Though you might assume that shopping for furniture is quite easy, there is actually a lot more that goes into the process. It is all well and good to fall in love with a particular piece and just want to take it home, but you do have to remember that furniture should last a while. Unless of course you are a college student and your primary concern is price, not quality! That said, for new homeowners, it can be a tricky task, especially since you want to lock in the best possible deal financially as well. Here we have collected some of the best tips to help you along, all pertaining to the quality and design which are essential attributes when it comes to furniture.
In other words, the construction of the piece. You can easily judge whether a piece of furniture is of good quality or not simply by the build. Those that are well-constructed as usually sturdy, hardy and heavy, often because they are made of solid wood. Unless you are on a strict budget, avoid going for materials other than wood; except for outdoor furniture perhaps. Wooden furniture is not only more elegant and chic, they can also be sold as second-hand furniture sometime down the line if need be.
This is also important to consider, as some designs are timeless and others are specific to eras. Antiques for instance have already proven to be timeless over the years, gradually accumulating worth and higher prices with time. Others are more modern options, so which you decide to go for is entirely upto you. For example, you are unlikely to come across antique leather lounges, but they are definitely available as modern-day additions, which if we may say so ourselves, are hip and trendy. They are also great for entertaining guests since they can quite literally just lounge about and relax.
Just like your home should be carefully and neatly finished, the furniture you opt for should also be well-crafted. That means a well-done polishing job, and the right staining and colouring as well. This is especially important for wooden furniture, since any discrepancies are often glaringly visible. Did you know that generally, many pieces can be changed purely via the finish colour? Go from traditional to contemporary simply with a change in shade, and turn the same furniture into something new down the line.
An ‘Oomph’ Factor
When you shop for clothes you often look for that eye-catching detail that is as unique as it is flattering, and the same goes when shopping for furniture as well. Quality pieces of furniture will most likely have something that sets them apart, and thus gives it a unique look overall. Choose options like those. You will find that they too stand the test of time and can be used for years on end, even becoming generational artifacts so to speak. Remember, simplicity is key so you are looking for just the one oomph factor.