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Furniture Follies: Common Mistakes To Avoid At The Furniture Store

Buying new furniture for your home is exciting and fun but it's also a big investment. You should choose furnishings that look great, are comfortable, and are durable enough to last for several years. Knowing what to avoid can help you find furniture that's a wise investment of your hard-earned money.

Mistake 1: Choosing furniture based on looks alone

It can be tempting to choose furniture based on looks alone when you walk into your local furniture store and see a beautiful sofa that catches your eye. However, beauty doesn't always equal comfort. When you're choosing a couch and accent chairs, comfort should always come first.

Take an honest assessment of the sofa and chairs when you sit in them. How well do they support your back? Is the sofa comfortable enough for you to stretch out and take a nap on it? Are there any areas that feel uncomfortable on your legs?

Mistake 2: Choosing furniture without thinking of the future

That twin-sized bed may be practical for now if you're single, but unless you plan to stay alone for the rest of your life it may be more cost-effective to purchase a full or queen bed now if you have the extra space. The same goes for gender-specific styles and colors of furniture. A hot pink headboard may look fantastic now but may not be practical if your future partner can't stand bold colors.

A small dining room table may be all the room you need for everyday meals, but if you plan to expand your family in the future you may want to consider purchasing at least a medium-sized table and chairs. If you enjoy entertaining, you should purchase the largest table your dining room can accommodate to provide you with years of seating for dinner parties and entertaining guests.

Mistake 3: Choosing furniture without taking measurements

Looks can be deceiving, especially when you're shopping for furniture in a large furniture store showroom. Measure your rooms and take care to measure areas where you plan to place a sofa or bed. Guessing can result in a disaster on the day when your furniture is delivered and nothing seems to fit right.

Doing a little planning before you head to the local furniture store to shop for new furniture will assure you of a favorable outcome. Selecting your new furnishings will still be fun and exciting, but having a plan will take the stress off and help you choose wisely now and for the future.