If you are in the market to purchase furniture for your home, here are some tips that you are going to want to keep in mind to help you pick the right furniture.
Guideline #1: Always Measure
When buying furniture, it is essential to measure the room where you want to put the furniture, so you can figure out how much space you have to work with. Write down all of the following measurements and use them to help you find furniture that will fit into your space.
You will also want to measure the height and width of all the doorways and entryways that the furniture is going to have to pass through. If you will have to take the furniture up a staircase or on an elevator, be sure to measure that as well.
When buying furniture, you will want to check the height, width, and depth of the furniture. This will allow you to choose furniture that not only fits into the space you have reserved for it but that you can get into the building as well.
Guideline #2: Consider Visual Harmony
Next, you should consider visual harmony with your existing home decor. Consider the other pieces of furniture and the decorations in the room where the furniture will be located. You should also consider the overall style of your home.
Whenever possible, go to physical places like a store or a furniture showroom to get a good idea of what the piece you are considering really looks like in person. Think about whether the color and style of the piece will match your home. If possible, bring home a color swatch so you can check the coloring against your current decor. The new furniture should fit in with what you already have in your home or with the rest of your new furniture if you are planning on replacing everything.
Guideline #3: Think About Your Lifestyle
Finally, you are going to want to think about your lifestyle. You need to think about who will be using the furniture and how they will be using it. For example, if you have pets or kids, you will want the upholstery to be done with a durable fabric that can withstand sticky fingers, pet hair, and muddy prints. If you don't have pets or kids, you can go with a more delicate fabric.
You should also think about what styles and materials you enjoy. Maybe you want something that is really comfy and soft. Or perhaps you want furniture that looks really fancy.
And don't forget to think about how you will be using the furniture when choosing the style and fabric for your furniture. For example, if you'll be spending a lot of time sitting in a particular chair, a comfortable, ergonomic design may be more important to you than it's aesthetic qualities.