Buying brand new furniture for the home (whether brand spanking new or second hand) can be a time consuming and intense task, and even at the best of times. Regardless as to whether or not you're shopping at a boutique furniture store, or a budget one, it is important to get this right. After all it is difficult to discard dead wood in terms of furniture, than it is when de-cluttering other (smaller) items in the home. Furniture items will stay with you for a while, and therefore it is important that you get this right.
1. Plan ahead
Like that saying goes, you never plan to fail, you only fail to plan can ring true for furniture. It is important to check out the websites and hard copy catalogues of the furniture stores you intend to shop with. If there are two particular sofas you like, then even better, and that way if one is out of stock, you already know your plan B in advance. This saves you time and unnecessary stress. What colour schemes would you like for your home furnishings? With sofas, will you plan on using multiple cushions later? Floral types generally need matching cushions, while with plain sofas, there is some flexibility involved with cushions in particular.
Colour is also key
Planning ahead means ensuring that you're well fed, and have enjoyed at least one coffee (you'll need it) before venturing out on your furniture shopping adventure for the home. Good luck and good strength indeed.
2. Bring a measuring tape with you
For obvious reasons. Furthermore, expanding on the point above, it might be a good idea to consult a floor plan of your home, so you get an idea of the total square meterage of your home, and hence for each room. Too many people buy queen beds (for example) while stubbing their toes every morning (almost) due to the bed taking up ample space. Furniture looks completely different in front of you than on the Internet and/or on a piece of paper. Measure up indeed.
Any measuring tape will do
3. Be flexible with the delivery
Especially with the budget providers. Delivery can be delayed, or worse, some items are missing. As a result, if you're hiring someone to assemble your brand new furniture for you, call them once all items are with you. With white goods, The Good Guys are outstanding. They always deliver on time.
Some furniture products may not be in stock
Expect crowds of people when shopping in peak times
If you have some other furniture buying tips you'd like to share, then please do so.
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