Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Furniture
For most people, a furniture purchase is a big ticket item. You may spend several months, or even years, saving up for that big purchase. Before you take the next big step and make your final purchase, ask yourself the following questions.
What are your specific usage needs?
Are you looking for extra storage space for your living room or something for use in your home office? Determining what function the piece or pieces of furniture will serve is your first step in making a good selection. You’ll just be frustrated if you buy a beautiful entertainment center that works best in a living room and try to make it work for all your office storage needs.
How does this fit in with your style?
When it comes to personal style, there is no saying that it can’t change over time. However, if you’re in the market for something like a new living room suite, you’ll want to make sure that it will have a cohesive look that fits with the color palette, decor and furniture items you already have in your home.
What is your budget?
This may seem obvious, but have a specific range in mind before you head out shopping. Most good furniture stores provide a selection in a range of prices. It will make your search easier if you already know what you are willing, and able, to spend.
Is this option flexible?
Depending on your purchase, you may want to consider if the piece can be used for different functions in your household. For example, something like an armoire can be used in several ways throughout the house. So, if you’re trying to make the most of a small space or a small budget, consider pieces that can do double duty.What are your dimension and scale needs?
Before you start your search, be very certain that you’ve taken specific measurements of the intended space. Taking a “make it work” attitude when trying to fit large pieces of furniture into a space just won’t work. Plus, you want to make sure your furniture not only fits, but fits to scale with the room.Who will be using this item most frequently?Answering this question will help you determine style and usage needs. If you’re purchasing a dining set, it has to be something that works for all members of the household. But, for more personal spaces like bedrooms and private offices, specific styles may vary.Will this stand the test of time?They say there is only one constant in life, and that is change. You may move, you may remodel or you may have a complete style makeover. When you make a large furniture purchase, consider the overall aesthetic and it you believe it will stand the test of time.
Also, think about durability. Moving can take a toll on lesser quality furniture, so think about that before you purchase.Is it made from the right materials for your needs?This can apply to almost any piece of furniture, but is especially true when it comes to living room sets. If you have animals or small children, the fabric or material used can make a big impact on your decision. Even the general climate in your area may affect your needs.