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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Furniture

Couple choosing furniture in a department store

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Homeowners who love entertaining guests understand that furniture can accentuate the charm of any space. This can make it quite a daunting task as picking the wrong furniture can mess with the feng shui of the space. Luckily, you’ll be able to avoid these mistakes the next time you go furniture shopping so you can pick pieces that meet your budget, accentuate your home, and meet all your style and functionality requirements.

To pick the best pieces of furniture for your home or office space, avoid these mistakes:

Not Setting Up A Budget

Some furniture stores offer payment plans where you can spend months paying off the furniture piece. Only select a payment plan if you’re sure that you can afford the monthly payments. It’d be wise to find furniture that better suits your budget if you can’t keep up with the monthly payments. You could also attend a furniture sale to see what bargains you can get on some great pieces of furniture.

Keeping to a budget is important when it comes to buying furniture. Not only do the new furniture pieces have to complement the room in terms of scale and measurements, but they also have to fit your budget. If you can’t afford that beautiful black leather couch, don’t buy it now or enquire about any payment options that the store may have.

Some furniture pieces are expensive to maintain, so consider that as well when drawing up your budget.

Not Taking Note Of Scaling

Like most things in design, you have to prioritize measurements and make sure everything is in scale. The furniture’s scaling has to complement your space and not overwhelm it. By taking note of the scale of different furniture pieces, you’ll be able to decide which rooms it can reside in. Ideally, you’d want the furniture not to block any pathways or doorways so the house residents can walk around the house without bumping into furniture.

It’s a great idea to consider what the space will be used for while considering which pieces to buy. Knowing what a room will be used for as you shop for furniture will help you decide on the required scaling of each piece of furniture.

 Couple discusses choosing new chairs to purchase

Taking No Accurate Measurements Of The Space

If you don’t take any accurate measurements of your space before buying furniture, you may find yourself with a large piece of furniture that can’t even fit into the space. To avoid a situation like that, take accurate measurements of the room’s dimensions and then measure the depth, width, and height of the furniture you’re planning to buy and see if it’ll complement your space.

You can use masking tape or regular tape to map out the dimensions of the room and the placement of each furniture piece to see if it’ll fit into the room without any overcrowding. Once you’ve measured the potential furniture pieces, add a bit more space so the people delivering your furniture have enough space to navigate without hurting themselves.

If you don’t do any accurate measurements before buying a new piece of furniture, it could result in you having to spend more money to return the piece to the store.

Picking Furniture That Doesn’t Match Your Lifestyle

When picking your furniture, consider the lifestyle you live. Do you have children or pets? Do you live alone or with a partner? Your furniture has to complement your lifestyle so you’re not spending lots of money on repairs or cleaning your furniture. If you have children and animals in the house, it’d be a great idea to pick furniture that’s more durable and easier to clean.

You’d also want furniture that doesn’t easily lock up odors in its materials like stressless leather recliners and chairs. If you have younger toddlers, it may be wise to buy furniture that doesn’t have any strong edges to avoid any physical accidents. You can use babyproof furniture or move important pieces to spaces that won’t be accessed by the younger ones like the study.

Choosing Style Over Functionality

There are many beautiful furniture pieces to choose from on the market, and it can be tempting to buy the most stylish piece. However, remember that people will use the furniture you buy, so make sure you get comfortable and functional pieces for your home. The furniture should be able to serve its main basic function without any hassle.

This doesn’t mean you should disregard your style completely. You can still pick stylish pieces if you want to, but make sure it’s comfortable to use first and that they can perform their most basic function. For example, a bed should be comfortable enough to sleep on for long periods.

So, when you’re out looking for beds to buy, make sure they’re comfortable enough to sleep in before you admire all the other trimmings.


By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll be able to buy furniture that complements each space and can perform its most basic function. Moving your furniture into your home will also be less of a hassle once you’ve taken accurate measurements, and you’ll rest assured knowing you’ve saved money on a great piece of furniture.