Make the right choice

Updated: Jun 28 2009, 06:29am hrs
Furniture shopping, if done on an impulse, can often prove to be a lifetime misery. shares some tips and suggestions to avoid some common mistakes that are completely avoidable, if one plans ahead and some points to consider.

Forgetting to measure furniture

Ensure that you measure the room before buying furniture, to make sure that it will fit in the space that you have dedicated it.

Ignoring scale

A sofa that looks perfect in the corner of the shop might look far too big in your room, or it may not be big enough. It is very hard to judge when you are looking at a picture or seeing it in a showroom.

Overlooking colour scheme

A colour that looks relatively natural in a showroom, could be overpowering when you get it home. You should try to take a colour swatch or something with similar colours to see how it would look together.

Paying too much attention to fads

It is best to buy a piece of furniture that you will feel comfortable with for years to come. Styles can come and go very quickly, so look beyond a few months of excitement, and consider the future.

Ignoring furniture users

Before you buy furniture, make sure you know how it will be used, and who will be using it the most. If you forget to factor in small children, pets and eating in front of the TV, you could be heading for a disaster!

Not testing your furniture

When buying seating whether it be a chair, recliner or stool, you should always test it to judge for quality. Try out your sofa in the shop the way you would use it at home, so yes, that means lying down on it too! If you are buying from the internet, go to the shop and try it out first if you can.

Buying on impulse

Impulse buying is one of the biggest mistakes people make when shopping for furniture. Sometimes the price seems irresistible, or in other situations you might be in a hurry.

Asking for more opinions

When you consult too many people, you make it harder to narrow down your choices. Never take along an entourage when shopping for furniture. It drives the salespeople crazy and you dont benefit from five different people offering conflicting views.

Not asking for assistance

The salespeople are there to help you, and they might be able to offer advice and suggestions which ultimately help you make a better buying decision.

Overpaying for your furniture

When buying furniture, there are plenty of ways for you to save money. You can always enquire if the store would offer any special discounts, especially, if you are buying several pieces. Avoid buy now, pay later financing plans as you can end up paying high interest rates if you cant pay it all in a lump sum later.