Love from London and Paris
September 19, 2010
Tips To Make Your Furniture Purchase Easy
I have just been to London and Paris on a furniture buying trip and thought of some ideas to help you on your next buying trip. When you need furniture, you can’t wait for family to give you theirs! You have to go out and shop, and this article will show you how to do it right.
When you see something you like, wait to buy it for at least 24 hours. If it’s not the last item in stock, you have the time. You need to go home and see if the piece you’re considering would work in your space, and whether you really want to spend the money. Waiting will help.
When purchasing a new bed, make sure you lay down on it to find the perfect comfort level for you. Many times people who choose pillowtop mattresses find that the mattress is too soft once they get it home. To help you avoid this, lay down in the bed in the position that you sleep in to ensure it suits your comfort levels.
Before making a furniture purchase, make sure it will fit the way you want it to. For example, you may really like a couch, but it may not work in your living room. You should make sure you know the measurements of the couch and the measurements of your living room.
Watch out for furniture that is poorly made. To ensure that you are purchasing a sofa that will withstand the punishment your family can do to your sofa turn the sofa upside down and look at the structure of the sofa. Poorly made furniture will be made using 1×1′s instead of 2×2.
Don’t be afraid to haggle. In this way, furniture is like a car. There’s typically a lot of mark up in that price. You can normally get anywhere from 10% up to 20% off when you are a confident haggler. You may feel a little weird doing it, but it could save you hundreds of dollars.
Match your room’s color palette by bringing color samples with you. Without this color matching, the piece you like may not look right with your other furniture. Prevent this from happening. Get a paint swatch at the hardware store or use a photo to match colors.
Are you interested in buying a leather couch? Make sure you purchase furniture that is actually made out of leather. If the salesperson described it as a leather-like or a leather match piece, then the sofa or the chair is not made from actual leather and might not last very long.
Try to buy sets. This works really well, so that your furniture pieces match each other. More than that, sets can sometimes be more affordable than if you purchased the pieces individually. Living room sets are the most prevalent, and can often offer great value and style for your house.
If you are purchasing a couch, make sure that it is comfortable. Sit down on the couch, lay down on the couch and curl up on the couch for at least five minutes to make sure that it is comfortable to you. There is nothing worse than buying a new living room suite only to get it home and realize that you don’t find it comfortable.
Kids furniture can be tough, but there a couple of items like a kids table and chairs, that you should go ahead and splurge on because they will get the use out of it.
Even though couch and chairs are beautiful, this is not the best color choice. In spite of carefully covering your furniture, it will show soil after a time. Fabric furniture can be cleaned, but the process can be expensive. A better choice is a neutral color that you can accessorize with pops of color.
Do you know anybody who is moving? Try asking if they’re leaving furniture pieces behind. If so, you may be able to purchase their furniture at an extremely low price. Sometimes, they may even be willing to give their pieces away for free!
It may be hard to find just the right piece of high quality furniture new. Sometimes it is better to purchase a gently used item and then recover, paint or stain it as you see fit. If you are able to find great deals on these used pieces, you can pay a bit to fix them up and still pay much less than for new pieces.
While you may get some priceless antiques from Grandma, today you need comfortable, durable pieces to get you through. That means investing in high quality pieces without breaking the bank. This article has given you the tips you need to shop smarter, so today is the day to venture out and do so.