Buying new furniture has always been a rather complex affair, especially for the beginners. No one buys a couch the same way they buy a laptop or a TV. You can hardly carry a couch out of the store, the same way you would some other items. Also, usually, you won’t even know how to transport your new furniture back to your home.
Just like pretty much every other business, the furniture business is going through some radical changes, mostly thanks to the recession and the digital age. These bring both good and potentially bad things for new furniture buyers. The good things include a greater number of choices than ever, as well as an opportunity to easily compare the prices. On the other hand, a large number of furniture shops are struggling, and, as a result, usually, tend to utilize aggressive sales tactics.
If you need help purchasing your first furniture, let us provide it in the form of a furniture buying guide for beginners.
Know the materials
Since the vast majority of furniture pieces are made from wood, let’s focus on this material. In general, you will have three options: solid wood, veneers, and composite wood.
Solid wood usually looks better than other types, but it is more expensive and somewhat vulnerable to water rings and scratches. Veneers feature a rather cheap wood base, which is usually covered by some thin, quality-wood layers. Due to their cheap wood-base, veneers are considerably cheaper than solid wood furniture pieces. Lastly, composite wood furniture features a combination of resin, plastics, and wood pulp. These are the cheapest and may look pretty decent. However, they are much less durable and have a much shorter lifespan.
When it comes to the fabrics and colors, take into consideration your lifestyle. For example, if you have a large, hyperactive dog in your home, your new suede couch will most likely end up stained and torn apart in a matter of minutes. Therefore, if you have pets or small kids in your home, look for stain-resistant and tough fabrics like tweed or linen, as well as dark colors.
Choosing the right colors
When choosing the color of your new furniture, always take into account the colors of your home’s interior and your personal preferences. Always keep in mind that there are high chances that you will change your home’s interior colors at one point and that you might also change your opinion about certain colors. That is why you should try sticking to neutral colors, especially for bigger, pricier pieces. If you want bold colors, save them for smaller, decor pieces.
Testing the comfort
For this, test the cushions, of course. Look for firmer cushions that feature a removable cover. Even though fully covered cushions will cost you more that those that feature a one-sided pattern, they will last you longer and hold up better over time. Also, try to find the covers that are easy to maintain and wash.
When to buy?
The prices of furniture are quite unpredictable and can vary throughout the entire year. If you want to get the best prices, try waiting for some big national holidays, or until Christmas, when stores usually offer the largest discounts.