Over the years, you’ll likely spend thousands of dollars on furniture. The good news is that the right furniture can also last you for years to come. How do you go about making the right furniture purchases and not making mistakes?
Here we’ll describe five common scenarios that leave people with bad furniture-buying decisions. If you’re buying furniture in Vancouver for your new home, learn from others’ mistakes and keep these guidelines in mind.
Measure your space and furniture
Before checking out a new couch, table, or any other piece of furniture, make sure to take your measuring tape and figure out the optimal measurements for your space. It’s a common mistake to forget to measure your furniture. Unfortunately, making this error can end up costing you time and money if you need to return the piece of furniture when you find out your table and couches are just too big for your small living room.
Think about how the piece will look at home
Furniture may look one way in the showroom, but once you take it home, it can show a different face. You may have different lighting at home that can make the material or fabric on your furniture appear as a different sheen. To help avoid this problem, ask for a colour swatch in-store and bring it home to see how the fabric and colour appear in your home.
Choose furniture that will fit your lifestyle
Do you have kids or pets in your home? If so, it’s a good idea to decide if the furniture in your home will suit your lifestyle before you buy it and place it in your home. For example, a white linen couch may look clean, sophisticated, and stylish in the home of a single professional but it won’t bode well with kids and their sticky fingers after an arts and crafts session.
Think about who will be living (or visiting) your home and if the furniture will stand to wear and tear. Of course, things can change over time. You may not have kids living with you now but what about in a few years? You’ll want to think about how you will use your furniture in the long term before you buy it.
Don’t make a split-second decision
Take time when buying furniture. You’ll spend months searching for your dream home or your first apartment and your furniture deserves some thought put into it as well. Impulse buys often lead to making purchases we regret with furniture that doesn’t fit your space, is uncomfortable, or just doesn’t match your home decor.
Don’t make a split-second decision after seeing a table or chair in an online sale. Take the time to visit a Granville furniture store, for example. Look at various options and take those measurements to ensure your home decor looks like you put some thought into it. Avoid impulse purchases. If you see a piece of furniture that you like in a showroom, you can always think about it and go back the next day to complete the purchase.
Don’t blow your budget
When buying furniture, remember to stay within your price range. This can be easier said than done. Many furniture stores can lure people into spending more money than they thought with interest-free financing. Keep in mind that the interest-free financing is usually only applicable within a short period of time. If you don’t pay the full amount within that time, this could end up costing you much more than what was on the price tag with 20-30% interest rates — yikes! If you’ve decided on a budget of $1000 for a dining table, don’t end up spending $3000.
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