The second most crucial thing after buying your dream home is furnishing it well. But the process is not as simple as it sounds; in fact, it’s quite tedious. From choosing the right pieces that fit in, to making sure that everything is within your budget, there is a lot of attention, research and exploring required. After all, you do not want to spend hefty amounts on things that you might regret later.
But do not panic! We are here to save your day and list the 9 mistakes people generally make while choosing home furniture. Read on to know more and make sure you do not commit one of the mentioned blunders:
Not measuring it right
The first and foremost thing to do, which most people forget, is accurately measuring the furniture as well as space for its placement. Whether it’s the couch or the multiple-cabinet bed, ensure that it’s neither too big (nor too small) for the corner you envisioned. Besides, it’s essential to measure all the doorframes through which you will have to pass the furniture piece. Because of course, you do not wish to return your pick (that too at your own cost) just because you cannot take it through.
Avoiding thorough research
Researching about the kind of product you want might be boring but it’s really worth your time. So do not but anything without thorough research. Go through innumerable websites, visit multiple stores, compare prices, look for discount, and check out the best of every brand before finializing anything. If online shopping is your thing, do not forget to check the customer reviews – well, who else can suggest you better than your fellow shoppers.
It is very natural for people to give in to their impulses and spend beyond the set limit. But that’s exactly what you are not supposed to do. No matter how good the furniture looks or how tempting the offer sounds, do not instantly buy it. Give ample time to research about it, see if it meets all the criteria and then make the final decision.
Making a big purchase at once
It is understandable that you want to quickly furnish your dream home but buying everything at once from a single store is not at all what you should do. It is always a good idea to divide the shopping process into parts and look for furniture pieces one at a time.
People spend a treasure on buying furniture, unaware that there is a whole market of rental furniture out there. Go for furniture rental. Instead of buying everything, make a list and get some furniture on rent. There are several companies that rent furniture under almost every category – furniture for dining, bedroom as well as living area. Be a smart buyer and save money wherever possible.
Compromising comfort for look
There is a never-ending list of options available in the market that would totally make your place look like one of those Pinterest houses, but is that really all you want? Well, definitely not! No matter how glamorous or stylish the furniture is, it needs to be comfortable. After all, post a long tiring day at office, you would want to crash on a bed/couch that’s comforting and not just beautiful. Or you would want your cupboard to have sufficiently deep racks and not just be the good-looking piece of wood placed in a corner.
Ignoring the maintenance cost
Once you have purchased the right furniture (which surely must have taken a lot of money from you), it is important to maintain it well – clean it timely and save it from damage. Therefore, consider the maintenance process as well as the money to be spent in polishing the wood, cleaning the fabric or waxing the furniture.
Before you buy or bring furniture on rental, ask yourself these questions – Is it possible for me to clean it or a professional help would be needed?, How much money do I have to spend on maintaining it?, Is the maintenance cost more than the purchase cost?
Buying stuff on other’s suggestion
People often get influenced by their close friends and end up buying things that aren’t perfect for them. Say a big NO to that. You are the one going to use the furniture for years, so do not buy it under anybody’s influence. Choose what compliments your house and fits within your budget.
Everything at the furniture store looks beautiful and tempting, but do not get carried away. Look for things that you really need and that actually fits into your lifestyle. For example, an armchair can be a really good furniture piece but if it’s of no use to you, do not waste your money on purchasing it.