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Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Furniture

1. Being Impulsive

It’s easy to make mistakes when buying furniture. We can avoid many mistakes that cost us money and peace of mind with some planning and better self-control (we know it’s hard). Impulsive buying is something many of us are prone to. No surprise there. Maybe the furniture is similar to what your friend/ relative has. Perhaps the price/ discount is too good to resist.

Ask yourself the following questions when you feel the impulse to buy:

      • Do you really like the piece of furniture or is it the price that’s more attractive?
      • Why do you want to buy something similar to another person?
      • What will you do if the furniture doesn’t suit your home?
      • What will you do when you realize that you don’t like it anymore?
      • Can you afford to make a wrong purchase?

2. Not Paying Attention to Your Lifestyle

The internet and housekeeping magazines sure inspire us when buying furniture. However, not many realize (until it’s too late) that the pictures posted are a result of a meticulous photoshoot. Everything is planned to create the right effect, from lighting to colour contrast to the setting. Does it match your lifestyle in Denver? Consider your lifestyle and region before buying furniture.

Tips to remember when choosing furniture:

      • You’ve got to live with your furniture. Pick what looks good in your home.
      • Consider kids, pets, and seniors when buying furniture.
      • Dainty items can’t survive heavy usage no matter how cute they look.
      • There’s no point in buying high-end furniture every year (unless you have more than enough money for it).
      • Appearance, cost, and durability matter. Find a balance between all three.

3. Going for a Completely Matching Set

A golden rule in buying furniture is to look for variety in color, shapes, and sizes. A completely matching set seems terrific, but not when you have to look at it every day. Colors play a vital role in setting the mood of the room. Have enough variety that you can rearrange the room to change the mood anytime you want.

      • Don’t do the following when buying furniture:
      • Buy all items for the room at once
      • Get everything in matching colors and shades
      • Pick designs based on the latest fads (it’s called fad for a reason)
      • Give more importance to appearance than comfort or vice versa
      • Ignore that your home needs character (something that reflects who you are)

A home that oozes character will be more inviting than a house that’s a copy of the latest fad.

4. Painting the Room First and Buying Furniture Later 

Did you already decide on the wall paint? Stop right there and don’t buy the cans of paint. Painting the walls first will limit your choices for furniture. What if you love an ornate little piece but can’t buy it because the color will clash with your wall paint? Ouch!

      • Colors will look different in different settings, be it a computer screen, white light, or natural light.
      • There are too many shades of the same color, and no, you can substitute one for another.
      • Anything extreme (too bland, bright, or dark) is not suitable for your home.

Once you buy the furniture, you’ll have a better idea about what to do with the bare walls. Do you want to paint it? Will wallpaper look better? Maybe textures can enhance the beauty of your furniture.

5. Not Considering the Maintenance Cost and Requirements

Furniture needs maintenance. Luckily, some require less maintenance and last for a long time. Some need more care but still last long. A few other items need more maintenance and have a shorter life span. Which kind of furniture do you want to buy? Choosing the last option wouldn’t be wise, right?

Tips for maintaining furniture:

      • Follow the seller’s instructions.
      • Hire professional cleaners.
      • Don’t use harsh chemicals.
      • Vacuum regularly.
      • Use only soft cloth or brushes.
      • Don’t leave the furniture in direct sunlight.

Maintenance depends on your lifestyle, your geographical location, and financial restrictions. What worked in New York may not work in Denver. Buying a pale cream chenille or velvet sofa when you have toddlers/ pets is a bad idea. The total maintenance cost should not be more than the furniture price.

6. Relying on the Staff or Others to Make Decision for You

How many times did we buy something because someone suggested it? Getting influenced by another’s choice is something you should vehemently avoid when purchasing furniture. It’s your home, and you (and your family) have to live there.

At the same time, not asking for more information is also wrong. If you are not sure about a piece of furniture, go ahead and ask others. But choose the one you love and fit your budget.

