Top Furniture-Buying Blunders – and How to Avoid Them

farm-tableBuying furniture is supposed to be easy, but we may make some mistakes that could seem tiny at the beginning, but may have costly or drastic consequences – specifically, when we go home and realize that the furniture does not fit with our existing décor, or does not even fit the space we have allotted for it at all!

There are different furniture-buying blunders every one of us should avoid – and we can, but only if we are prepared for it and know what to look out for.

  1. Not measuring the space or room

Whether you are looking for a desk, chair, table, or dresser, the first thing you should do is measure the space where you are planning to place it. It may surprise you, but this is the number one mistake people make.

Measure the space allotted for the furniture. But it doesn’t end there. This also includes measuring your entryways and passages, doorways, and stairways where the furniture has to pass before it gets to the room. The proper measurement includes the height, diagonal width, and horizontal width. Also, take note of any lighting fixtures or railings and other architectural obstructions along the way.

  1. Not taking scale into consideration

The second major mistake furniture buyers make is not measuring the scale of the room where you are placing the furniture. Even if a dinner table looks like the perfect size in the shop, it might be too big (or small) for your dining room. You cannot really judge the scale based on what you see in the store. Avoid problems of scale by measuring the existing furniture in the room as well as the height of the room’s walls, then compare this to the furniture you have in mind.

  1. Putting too much trust in trends or fads

While it may be the trend to have a plastic dinner table or steel bookcase, don’t get too carried away. Remember that trends come and go, and what may look good today may look horrible tomorrow. Instead, opt for a classic look which will look good through the years. If you’re unsure, solid wooden furniture is a good choice, especially for dining tables and desks. Go for a subtle, understated appeal combined with a solid form and function.

  1. Not thinking of the furniture’s users

Sometimes, we see a piece of furniture that looks stunning, and we think that it’s just what we need to complete a room. But we also have to consider who will be using the furniture. It wouldn’t do to have a white sofa or chairs with cream upholstery when you have young children or pets, for instance.

In this regard, choose your furniture based on who will use it and how it will be used. A few years ago, I saw some farm tables for sale at the altered antique store Olde Good Things, and realized that a sturdy, solid farm table was just what I needed for my growing family. High quality wooden furniture is always a good option if you are looking for durability, classic appeal, and longevity.

  1. Not trusting someone to help you

When browsing through a furniture store, don’t forget that there are salespersons there who job it is to help you. All you have to do is ask them for recommendations or even alternative options, and they just might point you in the right direction. Of course, the ultimate decision is yours, but you never know what you can find out by speaking to someone who knows.