Do you hate furniture shopping? Would you rather hide under the covers of your bed than go out again? Would you prefer to watch paint peel? If so, your problem is likely that you aren’t shopping with knowledge behind you. This article has some simple strategies to make yourself a better shopper.
When wooden furniture is what you seek, especially antiques, take your inspection deeper than the exterior surfaces. Look inside and underneath the item. Pull out the drawers and inspect them. You want to make sure you inspect every little aspect of the furniture closely. This will help you determine the age and quality of the piece.
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.
When buying new furniture or used furniture, make sure all the drawers and cabinet doors work properly before purchasing. Make sure the cabinet doors close securely and open easily. Test all the drawers to ensure they pull out correctly and close properly. If there is anything that is not working, get it fixed before buying.
When choosing a new couch, make sure the cushions are firm. Soft cushions will not last for very long. Replacing cushions can be expensive, especially if these cushions are no longer manufactured. It is best to choose a standard size of cushions so you can easily find some replacements in case they wear off.
Believe it or not, it is much cheaper to purchase furniture at the end of the month. Most furniture companies make decisions toward the end of the month on which lines of furniture they will continue to use and which they will get rid of. The ones they are trying to get rid of are sold at a greatly discounted prices.
Before going out and purchasing new furniture, you will want to measure the space that the new item will eventually be placed in. Whether it’s a bed, table or couch, take measurements so you can be sure it will fit. “Eyeballing it” is a great way to wind up with useless furniture. This is also important when buying pieces that are adjustable, such as sofa beds and recliners.
When purchasing a leather sofa, check its base very carefully to see if the leather is dyed evenly everywhere. If you notice some white gauze under the sofa, it is made out of vinyl. A genuine leather sofa should be evenly dyed, even under the sofa and between the cushions.
Make sure you take measurements before you go out to shop for furniture. You need to make sure the piece you fall in love with in the showroom is actually going to fit in your home. Having a list of the measurements of your space can ensure you do not accidentally purchase an item that is way too big to fit.
If you want to save money on furniture, consider alternatives to traditional shopping. Goodwill stores sometimes have pieces. Check out yard and garage sales. Also peruse Craiglist or local Freecycle options. Any community of some size has a secondary market of furniture not on showroom floors. Even consider going to storage locker auctions. If you see a piece you like, talk to the winning bidder for that locker.
If you are looking into used furniture, be sure to look under cushions and even do a smell test. The furniture may look great from a few feet away, but there can be hidden mold and even wood rot that will make the choice a poor investment. Just a little extra time and diligence is needed.
When you are shopping for a sofa, be sure that you sit at least for a few minutes on each one. You want to make sure that you feel absolutely comfortable when you sit in it. The sofa should give you firm support without letting your body sag. A sofa that is too soft can give you a backache.
These techniques have been used by countless others to make furniture shopping more enjoyable, so put them to use yourself. You’ll find your next trip out is one which doesn’t leave you so frustrated. In the end, you’ll find the furnishings you need and your home will be more comfortable than ever.