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Before You Buy: Choosing The Right Furniture

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Furniture often makes all the difference in a home. It’s what transforms a house from cold and bare into warm and welcoming. With the right pieces, there is nothing a homeowner can’t achieve from an interior design perspectiveThe only thing is choosing the right items in the first place. Pieces will stand out from the crowd, yet that doesn’t mean they are the perfect fit. Once you get it home, there may be a glaring issue. The key is to pick furniture which fits in seamlessly by considering the pitfalls beforehand. To do that, take a look at the tips underneath for inspiration.

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Substance Over Style

Style is vital because no one wants to live in an ugly house. However, there is no reason for practicality to take a backseat. If anything, substance deserves to be the number one consideration. This is true if you’re buying a new mattress. There is no point wasting money on something that is stylish but uncomfortable. After all, it isn’t only the décor which deserves consideration but your health too. Kingsdown Mattress reviews is an illustration of how to research the features before signing on the dotted line. Unbiased evaluations should enlighten you further as to the product’s functionality.

Small Spaces

There isn’t always enough room for the basics. Sure, a sofa may fit snuggly yet the armchair is a no go. The same goes for a coffee table and a drinks cabinet (do they still have them anymore?) When space is an issue, there is the option of downsizing. Instead of a huge, overgrown couch, you can buy a smaller one and fit in a chair too. Be sure to take measurements. Otherwise, nothing will squeeze into the room. Other than that, there are furniture alternatives for small spaces. 

The Function

Some rooms have certain pieces that set them apart from the rest. A bathroom has a toilet, for instance. And, there is no reason to install a WC in the kitchen near the food. It’s disgusting. As obvious as this example is, there are others which are less glaring. Consider a sofa for a moment. Normally found in living and sitting rooms, some people like to put them in bedrooms too. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it maintains its functionality. In short, if you are never going to use it, then don’t waste the space.

Try Before You Buy

You can take all of the above into perspective and still make the wrong decision. Why? It’s because of blind faith. You trust your eyes to show you the way when they are only one facet of the buying process. Your arms and legs and your back can also throw their opinion into the ring if you allow it. To do this, don’t be afraid to try before you buy. Yes, lie on the mattress or sit on the chair and analyze your reaction. It’s a scientific process, people. Is the furniture in your home just right, or does it need a rethink?

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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