      • Don’t take your entire family of friends’ gang to the furniture store.
      • Don’t ask the staff to take a pick between two or more choices.
      • Don’t argue with others in the furniture store. Leave and go back later to make your decision.
      • Don’t buy something based on someone’s experience.

6 Tips for Storing Furniture Correctly

Store Furniture Correctly

1. Secure Glass and Fragile Items

Glass and ceramic items are fragile. They are prone to breakage or damage more quickly compared to any other furniture. It would help if you took special care when storing these items. Typical glass items may include tabletops, mirrors, showcases, and pottery. There are many tried and tested ways to transport and store glass items:

      • Wipe down or wash all glass and ceramics before movement.
      • Wrap all glass items with packing paper. After this, place them in thick bubble wrap and place them inside a box with some padding.
      • Avoid sticking tape or adhesives directly on the glass. This leaves a bad smell and is hard to clean if you plan to unpack after a long time.
      • Store all glass items in areas where there is no danger of other furniture toppling over them, which could cause breakage.

2. Disassemble What You Can

Moving large pieces of furniture can be tricky. You don’t want to cause a dent or damage an expensive dining table by trying to move it all in one piece. The key is to disassemble large furniture.

Most big furniture these days is modular. This means that many of its bigger parts are designed to be quickly taken apart. For example, a billiards table or a large bookshelf can be easily dismantled.
Follow these handy tips during disassembly:

      • Do it slowly and label every small plank, screw, or bolt. Doing so will help you set it back up quickly, even after a long time.
      • Store tiny screws or metal parts in smaller containers with clear labels and number of items.
      • Take a few pictures before disassembly. These will come in handy during reassembly.

3. Clean Everything Well

Storing furniture when it’s dirty can prove costly and lead to permanent damage. It can leave undesired stains behind. It can damage its quality and cause foul odors to linger on the furniture and the storage area. Dirty furniture is one of the leading causes of rodents and other critters infesting storage spaces.

Here are some tips for cleaning furniture before storage:

      • Use a dust cloth to get rid of loose dirt or dust on wood furniture surfaces. Use a wet towel to wipe down all the surfaces and let them dry for a while.
      • For furniture like sofas and other upholstered items, make sure to vacuum all corners.
      • Make a homegrown cleaning agent for leather furniture by mixing water with vinegar. Wipe the furniture down, dry it, and apply a leather conditioner if available.

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4. Cover Furniture and Flooring

Furniture storage can be of two types: Long or short-term. Special care and planning are needed if you plan to store furniture for several months or even years.

You must safeguard the furniture from damage, moisture, insects, mold, and many other factors.

Different types of furniture require other protective methods. For example, the bubble wrap you may use for a chandelier will not work for a sofa.

We list a few Dos and Dont’s below:

      • Use bubble wrap for wood and glass items for covering. Cover upholstered items with sheets or furniture covers.
      • Do not use plastic sheets or tarps on upholstered furniture. These materials trap moisture within them and can damage the furniture and cause foul odors when stored for long.
      • Apply furniture polish on expensive wood items to protect them from moisture and expansion.

5. Choose Climate-proof Storage Places

A factor often overlooked during storage is the location. Many people dump furniture in old basements or garages. It is worth your while to consider renting a storage space if you want your furniture to last long.

Renting the correct storage unit is the first step to dealing with your furniture storage woes. Find a climate-controlled unit with a reasonable price tag. These places use regulate the temperature and humidity. It helps your furniture stay unaffected by moisture and heat outside.
Things you can do before moving your furniture to a climate-controlled rental:

      • Clean all furniture and wipe them down a day or two ahead. Wait for a day when the weather is dry to move your stuff. Avoid moving during heavy rains or extreme heat.
      • Cover the storage unit’s floor with sheets or pallets.

6. Research Best Storage Options

Now that you have decided to move your furniture into a storage rental space, there are a few things to do before you make the big move. First, you need to zero in on the place itself. This can turn out to be a more daunting task than you imagined. There are often plenty of local options.

Storage spaces come at all sizes and prices. An area that caters to primarily used furniture may not be suitable for your expensive pieces. There are several factors you must look into before selecting a storage space.

