Top Furniture Buying Mistakes
- Forgetting to Measure Your Furniture:
Don’t neglect to measure the room ahead of buying to see if your new furniture will fit. You will be amazed at the number of furniture purchases that never make it into a home because the buyer neglected to measure the furniture or forgot to take into account hallways, doors, elevators and stairs.
- Ignoring Scale:
A sofa that looks just right in the store, might look too big in your room or not big enough. It is hard to judge when you’re looking at a picture or seeing it in a showroom. Also measure to make sure that your new piece matches the scale of the furniture you already own.
- Not Paying Enough Attention to Color:
A color that doesn’t look very overpowering in the showroom, could do so in your home. You should also bring home a color swatch or a pillow to see how it would look in your own home. Also, when buying on the internet, be aware that the color on a monitor looks different on a real sofa. Request a fabric swatch as many companies will provide one if asked.
- Paying Too Much Attention to Fads:
It is best to buy a piece of furniture that you will feel comfortable with for years to come. That goes for color as well as style. Fads can come and go very quickly, so look beyond a few months of excitement. Instead, buy furniture that truly appeals to you and will look good even years later.
- Ignoring Who Will Really Be Using Your Furniture:
Before you buy furniture, make sure that you know how it will be used, and who will be using it. If you forget to factor in small children, pets, and snacking while watching TV, you could be heading for disaster. Your fabulous cream colored sofa will be no match for grubby hands, or muddy paws. An absolutely gorgeous coffee table with a delicate finish will not last too long when you have people putting up their feet on it.
- Not Testing Your Furniture Before You Buy:
When buying a sofa, recliner or chair, you should always test it, and judge for quality. What if that very stylish sofa turns out to be so uncomfortable that you never want to sit on it? Your furniture should always make life more comfortable and easier. Try out your sofa in the store the way you would use it at home, and yes, that means lying down on it, too. If you are buying furniture on the internet, go to a store and try it out first. Also, open and close drawers and doors on casegoods to see if they function properly.
- Buying Furniture on Impulse:
Impulse buying is one of the biggest mistakes people make when shopping for furniture. Sometimes the price seems irresistible, other times the piece looks just too good to pass up, or you might be in a hurry to make your place look good in time for the impending arrival of guests. Resist the impulse to make a hasty decision.
- Asking for Too Many Opinions:
When you consult too many people, you make it harder to narrow down your choices. Never take along an entourage when shopping for furniture. It drives the salespeople crazy and you don’t benefit from five different people offering wildly divergent views. If you don’t want to go alone, go with your significant other, or just one other person whose judgment you trust.
- Not Asking for Help:
The salespeople are there to help you, and they might be able to offer advice and suggestions which ultimately help you make a better buying decision. While the ultimate buying decision will be yours, but by not consulting them you might not even get a good idea of all the options you have. Incidentally, it is a better idea to go shopping on a weekday so that you can get a salesperson’s full attention.