Tips for Buying Quality Furniture
The furniture in your home plays a significant role in your overall interior design. The pieces you put in any given space can instantly create a look, set the mood, and establish your style (no pressure, of course). Unfortunately, not only is your furniture essential to a great layout, as many of us learn the hard way, it can also be expensive. It’s worth it to spend a little more on some of your most prominent furnishings. However, you always want to know that you’re buying quality furniture (aka getting what you pay for.) Go into the furniture shopping process armed with a few vital tips that help you find quality pieces that will work with both your budget and interior spaces.
Whether you’re shopping for furniture from Niche Design House or another quality furniture store, here are a few things to think about:
While it’s not impossible to furnish a home without using any wooden pieces, it can prove extremely difficult. From bed headboards to coffee tables and a wide range of everything in between, if you’re buying furniture for your home, chances are, you’ll purchase at least a few wooden items. What you need to know as you’re shopping is that wood furniture comes in three main categories: solid wood, veneers, and particleboard. Solid wood pieces are high-quality furnishings that last forever but can prove highly susceptible to water rings and scratches. Veneers offer a lesser expensive wood core but are covered with thin layers of higher-quality wood at the surface. Particleboard (or composite wood) carries the lowest price points and is created using various scraps of pulp, resin, and plastics.
Skip Nails and Glue
When shopping, be aware of how certain pieces are joined together at the ends and corners. Some pieces will use nails and glue to connect at the edges, which isn’t inherently wrong, but you may find that it has a very short lifespan in your home. Whenever possible, look for furniture that uses “joinery,” or wooden pegs and pieces that connect corners and ends. Joinery not only looks better, but it also creates sturdier furniture that is capable of bearing more weight.
Open It Up
When you’re buying quality furniture, you’ll want to be sure to test out all the features on any furnishings you may purchase. Just pulling open a drawer is often all it takes to know if an item is well made or not. Make sure every feature opens fully, closes easily, and latches properly. When you’re using the piece, take note that it doesn’t wiggle due to an uneven build. Finally, always assess any handles and knobs on the furniture to determine that they are very solidly in place and not jiggling in your hand every time you want to open a cabinet or drawer.
Yes, that white, plush loveseat is gorgeous and would make a perfect addition to your great room – but will it stand up to your current lifestyle? Children, pets, and even less-than-tidy roommates all warrant consideration when you’re picking out furniture for your home. Instead of a pristine ivory sofa, you may want to opt for something in a darker shade and in a fabric designed to withstand stains and heavy use.
Avoid Overly Trendy Pieces
It’s easy to spend a lot of money on high-end pieces touting the latest styles and designs. However, you want to be careful not to overspend on an item that is trendy today – and passé fad tomorrow. While it’s perfectly fine to splurge a bit on some of your smaller accents and furnishings, you may want to consider more neutral colors and classic styles for some of your biggest, more expensive accessories to avoid having buyer’s remorse once an item is no longer in style.
Do even more to avoid buyers remorse and make sure you’re not making these mistakes in this article when buying furniture.
Ask an Expert
The best way to avoid spending too much or settling for less-than-quality furnishings is to skip the traditional home accessory shopping experience altogether and partner with a professional interior design firm that sells furniture or has access to trusted vendors. A professional interior designer that also offers a furniture store will help guide you through the process to find pieces that work with your lifestyle, room layout, and budget. Best of all, partnering with a designer means that if you can’t find something you like, they can often work with you to create a custom piece for a one-of-a-kind final look in your room.
When you know what to look for, buying quality furniture doesn’t have to be too difficult. Ready to furnish your living spaces? Consider our furniture at Niche Design House in Loveland. Our high-quality pieces instantly enhance the look of any room. Contact us today to hear more.