8 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting Furniture
Furniture is an essential element of any home and it should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing however, we understand choosing the right furniture for your home can be overwhelming. In this blog, we’ll outline some common mistakes to avoid when selecting furniture including issues relating to colour, sizing, and more!
001 Relying on Store Lighting for True Colour
Have you ever bought clothes in a certain colour at the store, only to find that the colour was completely different when you got home? The same can be said for furniture. Colour Rendering Index (CRI) is the measurement of how natural colours appear under an artificial light source when compared to natural sunlight. It’s important to keep this in mind when purchasing furniture. Store lighting is usually much brighter than at home, and most products can appear much more saturated than they are.
So, how can you avoid this? Most stores have fabric samples that you can take home to compare. Another option is bringing in samples from your home and comparing your existing items to the new pieces and seeing if the colour changes. Also, try to visit stores during different times of the day and weather conditions. These methods will give you a more accurate representation of the furniture you want to buy.
002 Neglecting Sizing and Dimensions
There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect piece of furniture only to find out on delivery day that it doesn’t fit through your door. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake that many people make, and it can be very frustrating. Fortunately, it’s easy to measure doorways, hallways, and stairs to prevent this from happening. This ensures you choose furniture that fits into your space without any headaches.
Another mistake when selecting furniture is not considering the size or dimensions of the furniture within the space. Furniture that is too large or too small will disrupt the balance and flow of the room and look off.
Masking Tape for the Kitchen Island, Esplanade
We suggest applying painter’s tape on the floor so you can see exactly how much space your furniture will take up.
003 Overlooking Functionality and Comfort
While aesthetics is a consideration when purchasing furniture, functionality and comfort are more important. Furniture should be functional, comfortable, and serve its purpose. Also, be careful not to get caught up in current trends. Some people end up buying furniture they don’t like just because it’s trending on social media. Sooner than later, you’ll get tired of it and want to buy something else, so save yourself the hassle and buy furniture that you actually like. This ensures it’ll last longer and you’ll enjoy using it and looking at it every day,
004 Ignoring the Quality and Durability of Furniture
To ensure your furniture lasts for years, consider investing in high-quality furniture. Avoid the mistake of choosing furniture based solely on pricing or appearance, without considering the quality of materials and construction. Choose furniture made of solid wood/high-quality materials with sturdy frames and carefully connected joints.
Also, pay attention to the composition of fabric upholstery as some materials require more maintenance than others. Not all fabrics are created equally, and some fabrics fade and stain more easily than others. Because of this, we recommend synthetic fabrics over natural fabrics.
005 Matching Furniture Sets and Big Box Stores
Avoid buying everything from the same big box store or retailer. If possible, buy local or second-hand to find interesting pieces. As interior designers, we source from multiple retailers and never from one place only.
It’s not the early 2000’s anymore and while it may be tempting to buy the same set of furniture, there’s no need to buy everything from the same line. You can still create a sense of unity and buy furniture in different colours, materials, and styles. Matching sets are usually on sale and such “bargains” can seem like a good idea but,,,
If you want to create a unique space, matching sets are not the
way to go.
Example of Matching Furinture Sets
006 Buying Everything All at Once
Moving into a new space and looking for new furniture can be exciting, but don’t try to buy everything all at once. If you buy everything at once, you may forget your vision for your space and end up selecting items that were not your first choice. This also means that in the future you may be keen on getting rid of these pieces leading you to spend more money. It’s like fast fashion but for furniture. If you take the time to source and purchase furniture, you’ll find furniture that truly resonates with you and will last for decades to come.
007 Neglecting your Lifestyle
Analyzing your lifestyle and asking yourself some simple questions will help you make practical decisions. This prevents you from buying the wrong pieces and steers you in the right direction. If you love to host and entertain, you’ll want to buy an extendable dining table. If you have kids or pets, you’ll want to buy kid-and-pet-friendly furniture. If you have a budget, you should stick to it. It may seem obvious but it’s easy to lose track of your budget, especially when dealing with pushy salespeople.
Some stores will encourage you to open a store credit card to “lock in” a low-interest rate or get freebies. Please don’t feel pressured that this is something you need to do. You don’t want to buy your furniture and feel guilty about it because now you’re in debt. The best thing you can do is set money aside and save, especially for bigger purchases like a sectional or a bed. Lastly, factor in additional charges like delivery and assembly if needed.
008 Ignoring Reviews and Ergonomics
It’s important to read reviews, especially those with photos attached. Reviews often provide additional information not included in the product description and may answer some of your questions. It’s also important to distinguish between genuine reviews and sponsored reviews, and between a few unhappy customers. Reviews with photos are also very helpful in seeing the actual color and texture of the product.
Because each of our bodies is different, it’s difficult to assess the comfort and support of furniture without taking the time to sit down and try it out. You may have found the perfect desk chair, but when you sit on it, you realize that it’s extremely uncomfortable. Because of this, purchasing furniture online can be difficult. If possible, visit a physical store before purchasing it online to avoid disappointment when it arrives at your home.
It’s no secret that purchasing furniture can be expensive and we hope that this blog makes furniture shopping easier. You can always give us a call if you want us to do the work for you!