I fell absolutely, head over heels in love with an armchair. Sure, it was a bit pricey, and its bright orange color should have made me stop and think a little bit more, but you can’t argue with love. In my mind, this new chair would not only fit with all my furniture, but elevate my living room to design magazine level.
Almost as soon as I brought it home, I realized that my new chair was hideous. It didn’t match anything else in the room and it was bigger than all my other furniture. It’s hard not to fall in love at the furniture store, but here are the things I wish I had know to avoid my furniture heartache.
Try looking at the websites of the stores you want to visit before you go. By looking at some of the things available, you won’t be so overwhelmed by the huge selections. If you go in with some idea of what you want to buy, it’s less likely that you will settle on something that you don’t really like.
Measure the Space
If you’re replacing a piece of furniture that you already own, and like the size, write down its measurements. That way, you’ll get something that you know will fit. If you are buying something new, measure the space you want the furniture to take up. It’s helpful to outline the designated area on the floor with masking tape so you get an idea of how it would look, and adjust accordingly. Take these measurements to the furniture store with you, or use them when you’re browsing online to avoid one thing dominating the room.
Take Color Home
There are lots of colors that look amazing in the store, when paired with lots of things you don’t own, but not so nice in your living room. That’s why lots of furniture stores allow you to borrow samples of fabric so that you can see what they would look like in your home. If your furniture store doesn’t let you borrow, or it’s something that’s not upholstered, try taking a picture of the room the new furniture will sit in. Taking the picture to the furniture store and comparing the color with what you have in your room might help you decide what will look best.
Check the Return Policy
There are lots of stores with generous return policies, and it’s something great to take advantage of. Even if you buy something and hate it as soon as it’s out of the box, give it a few days before sending it back. It’s sometimes a bit of a shock when we add something new and different to a space we already love, and in a little while you might grow to appreciate how it really does add to the space.