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Furniture buying guide

Furniture buying guide


Buying new furniture in no easy task. Whether it’s hunting for a statement piece or undergoing a complete overhaul, there is a lot to consider. Before you get lost in the millions of shapes and fabrics available, and lose sight of what you are looking for in the first place, ask yourself these questions.

Do you have an understanding of the size of your space?
If not, get the tape measure out, measure twice and draw up a plan no matter how amateur. Nothing looks worse in a room than over- or under-sized furniture. A scaled plan will also keep your wallet in check as you will shop with the restraint of dimensions.

Do you know the colour scheme that works best within your space?
Blacks and greys may be on trend now, but can dramatically close in a space. On the other end of the spectrum, light and bright colours can make space feel too stark and clinical. The solution, test-drive fabric and paint samples before committing to anything.

Do you love this piece?

If the answer is no, put it back. If the answer is yes, proceed to the next question.

Do you need it or just want it?
Just as you would at the supermarket, create a shopping list to ensure you don’t get tempted by something you don’t need. Get somewhere to sit down and eat before you buy the silver cutlery.

Are you trying to make a piece you already own work better?

This is an easy trap to fall into – the coffee table that has never quite worked, but would if you had a new couch, dinner table, carpet, and wallpaper. Commonly known as a band-aid for a bullet wound. Rather than try fix it move it out and replace it with something you love.

Is this piece a good investment?

Make sure you give it a test before you buy. Sit on it, open and close doors and explore it thoroughly. If it feels flimsy, it most likely is and will not last the test of time. Aim to buy the highest-quality piece as they will last. Trends come and go, but quality will remain. With the future in mind, ensure you choose fabrics that will wear well, too. Stick to the classics.