How to Go Furniture Shopping Without Getting Buyer’s Remorse
Going furniture shopping can be great fun. Oftentimes however, it’s only great fun in the moment and afterwards buyer’s remorse sets in and wrecks everything, especially if you’ve overspent. Here are 5 tips to going furniture shopping without catching buyer’s remorse.
Only Buy What You Love
When buying furniture pieces for your home, it’s important to only buy what you really love. Envision the piece in your own home, otherwise you may just love how the piece is displayed in the store. If you’re looking to make your home as relaxing as possible, you should only buy furniture that you really respond to, otherwise you’re going to get bored fast and of course want something new again shortly. Furniture pieces should be able to last you a lifetime and if you’re buying furniture you love and that is good quality, then that’s certainly achievable and of course will result in you spending much less money over the long run. So invest in pieces that you love, don’t only buy for function.
Measure, Measure, Measure
Before you go shopping always make sure to measure the space you have for the furniture you need. If you have a small room, then choose smaller furniture or buy only one or two larger pieces for the room so as not to overburden the room and make it look cluttered. If you have a larger space to work with then you can go for larger statement pieces. If you have a large space it’s better still to go with a few larger pieces of furniture than clutter up the room with lots of smaller items. Make sure to bring your measuring tape with you to the store so that you can measure the pieces yourself too. And if buying your furniture online, always ask the sellers prior to purchase to thoroughly measure the items size. Don’t just check for width and depth though. Sure it needs to fit in the space provided but it’s also a good idea to check height too, even for items you know will be quite tall, such as bookshelves, as taller furniture pieces can really draw the eyes attention and make a room appear smaller and more cluttered.
Buy What Works
Only purchase what works for your own space. While something may look gorgeous in store, it may not look quite so good when you take it home. When you’re considering a piece always think about how it will look in your space, not just based on the rooms size but also keep in mind what furniture pieces you already have and plan on getting in the future. Will the piece work in your own home? Will it clash with the rest of your furniture or décor? Will the piece match the items you currently have and plan to have? Only purchase once you’re sure the piece will work well in both function and design in your home.
Set a Budget
This is an obvious one but also a tip that’s most often forgotten or rather chosen to be forgotten. When choosing furniture or any potentially expensive item for your home it’s a good idea to set a budget. If you’re low on cash, consider whether the item is truly necessary for your home and if it is, consider buying second hand rather than new. If on the other hand you do have the money to spend, do your research first and take a look at online prices of pieces you love so as to avoid spending too much instore on a whim. Know the market, prior to purchase.
Take Your Time
When buying furniture items it’s important to take your time. If there’s an item you really need right away due to functionality and you haven’t found anything you absolutely love yet, consider borrowing a friends until you do, or grab something on the cheap from the salvation army or other used charity goods store to bide your time. This will ensure you can spend enough time looking for an item you actually love, rather than buying on the spot just because you want that particular type of furniture straight away.