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What not to do when buying furniture: List of common mistakes

What not to do when buying furniture: List of common mistakes What mistakes should be avoided when buying furniture (photo: Freepik)

Buying new furniture can bring some challenges. On one hand, it's a delightful moment of acquiring something new, but on the other hand, it can be nerve-wracking, as these are the kinds of things that are bought for the long term. Therefore, it's worth avoiding mistakes to avoid wasting money, according to the Real Simple website.

Incorrect measurements

Designer Chelsea Marks has revealed that the lack of proper measurements is one of the main reasons for furniture is being returned. Clients either measure incorrectly or fail to consider the scale of the product and their space.

All measurements should be taken accurately, including height.

It's important to always double-check the dimensions of furniture to ensure that you can fit them into your home.

Failure to consider delivery time

It's crucial to consider delivery time if you need furniture by a certain date.

If you're purchasing high-quality furniture, you'll likely need specialized delivery, which may take anywhere from three to five weeks.

Social media can be deceiving

Often, people see beautiful furniture online, but in person, they may look completely different. They may turn out to be uncomfortable, impractical, or of a mismatched color.

That's why the designer advises, if possible, to personally test expensive items such as sofas, chairs, and mattresses.

If you can't see something in person before purchasing, it's best to order one or two samples before making a final decision. Most major retailers offer free or inexpensive samples to help you feel the upholstery and make a more accurate color choice.

Lifestyle factors

While aesthetics are important, sometimes lifestyle needs must take priority. If you have small children or pets, for instance, you should be more careful in choosing furniture.

In particular, it's important to choose high-quality fabrics for furniture so that stains are easier to remove.

Not considering longevity

If you're currently living in an apartment and don't plan on staying there for too long, the quality of the dining table, most likely, isn't as important. But if you're planning to stay in a house for the rest of your life, then it's worth focusing on this factor.

On the other hand, if you're purchasing furniture for the long term, a higher-quality piece with a more timeless aesthetic would be a wise investment.

Earlier, we reported on 5 interior trends that make your home "outdated."