The furniture industry in the United States looks pretty positive with the improving housing market. As per a report by FBIC Global Retail Tech, the US furniture market is estimated to grow at compound annual growth rate of 2.9% through 2019.
As per Statista, furniture and home furnishing stores in the United States generated about 101.41 billion US dollars worth of sales in 2013.
Shopping for furniture is a pleasant experience; however, it requires careful planning.
If you don’t want to buy the wrong furniture for your home, evaluate your furniture needs and research the furniture market properly.
Based on your needs, you’re likely to come across a wide range of furniture designs and styles. However, if you are a first timer, have an experienced friend accompany you while selecting the furniture.
Keep the following things in mind to avoid some common furniture buying mistakes.
Consider the Size
Buying a piece of furniture without considering the size of your door, staircase, hallway, and even living spaces can lead to regret and disappointment.
Therefore, while buying furniture pieces like a sectional sofa or bed, it’s important that you take the measurements first and make sure it makes a smooth way in to your house.
Mind the Colors
We all want furniture that complements the interior and blends well with the existing décor. Selection of right color is really critical from this standpoint.
Check the swatches before you decide on the furniture. Swatches will help you determine whether the furniture item will match the existing decor of your home.
Moreover, the swatches may look entirely different to your naked eyes than how they appear on a computer screen.
Beware of Design Trends
It’s quite natural to fall for the latest trend in furniture designs. However, it’s more important to consider the design scheme of your home. After all, the furniture should complement the overall design scheme of your home, right?
Test Your Furniture
Selecting furniture solely based on its looks doesn’t always work. Rather, it’s the functionality, strength and comfort of the furniture that matter the most. More importantly, the furniture quality should be reliable.
Therefore, try out the furniture item before committing to it. For example, you should inspect the frame of the bed or sofa to see if they are strong enough.
By putting it to test, you can explore the potential flaws and make a better selection based on that.
Don’t Buy Impulsively
It’s easy to get carried away by discounts and sales, but they can often be deceptive. Avoid the lure of cheap furniture as far as possible. Shopping for furniture must be backed by a deliberate and well thought out plan rather than impulse.
Don’t Ask for Many Opinions
It’s always good to have a second opinion on the furniture you want to buy. However, involving too many people is a bad idea as it may only create more confusion.
Likewise, don’t take a group of people with you for furniture shopping as it may lead to clash of opinions. Instead, have someone you trust accompany you.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
Choose a day when the store is likely to be less crowded. This is the time when sales reps are more available to help you with the advice you’re looking for.