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8 Common Mistakes That Should be Avoided While Buying Home Furniture

19 Jul
8 Common Mistakes That Should be Avoided While Buying Home Furniture


Now that you’ve moved into your dream home, your next job is to decorate it with the best home furniture. You naturally leaf through magazines and surf the internet looking for ideas and options.

However, sometimes what looks great in pictures may not fit or look great in your home. To avoid disappointments by spending money on useless furniture, it’s better to first know these 8 mistakes to avoid.

1.  Going on a shopping spree and buying everything in sight

Most people end up so excited seeing the furniture at a shop that they just want to buy everything for their rooms. However, doing this means you don’t have the space and flexibility of picking up something better you may find elsewhere.

Instead buy the main sofa or dining set first, get used to it for a few days and slowly you get ideas of the additional furniture you should buy. Sometimes it’s only after sitting on the sofa do you realize that something vintage or exclusive will complement your set and decor really well. 

2.  Buying rugs too small

A rug not only looks great in your living room, it is actually your room’s focal point. This is why you have to buy not only an attractive rug but should also be proportionately sized for your room.

Small rugs only end up making your room look smaller. The best way to choose the right sized rug for your room is by ensuring that the two front legs of each furniture piece lie on the rug. Missing the rug even by an inch means your rug is too small for your room.

3.  Not listening to salespeople

People tend to ignore suggestions placed by the store’s salespeople or customer support as they usually consider them to be too pushy. While they may be pushy or aggressive, it’s mainly because they want to help you make the right choice. It helps if you ask them for suggestions based on your budget and your specific requirements like the ease of cleaning, safe for use with kids and pets around etc.

4.  Impulsive buying

Avoid buying on an impulse as it’s always bad. If and when you get an urge to buy a particular piece of furniture first take a deep breath and check out other available options. Then take some time to compare the pros and cons of the different pieces and only when you are eventually happy should you buy it.

Remember, furniture is not cheap, so take your time to choose furniture you really need, and which fits your budget. With impulsive buying, there’s a high chance of your getting carried away and eventually buying something you don’t even need.

5.  Exceeding your budget

It’s very important that you set a budget before you go looking for, and buying home furniture. Furniture is rather expensive, especially the good and durable pieces. As furniture is a long-lasting investment, look for durable pieces.  

However, this doesn’t mean that you end up buying something that exceeds your budget. The best way to avoid this is by setting your budget before you go hunting and make sure you stick to it. Of course, if you are on a really tight budget, then it’s worth doing your shopping when there are sales going on or at a discount furniture store.

6.  Failing to keep your future plans in mind

As the furniture you buy will be used for a few years, you have to buy something that you know you will be able to use for a few years. For example, if you don’t have children now, and there’s a chance of having one soon, buy furniture that is durable enough to last these years even with kids around.

This also applies to pets. If you don’t have one now, but plan to buy one soon, then it’s better to avoid buying delicate furniture like pieces made of leather or velvet as your pet will end up spoiling it. Instead, look for something that’s easy to clean and will maintain its look for a long time to come.

7.  Buying a set

Sometimes you get so overwhelmed with the furniture choices that you find buying a set more convenient. However, it’s not always advisable because you should buy not sets, but furniture that befits you. Mix tones, styles, and textures to give your room some excitement and something special instead of the monotony of similarly designed chairs, sofas, and tables.

While it’s important that you mix and match your furniture from different places, too much of mixing means nothing eventually match. You have to maintain some sort of cohesion between the pieces through color or furniture style otherwise everything ends up looking chaotic and confusing.

8.  Wrong sizes

Most people make the mistake of pairing a large sectional sofa with tiny side chairs or coffee tables. This is wrong as your furniture has to be on the same scale lest it ends up looking inappropriate. 

Aim at making your room look cohesive by calculating the space in between different pieces of furniture. For example, maintain about 18 inches of space in between a sofa and a coffee table for your living room and about 32 to 36 inches of space in between adjacent seating.

In case of dining rooms, maintain 48 inches of space between the dining table edge and wall, or adjacent furniture, so that there’s sufficient space for pulling out chairs and for people to walk around. 

Lastly, the biggest mistake to make is not taking measurements. If you don’t take measurements of not only the floor space but also doorways, elevators, and stairwells before going to the store you may end up buying furniture that doesn’t fit into your doorway. Similarly, don’t forget to take measurements of the furniture before buying to ensure it fits your room, doorways, stairs, and elevators!

Now you know the 8 most common mistakes made while buying home furniture, you can now avoid these mistakes and lots of potential displeasure and headaches while shopping.

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