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Tips to Consider when Buying Quality Furniture
Buying new furniture is an investment not just for your home, but also for your quality of life. You want to create a place where you can de-stress and escape from the rest of the world, your personal sanctuary that reflects your tastes and looks great. Here are a few things to consider when choosing quality furniture.
A good piece of furniture that will look great for years will feel heavy and solid. If you invest in solid wood frames instead of cheaper veneers, particle board or aluminium, your pieces will be more durable in the long run. Open drawers and doors to see how well they are put together and how smoothly they operate. Check the thickness and construction of sofa cushioning. Even the way wood is joined can tell you about the quality of a piece. Wood that is glued or nailed down at corners is more common than cheaper furniture, whereas you can see the woodworking joints on better pieces.
Invest in classic looks if you want quality furniture that can stand the test of time. This doesn’t mean that you have to choose a boring design; you may still want something very contemporary. But before you buy, look through furniture stores and magazines to get a feel for your personal style. Click here for some showroom examples. Knowing your style can guide you in finding a look that you’ll love. Just keep in mind that you want something you can see yourself loving for a long time.
For wooden furniture, the stain of the wood can dramatically affect the look of the room. Do you want a light airy feel, a darker formal design, or the white painted look of a beach house? If the room has a wood floor, its finish will probably influence the furniture pieces you choose. Wood tones don’t have to match precisely as you can achieve an interesting look by pairing pieces that are similar but not an exactly match together. And the good news is that you can adapt your pieces as trends and your tastes change by refinishing older furniture.
As with finish, the fabrics you choose can change the look of any room. Darker colours and conservative prints can make a room look more formal, or you can decorate with bright colours to add some pop. For items that are used heavily, such as sofa cushions, dark colours tend to wear better over time. Look for removable covers that you can wash easily.
Sticking to neutral colours for your more expensive pieces is a smart investment, as you will tend to have these pieces longer. You don’t want to end up with something you love right now but won’t be able to stand in a year or two. Searching for the perfect piece of furniture can feel daunting and the variety of choices seems endless. But with a little advance research and a good idea of your personal style, you’ll be able to feel confident that you’re choosing quality pieces that you’ll still love and that will still look great in many years from now.
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