5. Not considering how much maintenance is involved. If it’s a high-end piece, it may need more care to upkeep than you think. If you’re looking at a wooden piece, ask about the durability of the finish, how it’s cleaned, what products are used, what you shouldn’t clean it with, etc.

  6. Failing to stay within your budget. Have an idea of what you would like to spend before going to the store. Don’t get lured into applying for a store credit card if the price is a little too high. Keep in mind the price of the item, the price of a warranty, delivery fees, etc. Know what you’ll be spending and decide if the purchase is worth it.

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