When people buy a new car, they don’t just go to Craigslist and buy the first car they see because they like the color. Instead, they spend time researching, making criteria they need to follow, and determining a style they like, all because they want to avoid making a mistake. Buying high quality furniture is no different. The furniture you buy becomes the centerpiece of your home. It is the backdrop for everything you do. You want to ensure that what you invest in doesn’t become a glaring mistake that you have to dread every day. Avoid the 6 following mistakes, and you’ll be sure to find furniture that will last a lifetime.
- Impulse Buying
Once you’ve decided to invest in new furniture, it can be easy to want to purchase everything immediately. How can you not? You have a fresh canvas ready to be molded by your style. Why shouldn’t you just pop onto Amazon, Wayfair, or Target to order that new armoire? In truth, you’ll most likely buy something that you’ll love… for a season.
Instead, you should try to find something to last a lifetime. Not to mention that furniture can be a hefty investment and therefore whatever you buy should be high quality and planned out. Before you purchase any piece of furniture, you need to do research. Determine a budget. Find similar pieces in quality to compare price. Look into how your furniture is made or what materials are included. Most importantly, determine a style that you consistently love by exploring websites like Pinterest or Houzz.
- Not Measuring Your Space
The first cardinal rule to buying furniture is to always measure your space. Designing any room depends on properly executing scale and proportion, which cannot happen successfully without measuring. Mistakes are often made when people don’t measure or check the dimensions of the furniture piece. When the new furniture arrives, homeowners find it doesn’t all fit, or the room feels overcrowded.
To avoid this (pricey) nightmare, start by measuring the dimensions of the room. Next, draw out a floor plan. Note things such as closets, doorways, and windows. Then draw out the furniture pieces on the floor plan and measure accordingly. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made. For example, if you’re determined to buy a king size bed, you may not be able to fit other large pieces in your room. Nce a measurement is determined, be sure to stick to it.
- Not Considering Your Lifestyle
Another huge pitfall for furniture shoppers is failing to think about what furniture would best accommodate their lifestyle. For example, the furniture needs would be different from a newly married couple living in a city apartment than a couple who has been married for 15 years with four children. The city couple will most likely have a different financial situation, style, and most importantly, spacial needs. They may not have a closet and as a result need storage desperately. Whereas the couple with children may have a house with a walk-in closet, making their storage needs less dire.
Another example could be when buying a desk. Perhaps you have various papers, two monitors, and a phone. This person should consider buying a larger, more executive desk. Whereas someone who only occasionally works from home, using only their laptop, would likely desire a slimmer, narrower desk. Either way, failing to consider your lifestyle will hinder your ability to buy pieces that would be highly functional for your everyday needs.
- Not Considering the Maintenance
Rarely do people think about maintenance when they think about furniture. The journey for most people is as follows: they buy the piece, it gets delivered, and then it lives a long, happy life sitting in one spot. While this strategy may work for some pieces, those who invest in high quality furniture may often need to consider the maintenance that is required, especially for pieces made of wood. Wood furniture requires a bit more dusting and polishing than other materials. Yet, that also helps it stay preserved for longer. Failing to consider the maintenance could lead to premature wear.
- Strictly Sticking to Trends
We love trends. It would be unwise to tell people to avoid all trends since these are what help our living spaces feel fresh and relevant. However, there needs to be a balance in the pieces you purchase. Solely purchasing trendy furniture will give your space a short shelf life. Not only will it cause you to spend more money in the long term to trade out each piece, but you’ll most likely be contributing to “fast furniture”, the process in which pieces are quickly manufactured with the intent of being thrown out within a few years. Instead, consider buying timeless pieces for your foundation, such as a classic headboard or desk. Not only will this root your space, but it will allow you to invest in smaller pieces to accentuate the room throughout the years as the trends change.
While this advice may seem controversial, we think the best room designs stick to it: avoid buying a matching set. Gone are the days of rooms being anchored by a matching furniture set. People love a lived-in look that reflects their unique personalities. This means mixing and matching your furniture. It will help the space feel more natural and homey. A great trick to help you accomplish this would be to find a singular anchor piece for the room and then design around it. The anchor piece should be a piece you absolutely love and can envision loving forever.
After you’ve done your necessary homework and are ready to find your forever furniture, visit the HardwoodLuxe showroom or online catalogue. From artistic headboards to timeless desks, we promise you’ll find furniture you won’t regret investing in.