Here are our top tips:

      • Look for climate-controlled places. They cost more but keep your furniture in tip-top shape even after years.
      • Scout the place for security arrangements. The place must have pro-security round-the-clock and other necessities such as CCTV cameras.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Living Room

Arrange Furniture in Living Room

While arranging furniture in your living room, there are three key things to keep in mind.

      • The first is size. Make sure the furniture is the right size for the space. You don’t want to overcrowd the room or have too much space between pieces.
      • The second is function. Think about how you will use the space and what pieces you need to accommodate your activities.
      • The third is style. Be sure the furniture reflects your personal taste and style.

We give you seven clever ways in this post to arrange furniture in your living room like a pro!

1. Place furniture to form an L shape

The furniture in a living room can be placed in various ways, but one of the most popular ways is to arrange it in an L shape. This configuration allows for people to sit together comfortably and talk.

Also, the L-shape allows for different room areas to be designated for specific purposes, such as relaxing, watching TV, or working.

To place furniture in an L-shape in a living room, you will need to first measure the space to ensure that the furniture will fit. Then you can begin to plan out the layout. In most cases, it is best to place the largest piece of furniture against one wall and then use smaller pieces to fill in the remaining space.

2. Make Use of Corners

There are many different ways to use corner furniture in a living room. One way is to use a corner as a reading nook. You can put a comfortable chair in the corner and add a small table or lamp for reading. You may also choose to use a soft blanket and pillow, whatever makes you comfortable!

Another option is to use a corner as a storage area. You can put a cabinet or shelf to store books, DVDs (I can hear you say: Seriously? DVDs in 2022?) or other items.

Placing furniture in corners also creates interesting focal points for the living room. This can be done by placing a large piece of furniture in the corner or using two smaller pieces to create an interesting configuration.

Wood Furniture

3. Go for a Big Coffee Table

There are a few benefits to using a big coffee table in the living room. For one, it provides a large surface area on which to place drinks, food, or other items. This can be helpful when you have guests over and need a place to put everything.

Also, a big coffee table can act as a focal point in the room. It can also be used as a display surface for decorations. Additionally, a coffee table that allows storage space underneath can be useful for storing blankets or pillows. A large surface area can also act as a makeshift desk for working on the computer.

4. Allow Traffic Flow

When arranging furniture in your living room, it is important to think about traffic flow. You want to be sure that people can easily move around the room without running into obstacles. Here are a few tips to help you create a traffic-friendly living room.

      • Start by clearing out all the clutter. The more space you have to work with, the better.
      • Plan out your furniture layout before you start moving things around.
      • Start by measuring the space and making a sketch of the layout.
      • Once you know how you want to use the space, start placing the furniture.
      • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different arrangements.

5. Integrate TV Set into Furniture

Integrating the TV set into furniture can provide a seamless look and make the living room more functional. There are several reasons why this trend is popular in Denver. One reason is that TVs have become thinner and smaller, making them easier to integrate into furniture.

One way to integrate a TV set into the furniture is to purchase a piece specifically designed to hold a TV set.

6. Create Areas for Conversation

Conversation areas can be created in the living room using furniture such as sofas and chairs to section off specific areas. This will create a more intimate setting for conversation.

Additionally, using different colors and textures for the furniture and walls can also help to create separate conversation areas.

One way is to use furniture pieces designed for conversation, such as a sofa and chairs, arranged in a circle or U-shape. You can place a pair of chairs and a small table in an alcove or corner or use a sofa and ottoman to create an intimate seating area.

7. Create a Focal Point

A focal point could be a fireplace, a large window, or a piece of furniture like a sofa or an armchair. There are also some offbeat ways to create a focal point in a living room.

One way is to use an intricate piece of furniture, such as an armoire or a rustic carved wooden chest. You can buy one from an antique furniture store like ours in Denver. Another way is to hang a large painting or tapestry on one of the walls. You can also use a vase or sculpture to create a focal point.

Whatever you choose, make sure it draws the eye and that you have placed it in a strategic location in the room.