Tips For Buying Furniture

June 11, 2018

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Furniture shopping can be a stressful time. From the overwhelming selection to the price, there are questions you should be asking yourself before making the purchase. First, can you afford it? Before you plop down your charge card or transfer funds from your savings account, ask yourself if the furnishing is truly worth going into debt for, and chances are, it won't be. Along the same lines, do you really need it? While it's easy to get lost in daydreams about buying a brand new overstuffed sectional, if your three-seat sofa is still holding up just fine, you should probably save your money for when you really need it. Part of deciding whether or not you really need something is determining how long you will actually use it for. While having a writing desk may be great for now but will you be using it a year from now? If the answer is no, then save your money.  Figuring out where it will go, and if you truly have the space for it in your home, is just as important as being able to afford it. Do yourself a favor and measure your current furnishings (as well as the room they're in) to get an idea of how much room you have to spare and whether or not a new piece of furniture will actually fit. Before you splurge on any piece of furniture, it's crucial to figure out whether it will mesh well—i.e. is it in a complementary color palette, favorable texture, or similar design style—with the other furnishings in your space. No matter how attractive something looks at the store, if it doesn't work with your home's present decor, it isn't worth buying. Finally, seek out coupons and promotional offers. Once you've determined the piece of furniture you want to buy, take a few moments to research some popular coupon sites—such as Retail Me Not—or any sales or promo codes the retailer has to offer. Can't find any? No worries. Browser extensions like Honey will scour the web for relevant discounts before you checkout and many online furniture retailers offer discount codes when you sign up for emails or if you're a first-time shopper.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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