When you shop, you want it to go well. You want to find the pieces you need and you want them to be within budget. You need your trip to be quick, painless and fruitful. That means you also have to read this article in full, take notes and pay attention to its tips.
When purchasing a couch, look for one that is well-built, then worry about comfort. Cushions should be supported by springs. It is best to find those that have eight-way springs, but serpentine springs are great too. Test out the springs by using your hands to feel them. Quality springs are firm and tightly spaced.
Don’t allow yourself to fall in love with a piece of furniture until you’ve read the special care instructions. A lot of lovely creations have crazy upkeep that can make having them a complete chore. Make sure washing, stain removal, polishing and preservation are all reasonably accomplished for the lifestyle you lead.
Shop for used furniture to save money and get quality pieces. Many times you can find furniture that an individual no longer needs for a great price. You can either shop at used furniture stores, from the newspaper, on Craigslist or any other place where people sell the furniture they no longer want.
Really look at the legs of any furniture you are considering buying. Those legs need to not only support weight, they’ll also be in contact with your flooring. If they look like they’ll do damage to your floor due to the materials used (like metal), then you may want to opt for a different style.
If you want to be absolutely sure that you are getting a piece of furniture made with forest management practices in mind, look for the FSC certification. There are a number of certifications around, many of which are good. However, the FSC certification in particular is respected internationally for forest management.
If you want to make a truly environmental statement, buy furniture made with recycled wood. This not only saves trees, but often the wood pieces are available in sizes and widths not possible from managed or young forests. This means you get unique furniture that is as good for your style as it is for the Earth. Wood is often recycled from old buildings and structures, remnants from historical logging periods, landfill scraps and even retired orchard trees.
Only buy solidly built pieces. Select solid wood instead of particle board when you buy storage items like chests or dressers. Look in the back. You want a solid piece of plywood there rather than particle board. Gently apply pressure to the backing to ensure it is firmly in place.
Be cautious about wear warranties offered on many furniture pieces. Many are not worth the money. These discounts offer extra protection against spills and stains or rips and scratches. The problem with many of these warranties is that, when you consider the price you’re paying, you could purchase a new piece of furniture for the same amount as the warranty or have the piece cleaned yourself for less.
If you are looking into used furniture, be sure to look under cushions and even do a smell test. The furniture may look great from a few feet away, but there can be hidden mold and even wood rot that will make the choice a poor investment. Just a little extra time and diligence is needed.
Turn any used furniture over to see what the bottom looks like. A piece can look amazing right side up, but when you turn it over it can have all sorts of issues, including rot, mold, and even infestations. That’s not furniture that you want to bring home with you, so take this simple additional step.
Consider taking part in an estate auction if you want to find high-end furniture at a great price. The sellers usually just want to sell off the furniture to clear the property for sale. Look in newspapers for announcements for upcoming auctions. Just make sure that you have your cash or checkbook ready when you attend.
Now you have the arsenal of weapons you need to shop smarter. You know what it takes to buy furniture the right way. That means shopping will no longer be a dreaded treachery for you. On top of that, your home will begin to look more amazing with each furnishing you add.