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10 Things to Look Out for When Shopping for Furniture!

Tips for furnishing your home!

For many people, shopping for furniture can be very stressful, but it does not have to be that way! What we have today is an easy-to-digest list to help start you off on your furniture search!


1. Quality: Pick well-made furniture, always! While it is tempting to buy many pieces of cheap furniture in a single purchase, more often than not, you end up with items of poor quality, and sub-par durability. However, if you know what to look out for, you can find quality furniture without the hefty price tag!

To check for quality, you will need to understand how a piece of furniture is produced. While it may seem like a bit of work, the eventual satisfaction that comes with a quality piece of furniture makes it worthwhile!

For example, when we talk about sofas, here is a nifty little checklist:

· Wood type: Choose hard wood (e.g. oak, ash) over soft wood (e.g. pine). While this may not seem immediately important, hard woods out-perform soft woods by a large margin!

· Inner wooden frame: Choose Solid Wood over Plywood – this can be tricky as a sofa’s frame is under the upholstery. However! You can easily tell them apart simply by lifting the sofa up. A solid wood frame is much heavier than sofas with a plywood frame.

· Leather: Choose genuine leather over PU Leather – surely you want your couch to age beautifully with time, don’t you? With PU leather, it will crack with use, exposing the fabric underneath. Genuine leather, in contrast, becomes softer and more comfortable with age!

· Availability of Product Information: Choose transparency! A sofa retailer which is able to provide comprehensive information regarding their products will enable you to compare your choices and enable you to make the best choice!


2. Function: Do you really need those pieces of furniture? Or will it end up cluttering your space? When shopping for furniture, you will inevitably be swayed by the outward appearance and additional features of different pieces of furniture. Sometimes, what seems to be a good for your home may end up being a white elephant!

To avoid that, consider the following:

· Will it be useful? Think of furniture as solutions to an issue in your home. Any piece of furniture that you buy should solve a future/present issue, not create more!

· How suitable is it? Make sure that the piece of furniture is able to perform its intended function consistently at the showroom! This can be as simple as checking if the product’s height is a good fit for your height, for example.




3. Materials: What is your furniture made out of? It goes without saying that different materials behave diff