Right now if you’re inside you’re probably surrounded by furniture. It’s what turns an empty room into a useable space. If there’s any doubt about the importance of furniture you need only look at home staging stats. Homes that are staged with furniture sell for 17% more on average.
Furniture can be custom designed to your exact specifications or mass-produced by IKEA. At the end of the day, there are certain factors that are going to influence the furniture buying process no matter where you shop.
Here are the only four things that you absolutely need to consider before buying furniture.
No matter how attractive furniture is, it won’t be a good investment unless it meets your needs. Form and function need to be in harmony. Ask yourself a few questions to determine your furniture needs:
– How many people live in the home?
– Do you have a job or hobby that requires a certain type of furniture?
– What kind features should the furniture have so it’s comfortable to use?
– Do I need to replace pieces or can the existing furniture work for now?
There’s also furniture that’s designed to meet special physical needs. For example, a sleeper recliner lift chair improves comfort and safety for seniors that live alone or someone who suffers from a chronic injury. Anytime you have a physical limitation, that needs to be a top consideration.
When you’re dealing with furniture there can be a number of spatial limitations to what you should buy. Both the size of the furniture and the size of the room will come into play. The shape or configuration of the room is also a consideration.
The furniture will need to be appropriately sized to leave enough space for through traffic. Oversized furniture can also make a room feel cramped even if it’s a good size.
Making a blueprint of the room with exact dimensions can help. There are a number of apps like MagicPlan and Room Creator that can help you do this. The bird’s eye view will help you figure out the best furniture layout and how much space is needed for each piece.
The architectural features, colors, artwork, accessories and other furniture work together to create the decor of a room. When you plan to introduce another piece of furniture into the mix it should fit the existing decor rather than fighting it.
That doesn’t mean that every design element needs to fall into the same decor category. There are ways to artfully mix and match. The key is to tie in the furniture in at least one way.
The easiest example is color. Furniture pieces may be every different style made, but if they are all the same color they will look cohesive.
Do you plan on renovating in the near future? That’s something else that needs to be factored in when you’re considering the decor. If not, you could find yourself trying to match the renovated decor with the furnishings so it doesn’t clash.
The budget is one factor that’s inescapable for most people. It’s often the only thing holding people back from getting their dream furniture.
The cost of furniture depends on a number of things. Quality of the materials is a big one. If you plan on buying leather furniture you’ve got to make extra room in the budget for the higher quality materials.
Where you by furniture also comes into play. Secondhand furniture is almost always going to cost less than new furniture unless it’s an antique. Some furniture retailers offer special financing deals, which make furniture purchases more affordable because you can pay it off over time.
Because furniture is a big investment, keep longevity in mind when you’re coming up with a budget. More expensive higher-quality furniture may be worth it if you expect it to last significantly longer than a cheaper option.
Of course, there’s a lot more that can go into buying furniture, but the four considerations above are essentials that affect everyone. Nail these factors down first and you’ll be well on your way to making a sound furniture investment.