Let us answer the age-old home decor question – What should I look for when buying furniture?
With the keys to your new house in your hand, you’re thinking, “The hard part is over.” All those nights spent pouring over your financials, going through the paperwork, and back-and-forth with everyone from lawyers to real estate agents to parents – done and dusted.
Or so you think. Next steps? Furnishing.
For many, it will be the first time you’ll have complete freedom to do whatever you want with the space. But that freedom can also be crippling. Is a 12-seater sofa set too many? Is a round coffee table chic or space consuming? Will a Nordic-style sofa go with the Moroccan lamp? Is Scandinavian furniture better?
Take a deep breath. Because while the possibilities seem endless, there are a few parameters you should work within when looking for new furniture.
Bet you didn’t think rules would come in handy now, did you?
1. Size does matter
Your home shouldn’t be wall-to-wall furniture. Even a mansion can feel cramped when stuffed to the brim. Instead, find pieces that will leave enough space for you to walk around freely.
For example? If you live in a semi-D with a large hall, a seven-seater will do just nicely to fill up the space and accommodate more family members at once. But for most, first homes are studios or a 2-bedroomer where an L-shaped three-seater leaves a little more room to breathe.
When working with smaller spaces, it is important to pick pieces that are less obstructive yet still play a practical role if guests are over.
And if they’re planning to bunk with you for the night, it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra bed lying around. In your couch, perhaps? Having a pull-out bed or a sofa bed means you can own a cosy unit and still have people over for a short stay.
A small space isn’t a sentence. It’s just a matter of incorporating pieces that work a little harder.
2. Spring for the best quality furniture within your budget
These days, cheap furniture are a dime a dozen. The thing they don’t tell you is that they were built to break. By lowering the cost of the product as well as the quality of the finish, they get you to come back time and time again to replace worn and torn furnishings. In the long run, that’s going to cost you so much more than your initial savings.
How can you tell a good quality furniture from a poor quality one? First and foremost, good quality wood furniture should be reasonably scratch resistant. So, if the furniture scuffs or dents easily, the furniture probably won’t last long enough.
Another accurate gauge is the sound test. Good quality furniture will not wobble or creak.
Therefore, the material is one thing to consider. Speaking of which, we come to our next point…
3. It should be made with the good stuff
Think of the worst-case scenarios when selecting the material. Families with young children will want to choose a fabric that is both sturdy yet easy to clean, like Nappa fabric (for those inevitable drink spillage).
Wood furniture looks elegant in most any homes but can be dear when made with higher quality wood and intricate carving work. Instead, opt for simple pieces made with hardwood as opposed to softwood so that they’ll last longer.
It’s all about finding the perfect middle ground between wants, needs, and what you can afford.
Weather plays a big role in determining if a material is suitable to be placed in your part of the town or area of the house. You obviously don’t want a material that could not withstand your weather conditions.
Wrought iron and resin, for example, are long-lasting and are impervious to damp conditions as well as heat.
4. Make it work for YOU and your home decor
Your furniture should revolve around your everyday life and not the other way around. You won’t want an all-white furniture when dealing with toddlers brandishing crayons, nor do you want a static four-seater dining table set if you’re a couple who loves hosting dinner parties.
The pieces you choose should reflect who you are and your personal preferences, and that will narrow down the material you choose even further.
Colour also plays an important part in adding character and depth to space, so make it a point to pick one that complements the tone and decor of the room.
5. Above all else, comfort comes first
When it comes to picking out furniture, substance comes above style. Always. Because that’s what will make you feel truly at home. There really isn’t a point in owning a stunner of a sofa if it starts to itch after the opening credits of your favourite Netflix series. While this is true with any of the furniture you pick out, it goes double for your mattress.
You spend almost a third of your life lying on it, so why would you ever compromise on a mattress that can’t give you a good night’s sleep? Go Goldilocks when it comes to your mattress choice. It has to be just right. If you’re living with a partner that doesn’t have the same preferences as you? Musterring mattresses may just be the answer to your prayers – it can be customised according to each individual’s preferences.
Currently available only at Harvey Norman, Musterring lets you customise either side of the bed to your preferred hardness, the material it is made of, even the type of mattress topper you like. What a time to be alive!
Harvey Norman also offers Guardsman protection, which is essentially insurance for your furniture & mattress as well as pillow protectors. So, you can rest easy knowing that a tear caused by a wayward zipper isn’t the end of your lounging days.
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