Knowing the best places to shop is always difficult, especially if you’re on a budget or looking for a unique item, while you need to think about things like size, shape, colour, and styles – it’s little wonder so many people dread the idea of furniture shopping.
However, buying new furniture doesn’t need to be a chore. With the right planning and preparation, it can be a very enjoyable experience where the creative juices flow as you look for the perfect pieces of furniture for your home.
Whether you’re shopping online or instore, here are some handy tips for buying new furniture:
Establish a Budget
Knowing exactly what you can afford to spend on furniture makes the entire process much easier. Set an overall budget and a budget for each item of furniture you need, which helps keep your spending in line and avoids any impulse buys.
You can pay attention to items that are within your price range and not get disappointed when you cannot afford something, while you also get a good idea of what average prices you can expect to pay.
Plus, if you set a budget and find furniture that is cheaper, you know how much of a great bargain you have on your hands!
Start off by measuring the overall dimensions of the room you’re buying furniture for – you want to make sure everything you buy fits properly! Then, take the time to get the measurements of any item you’re thinking of buying to see whether it will fit nicely into your room.
Also, be sure to measure doorways, staircases, and other tight spaces you might need to navigate the furniture through. The last you need is for a new sofa to get wedged into a tight spot!
Stores love to sell matching sets of furniture but don’t fall into the trap of thinking a matching set looks best. You want to have a nice blend of furniture that compliments each other but doesn’t feel too overmatched, so it’s important to strike the right balance.
Your room may end up looking unnaturally matched and straight out the page of a catalogue – you want to add your own personality to the décor, so never make the mistake of buying too much matching furniture.
Quality Over Quantity
The idea of completely refurnishing a room is rarely a good one – you’ll end up spending a fortune and may not end up with the quality items you desire. Instead, go for quality over quantity, buying one or two items and taking a break before you buy anything new.
This is great for budget-friendly shopping, as you can spend what you’re comfortable with on a few quality items and can then wait until you’re happy to buy additional items. Slowly adding new furniture is a great way to constantly change up your décor while getting great furniture without needing to overspend.