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Furniture Shopping? These Are the Do's and Don'ts You Need To Know

Choose pieces that you'll love (and that will last) for years to come.

June 5, 2024 at 4:20 AM PST
Decorate Furniture Shopping Rules

Furniture Shopping? These Are the Do's and Don'ts You Need To Know

Choose pieces that you'll love (and that will last) for years to come.

June 5, 2024 at 4:20 AM PST

If you have a home that needs to be filled with furniture, decor and more, you’re likely craving a space that reflects your unique personality while looking cohesive and having functionality. It can be a tricky balance to achieve. Sometimes, the options can seem endless — and that’s because they are! But before you go down a Pinterest rabbit hole or start adding pieces to your cart, think about these furniture do’s and don’ts to help guide your decisions.

Eclectic chairs
Photography Credit: Eric Mufasa

Do: Measure Twice, Buy Once

There’s nothing more disheartening than falling in love with a piece of furniture only to realize it won’t fit through your door, let alone in your living room. You’ll want to first and foremost measure your space meticulously. Don’t just measure the room; take note of doorways, staircases, and any other potential obstacles. If you go to a furniture store, carry a tape measure with you. It’s a small tool that can save you big headaches.

Don’t: Ignore Your Lifestyle

While that pristine white couch might look like it belongs in a glossy magazine, consider if it fits your lifestyle. Do you have kids, pets, or a penchant for red wine? Choose materials and colors that make sense for your daily activities. For example, fabrics like microfiber or leather are durable and easier to clean, making them great choices for high-traffic areas.

Do: Mix and Match

Gone are the days when everything had to match perfectly — that includes you, matching furniture sets! Embrace a unique vibe by mixing different styles, textures, and colors. It adds character and makes your space feel more personal. Pair a modern sofa with a vintage coffee table, or mix metal and wood finishes for a more dynamic look. The key is to find a balance that feels cohesive yet uniquely yours.

Don’t: Rush the Process

Furniture shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s tempting to want to fill your home or even a room with everything all at once. But it’s important to take your time to find pieces you truly love. It’s better to live with a partially furnished room than to fill it with items you’re not excited about. Visit multiple stores, browse online, and take a few days to think about big purchases.

Photo credit: Paul Weaver

Do: Invest in Quality

While it can feel accomplished to furnish your entire home with budget-friendly options, consider investing in a few high-quality pieces. A well-made sofa or a solid wood dining table can last for years. Quality furniture is often more comfortable and durable, saving you money in the long run.

Don’t: Neglect Comfort

That avant-garde chair may look stunning, but if it’s not comfortable, it’s not worth it. When shopping for furniture, always test it out. Sit on sofas, lie down on beds, and make sure everything feels as good as it looks. If you’re shopping online, read the reviews carefully, and if they offer swatches and samples, order them!

Do: Plan Your Layout

Before you start shopping, sketch out a rough layout of your space. Consider the flow of the room and how you want to arrange your furniture. This will help you visualize how different pieces will fit together and ensure you’re buying items that complement each other.

Don’t: Forget About Scale

Scale is important in creating a balanced and harmonious space. Oversized furniture can make a room feel cramped, while tiny pieces can get lost in a large area. Pay attention to the proportions of your furniture in relation to your space. A good rule of thumb is to leave some breathing room around each piece to avoid a cluttered look.

Boho furniture
Photography Credit: Emrecan

Do: Embrace Second-Hand Finds

If it’s aligned with your style, vintage and second-hand furniture can add a one-of-a-kind look to your home and can sometimes be of higher quality than some modern pieces. Explore thrift stores, estate sales, and online marketplaces for hidden gems. With a little creativity, you can also repurpose and refresh these finds to fit your style

Don’t: Follow Trends Blindly

While it’s fun to incorporate the latest trends into your home, don’t feel pressured to follow them all. Trends come and go, but your personal style should be timeless. Choose pieces that you love and that resonate with you, rather than what’s currently in vogue.


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