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Better Choice of Furniture with 7 Tips by Interior Design Professionals

Updated on May 1, 2016

When you’re buying new furniture and want to make a better choice, it’s easy to get confused and frustrated by the wide range of options. Even if you find an item that seems suitable for your home, a better one might be waiting for you just around the corner. So, you wander through the entire furniture store in search of a perfect match and have even more questions than answers by the end of the day.

Save yourself the headache by becoming familiar with these 7 furniture design tips given by professionals.

1. Set Your Goals

Like all important tasks, a buying new furniture requires you to know exactly what you want before you step into the store. Think of the specific colors, textures, styles and patterns that you would like to see in your furniture. An even better choice would be to save yourself the trouble of coming up with something new and choose from one of the following categories suggested by professionals:

  • Casual
  • Contemporary
  • Traditional
  • Country
  • Eclectic

Once you pinpoint the style that you're looking for, you'll be able to filter through the items you find at the store with much greater ease. Don't go back on your decision, and you might just be done with the search by the end of the day.

2. Pay Attention to Your Current Furniture

Unless you are starting in a brand new house or refurnishing your entire living space, you will already have some furniture that you’ll need to adjust to. Compare some of your favorite models on the market to what you have at home and think about how well the two will look together.

If your current furniture requires repairs, make sure to take care of that as well. The way your house décor looks won’t become instantly better just by brining a brand new sofa or cupboard inside. Everything needs to fit well for it to work.

3. Don’t Get Too Fancy

You need to face the reality of your everyday life before you go out to buy new furniture. If you have children or pets at home that are known to make a mess everywhere, refrain from buying items made of delicate fabric or expensive leather.

Your life won’t suddenly turn around just because you brought a brand new furniture home, and you’ll be in for a lot of disappointments if you think you can keep your pets off them. A more modest approach will be the better choice in this situation.

4. Choose Your Priorities

You can’t always have all you want, at least not all at once. Professionals will tell you that it’s beneficial for homeowners to ease into their new décor by buying one thing at a time.

Start by purchasing the furniture that needs immediate replacement and leave the rest of it for later. Seeing the gradual changes over time will even help you make a better choice next time you replace something.

5. Evaluate Your Budget

A better choice of furniture seems impossible without spending a lot of money, but you shouldn't forget that your budget should dictate the range of choices you have, not the other way around. You need to go into it with an estimate amount of money that you can spend on your new furniture.

All it takes is to put together a list of furniture that you need to buy and write down the amount of money you're willing to spend next to each item. This will not only help you avoid unreasonable purchases, but also narrow down the choices for you and make decisions a lot easier.

6. Use Free Consulting

Employees at most stores offer their professional advice to buyers for free. Some of them are quite knowledgeable in the area and you should heed their advice.

7. Take Some Time before Making Your Decision

If you want to make a better choice, don’t let yourself be pressured into buying something quickly. The longer you think about your decisions, the better they will be. You might even find the exact kind of furniture you were looking for while still weighing on your choices.

Follow these 7 tips given by professional interior designers and make your buying experience much more enjoyable!


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    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I am forever redoing my house, piece by piece, bit by bit. Your advice on choosing furniture is very helpful. I will be printing this out to keep in my purse when I purchase the French sofa of my dreams (once I can afford it, and the other renovations are done).

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      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Really good tips. Voted Up and Helpful.

    • Andera profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks for your input, greatstuff! It's definitely worth asking about any free service you can get with your purchase.

    • greatstuff profile image


      5 years ago from Malaysia

      These are good tips. If I can add to your tip#6, some shops will even do free interior planning and design if you buy their furniture up to a certain amount in value, at least that's what they will do, here in my country.


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