Furniture is, arguably, the most essential element in making a house habitable. Think about it, an apartment, though in a perfectly good condition would not be considered a good dwelling if there were no bed, no sofa or other basic pieces of furniture. Most people might even prefer to live in a house with a leaking roof than one with no furniture!
This being said, furniture shopping might not be as straightforward as it is cut out to be. It is a considerable expense most of the time so a lot of planning and careful thinking needs to be put in the furniture buying process to avoid costly mistakes. The furniture you buy also defines the house, so getting the right style that suits your requirements is needful. Here are the main things you ought to consider as you get furniture for your house:
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This has to be the first consideration, obviously because as previously mentioned, most pieces of furniture are a bit costly, and understandably so, as they are meant to last a lifetime. Carefully consider how much you are able to spend and compare this with the prices in the market. Bear in mind that when it comes to furniture, cheaper most of the time is not better. While you need not go overboard and spend a fortune either, if you want high quality furniture, you will need to pay extra.
You get what you pay for most of the time, and since this is probably going to be a lifetime investment and that piece of furniture will most likely hold beautiful memories for your family, so this is not the time to become miserly.
The amount of space available to you is also another very important consideration while you are choosing your furniture pieces. You do not want your tiny space cramped to the extent of making movement within it difficult; neither do you want your large space to feel cold, deserted and lifeless because of that one awkward piece of furniture set at one corner.
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Remember to get furniture that suits your space. The best thing most of the time would be to get the space measured and have your furniture custom made, although this can only work if you are living in your own house and not a rented space.
This is an expensive venture most of the time though. If you cannot afford it, do not worry. Just do your careful research on which pieces would look best in your space and carry your tape measure along while buying your furniture piece to make sure it will fit in the space you have allocated for it.
Unless you are buying a simple decorative piece, you most likely have a need for the piece of furniture you are buying. Do not be carried away by the beautiful design on a piece and forget to ask yourself whether it is suitable for the purpose you have for it. If you share a bathroom as a family for example, do not fall in love with a cute little vanity unit and buy it, forgetting that it will in no way meet all your family’s storage needs. Functionality comes first, but you can always find a piece that is both functional and well designed. All it takes is a careful search.
So you have all the first three considerations in check, finally you need to ask – will you be able to maintain that piece? Good furniture is meant to serve its purpose for years and years on end, but it can only do this if it is well maintained.
What material is the furniture piece you are buying made of? Will you be able to maintain it easily? How susceptible is it to damage? Buying inferior metal pieces for the bathroom for example, would not be considered a wise idea as the metal would quickly rust in the moist environment. Buying a delicate white couch in a house full of toddlers is another unwise decision.
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If you want to enjoy your furniture to the fullest, then get a piece that you can easily maintain, while considering the type of family you have and the function you want it to serve.
This article was written by Chad, a passionate blogger who also doubles up as an interior designer. He has written many other articles about furniture and interior design including how to utilize modern furniture well.