Looking for some new pieces to change up the style your home? Searching for the right pieces can take some time; however, it doesn’t have to be a costly process. Here are some tips on finding great quality furniture without going over your budget.
1. Research the different types of wood. Furniture comes in solid, veneers, and particle/composite. Solid is the pricier choice, but easily falls victim to scratches and water damage (if drink coasters aren’t used as a barrier). Veneers have cheaper wood bases that are layered with higher quality types of wood. Particle and composite are made from wood pulp, plastic and resin. While these types look nice, they don’t have a long “life span” over time.
2. Once you find a piece you like, inspect the drawers and cabinets. Thoroughly check to ensure the drawers fully come out and latch, and that they shut evenly. Check the doors, as you’ll want to make sure they fully open and stay open. Make sure the handles and knobs are secure and not loose.
3. Stay away from pieces with nails and glue. When inspecting, refrain from buying furniture with wood connected by glue and/or nails. Stronger, more durable pieces of furniture have wood joined at the ends and corners.
4. Carefully select fabric furniture. If you have indoor pets, suede (especially in white) furniture may not be the best choice for your home. Linen and tweed fabrics are strong and stain resistant, and when chosen in dark colors, they are perfect for those with indoor pets and small children.
5. Consider colors. Professionals suggest sticking to neutral colors for furniture pieces and selecting bolder, brighter colors for home décor. You may love the bright green couch you saw at first, but may be tempted to sell it later on once you change up the style of your living room and that once beloved couch becomes an eye sore.
6. Assess furniture legs. You’ll want a piece that’s stable. This includes having legs that are heavy, wood and jointed to the frame. Legs that have been nailed in or made of plastic, rubber, or metal can damage your floors.
7. Test the springs and cushions. For firm seating, you’ll want to piece with traditional coils. For softer seating, search for pieces with zig-zag coils. These can be tested by removing the cushions and pressing down upon the base of the couch. All coils should go down and spring back quickly. As for cushions, firm ones with removable covers are often the most preferred style. Firm cushions also stand the test of time. Cushions that are completely covered may bit a bit more expensive, but they have long “life spans” if you flip them every few months.
8. Shop at the right time. Prices of furniture vary throughout the year. Deals happen around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but you’ll find the best deals around the Fourth of July and Christmas.
9. Consider used furniture. There are many great deals on used furniture, and you may find the perfect addition to your home this way. However, be careful to inspect any possible options for rips, tears, stains, water damage, and scratches. Check out yard sales, the free section of Craigslist, or you may know someone who is looking to get rid of their pieces for free.
10. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. See if the salesperson can work on the price with you if you feel it’s too much. Don’t be afraid to ask about discounts, free pillows, or free delivery/set-up.