Tips For Modern Furniture Shopping
Most people expect to receive their new furniture purchases with great enthusiasm. After all, it is probably the third most valuable investment that will be made. Therefore, it can be so disappointing if it does not fit in your room as you had planned. You may even want to return it, which is expensive, both in terms of money and time, for you and the retailer. Therefore, it is important that you do your homework thoroughly before making the final commitment.
1. HOW TO MEASURE
There is more to evaluate a space than just measuring the width, depth and height of the room. The furniture showrooms are designed with walls and ceilings adjusted to furniture displays. But when you look at the furniture in a showroom or catalog or online, it does not really show you how the piece will look in your home. The sizes of the rooms, the ceiling heights, the openings for doors and windows will have a dramatic impact on achieving a satisfactory result.
A simple way to verify how furniture fits into your home is to obtain the dimensions of the items on our website, catalog or one of our sales consultants and mark their widths and depths on the floor, then stack a little Cardboard boxes to the appropriate heights so you can take a step back and have a good idea of how the furniture will look. And always remember to take into account wall sockets, vents, electrical and telephone outlets, etc.
Another important aspect that furniture buyers often ignore is access for delivery. When the carriers arrive with their new and long-awaited purchase, you will soon realize how important it was to measure the doors and corridors and anticipate any other potential problems.
Here are the key points to consider:
a) The size of the furniture: its width (from left to right), depth (from front to back) and height.
b) Is there easy access to the sidewalk for the delivery truck? If not, can you fix it?
c) If you live in a skyscraper, where is the loading dock? Is your entrance and roof high enough for a delivery truck? Is the elevator big enough?
d) If you live in a unit, do you have to go through stairs and landings?
e) What is the size of the staircase, including its height? (Remember that if you have to place a cabinet or a sofa at its end to avoid curves or landings, you will need an additional height more than its longest dimension).
f) How big is your main door / entrance?
g) Are there angles in the corridor from the main entrance or towards the specific room? h) How big are your interior doors? How wide is your interior corridor?
You must make sure that the furniture fits through all these accesses and angles.
2. HOW TO CHOOSE
After buying a house and a car, furniture purchases are the third largest investment that most of us will make, and it can be a very emotional decision. When you visit different stores to select your furniture, it can be quite confusing since many pieces of furniture look alike, although the prices can vary a lot. Some people only buy in price; Some believe you get what you pay for, both are partial. Some pieces can look wonderful in the showroom or in the catalog, but after they arrive, they will soon be disappointed. That is why it is so important to understand the basics when choosing the right furniture.
As you probably know, real materials represent approximately 50% of the production cost of a piece of furniture; Design and manpower are other determining factors. If money is not a problem, you may want to splurge on a world-famous brand, but if it is not the impressionable type and you want true value for money, you should choose products that are manufactured in regions that have much lower labor costs. , as long as they are. Made according to international quality standards. A piece of furniture produced by a good factory that operates under ISO9001 quality control and with low labor costs will generally give you more value for your investment. The external appearance is easy to copy, the internal structure and the finishing process is where the quality counts, the bits that can not be seen. Therefore, choosing a supplier with a long history, a good reputation and a good management culture is essential when buying high-priced items. Do not be fooled by products that look similar: ask the right questions about quality and understand what is not obvious.
Another general consideration when buying is that furniture designed for small units or apartments will probably look somewhat lost in a large Victorian house, just as large-scale furniture will give a small apartment a crowded feel, although It can fit physically in the room. When you start your furniture search, you not only need to think about your personal taste but also about the scale of the designs.