What should we pay attention to before buying furniture?
There are so many options and room for variations, but most of them boil down to how you answer these questions:
1.What is your budget?
This will ultimately determine your options and final furniture choices. If you have a very small budget, you’ll probably look for less expensive furniture and have to compromise on certain features you want (e.g. vegan leather or solid wood). But it is not recommended to buy particleboard furniture.If you have a large budget, you can likely buy exactly what you want for each item. But, too many options can make the process much more difficult, so you might want to consider hiring an interior designer or finding a company that sells furniture packages.
2.What is your theme / color scheme?
It doesn’t have to be the same from room to room if you don’t want it to be. This is your home, not someone else’s. Design it how you want. (Unless it is someone else’s, in which case you should find out what they want.)
3.What are your ideal furniture materials—e.g. wood, glass, metal, leather, microfiber, velvet, etc.?
Your theme / color scheme will help with this process, but be sure you research materials before purchasing something you’re unfamiliar with. Apart from knowing you got the pieces you wanted (thus minimizing the desire to replace furniture down the line), you should know what you’re touching every day. Prime example: rubberwood is a strong and cheap type of wood that can cause an allergic reaction in people with latex allergies.
4.What room(s) do you need furnished and how are they laid out?
The room(s) you need furniture for will, of course, help determine what you buy. But where the unmovable features—windows, doors, walls, closets, etc.—are will more or less dictate where your main pieces of furniture go and where your accent pieces can go.
5.Is there already furniture in place or are you starting from scratch?
If you’re not starting from scratch in a room, the new furniture needs to match. Even if you’re more of an eclectic decorator, you’ll want the new piece(s) to work with what you already have in a complimentary way.