Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Essential Guide To Buying New Furniture

Involve The Kids
Like me, I'm sure many of you have active children. But like me, you fear to get anything nice for the house because the children might ruin it.
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That's why it's so important to get them involved in the process. If they feel like they have a part in making the house look beautiful, they're more likely to do their bit to make sure it stays looking beautiful.
Involve Friends
You could also branch out a little, and ask your friends what they think would most suit your home and style. Getting the right living room furniture can be the difference between having a good room and a room that feels amazing. Often friends and family are able to give you ideas that you never normally would have thought of.
Decide On Your Budget
When you go to buy your furniture, it's always best to "take the lumps out" of any sales negotiation. What does that mean in practice? Instead of saying to the sales representative, "that's too expensive," just say, "what a shame it's not cheaper." Then just let them figure out if they can do it cheaper. If a better price can be negotiated you could potentially save yourself a ton of money. But more importantly, there's a better chance you’ll get what you actually want.
Having said this, I think it's important to stick to your budget, no matter what. Even if the price of a very expensive item has been reduced substantially, if it's outside your budget, it’s not worth it. There will always be another bargain.
Take Pictures Of Your Rooms
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Taking pictures is a great tool to help you visualise what your new furniture might look like in your room. Furniture always looks great in the context of the showroom, but often looka quite different by the time you've got it home.
Having a visual record of what your house looks like right now means that you're in a better position to match up any new furniture. Go for clever colour and pattern combinations that will complement your room.
Measure Up
Measuring the space that you have available should be obvious, but it's actually a little more complicated than it might seem. You need to be aware not only of the floor space available in your room but also of how the furniture will occupy that space.
Most sofas, for example, lean backwards so the space they take up on the floor is not an indication of how much space they may require. If your sofa is going to be against the wall, for example, work out how much it is likely to stick out. Large furniture can prevent doors from being opened or block access to the fireplace.

Sometimes you do have the physical space, but large items may block things like plug outlets and telephone lines. Perhaps you’re willing to put up with this, but usually it’s something you want to avoid.