Buying furniture is kind of a big deal. It’s large, expensive, and you’re probably going to be stuck together for a while. Selecting which couch, bed, or coffee table to buy is a highly personal decision. But there are a few basic guidelines that everybody should follow before making the plunge. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when buying furniture.
1. Ignoring your lifestyle
That white suede couch may look great in your living room, but if you have two toddlers and a Golden Retriever—it might not be the best idea. Select furniture that suits your lifestyle. If you’re a young couple planning on starting a family, buy for the future. The lifespan of a couch is at least 10 years, so go ahead and get that sectional over a loveseat. If you’re a pet lover, be mindful of how difficult it will be to deal with the shedding and drool. Pick a fabric that’s easy to clean and your furniture can still look amazing when it’s old.
2. Misled by leather
Not all “composite” or “bonded” leather is treated equal. If the store calls it leather, but the price is comparable to fabric, it’s probably a composite leather product of some kind. Many of these products are great and will last a lifetime. But others will crack and fade after only a few years. It’s a good idea to look at online customer reviews from the store you plan on purchasing from to see what others have to say. If you want the real deal, make sure it says “full grain leather” in the description.
3. Forgetting to measure
Pretty obvious, right? But you’d be amazed how many folks forget to do it. Measure your room before you hit the stores to get an idea of what you need. Then measure the exact piece to make sure it’s the perfect fit before you buy. Also measure the front door, hallway, staircase, etc. that it will have to go through to find its home. You know the mantra “measure twice, cut once”? Same principle.
4. Asking too few questions
Where’s it made? Does it have a warranty? What’s the return policy? A good salesperson can provide all the details you’re looking for about your furniture piece. Most furniture salespeople are honest, hard-working folks who benefit just as much as you do from a satisfied purchase. Ask a lot of questions and you’ll get the best furniture your money can buy.
5. Rushing your purchase
Once that big, bold, beautiful recliner catches your eye in the showroom, it’s hard not to fall in love. But, your furniture is going to be with you for a long time. Don’t rush into things. It’s better to slow down and take your time than to rush into an impulse buy. If you feel overeager in a store, it might be best to leave and come back another day. That recliner isn’t going anywhere.
And there you have it. Our top 5 mistakes to avoid when buying furniture. Redecorating your home can be a lot of fun. Just play it smart, take it slow, and enjoy the ride. Good luck!