7 Helpful Tips for Buying New Furniture

November 7, 2023 - Michelle Murphy

A new couch, a trendy table, or even a quirky lamp can totally flip a room.

But let’s be real, finding the perfect piece can also be kinda tricky.

Choosing new furniture is as much about finding pieces that align with things like budget as it is about seeking out what looks cool. And since furniture is something you’re going to use every day, you want to make sure you’re picking pieces that you’ll love both now and for years to come.

Here are seven tips that will help you find that perfect new furniture without breaking a sweat.

Tip #1: Know Your Style & Needs

Are you drawn to the clean lines of mid-century modern designs, or do you have a soft spot for the cozy lightness of cottagecore? Maybe you’re all about keeping things simple with a minimalist look. Understanding your style (and making sure the new additions complement what you’ve already got) will help you filter through the options and find new furniture that feels like a perfect fit.

Figuring out what you actually need is equally important. Start by thinking about the functionality and purpose of the new furniture. Sure, that glass coffee table might look stunning, but will it hold up to your family’s movie nights? Remember, the best furniture meets your needs while still looking fab in your space.

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Tip #2: Set a Realistic Budget

We’ve all been there – you spot that dreamy couch or sleek dining table, only to realize it’s way out of your budget. Ugh. Heartbreaking. That’s why it’s super important to set a realistic budget before running off to ooh and ahh over new furniture.

Start by listing out your must-haves and nice-to-haves. Prioritize pieces that you’ll use daily, like a good quality sofa or a sturdy bed. These are worth investing in! Then, if you’ve got some wiggle room, you can think about those extra touches.

Tip #3: Take Measurements

When it comes to buying new furniture, accurate measurements are your best friend. Grab a tape measure and jot down the dimensions of your space, considering doorways, windows, and other furnishings. This isn’t just about making sure your new sofa can fit through the front door (though that’s important), it’s also about how it’ll live in your room. Will there be enough space to move around? Does it block any vents or outlets? You want to plan for a harmonious fit.

Along with the furniture sizes, consider the scale of each piece as well. Large and bulky may not feel great in your small downtown condo, while a sleek and low back sofa may look small in your living room with 18’ vaulted ceilings.

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Tip #4: Choose the Right Materials

Different materials have their own vibes and practicalities. A classic wooden table can be timeless, but can stain easily if it’s not properly sealed. Metal furniture can add an industrial edge to your space, but can scratch your floors up if it’s too heavy. And that plush, white linen sofa that’s calling your name? You’ll be bidding it farewell the second that your kids or pets get near it.

Beyond matching your personal style, maintenance should be a big part of your materials decision. Some materials might need a little extra love to keep them looking fresh, so be honest with yourself about how much time you’re willing to spend on upkeep.

Tip #5: Consider Ergonomics

Did you know that poor desk ergonomics can result in vision problems, back and neck pain, and wrist, hand, and shoulder pain? When on the hunt for new furniture, it’s easy to get caught up in how things look and not how they feel. We spend a lot of our time sitting, lounging, or sleeping on our furniture, so choosing pieces that are kind to our bodies can make a world of difference in our comfort and even our health.

Start by paying attention to how a piece of furniture makes your body feel. When testing out chairs or sofas, notice if your feet can touch the ground comfortably and if your back feels supported. For desks or tables, check if the height feels right and won’t strain your shoulders or wrists. Don’t be shy to test furniture out in the store – sit down, get comfy, and imagine using it for extended periods.

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Tip #6: Understand Return Policies & Warranties

I know, reading the fine print isn’t the most exciting part of shopping for new furniture. Boring? Yes. So important? Also yes.

Different stores have different policies. Some might offer a hassle-free return within a certain period, while others might only allow exchanges or give store credit. And don’t forget to check the warranty – knowing that your new furniture is protected against defects can give you peace of mind.

You can safeguard your investment by planning for any potential mishaps by:

Tip #7: Be Patient

That fancy chair might be calling your name now, but will it still bring you joy in a few months? When it comes to buying new furniture, sometimes playing the long-game is your best bet. Taking a step back to research and compare can save you from the heartache of buyer’s remorse and impulse buys.

Another perk of being patient is that you can score some pretty sweet deals. Keep an eye on seasonal sales, holiday promotions, or even clearance events.

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Your New Furniture Awaits!

Buying new furniture can feel like a roller coaster, but with the right tips in hand, you can curate the perfect pieces that will elevate your space and bring joy to your everyday life. Making informed choices also ensures that your new furniture investment is not only visually rewarding but also stands the test of time.

So, go on and find those pieces that make your space feel like you!

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