What should I look for when buying furniture?
Are you tired of living off your parents’ dusty, old furniture and keepsakes? Are the springs of your couch jutting out? Are the chair feet getting a tad squeaky? Regardless of how much you appreciate that antiquated, crumbling pile of wood dust in your home, maybe it is time you get some new furniture. With that said, here are a few expert-approved tips that might come in handy when you are shopping for the perfect furniture pieces for your living space (because I know how challenging first-time furniture shopping can be!)
First Things First, Measure Your Space!Too many people end up with furniture that is either too big or too small for their rooms. Why do you think that happens? Because most people do not have an accurate floor plan ahead of time! And that is why I would suggest you that even before you set foot in a furniture store, you should have a layout or drawing of the space you wish to kit out. Find out if you have enough space to open any doors or windows and if you are able to walk from one end of the room to the other without climbing over the new furniture. Here are some rules to keep in mind before you start shopping for your furniture pieces:
- Living Room – If you want your living room to foster conversations and aid the flow of traffic, you need to keep your couches and chairs no less than 5 to 10 feet away from each other.
- Family Room – In addition to the rules about the couch and chair arrangement, the television viewing area should be considered as well. If you have a 50-inch TV, for example, I will suggest you to place the couch or chair more than a hundred inches away (but not so far that you have to change your prescription to view what is going on at the screen!). To create an easy flow in any room, there should also be traffic lanes that are at least three feet wide.
- Bedroom – If you want to sleep like a king or just have a really comfortable bedroom, you need to keep the bed at a distance of about 24 inches from the wall. This will allow any door to open with ease and make the movement around the room effortless.