Everyone has their own story. Everything has their own story, and so does your furniture. Your soft sofa that comforted you while you were binge-watching your favourite movies all night, your bouncy bed when your friends came for a sleepover the other day, or even the lampstand you crashed into when you came home a little too late at night.
Choosing furniture for your home can be much fun because you are just waiting to write different stories. While it can be exciting, it can also be a bit of a nightmare. It is an expensive affair, and it can be tough finding pieces that are comfortable and reflect your style. Choosing furniture implores you to take into consideration a number of practical as well as aesthetic factors to create a room and look which speaks to you.
Before choosing furniture and buying what you love, you must know how to find the most suitable match for all your needs. There are some rules that apply to choosing furniture in general , but sometimes you have to dig a little deeper and consider more specific parameters.
A few basics to keep in mind when choosing furniture would definitely come in handy.
Proceed at your own pace
It is exciting, and overwhelming. Especially if you decide to go in a group, or with family to decide on suitable furniture. There are mixed opinions, which can be stressful. You may not end up picking what you like, you may be forced to buy something, you may not buy anything at all, or you may buy way too much.
Take your own time to decide on these things. Take a breath, look at your room, and understand it. There is no need to clutter your room with furniture you think you love, being minimalist has its benefits as well. Think about the space and what would look good. Consult your family if you have to, but pick what you love.
Work with the room, not against it.
We may get a little carried away with the movies and shows we watch, and tend imagining rather embellished furniture, which at the end of the day may seem a little odd. Take careful consideration of the space in your room, draw inspiration from movies, but you do you. Plan according to what your home is, and follow your own style.
The function of furniture
The primary factor in choosing whether furniture stays or goes or needs to be upgraded is its capacity and its use. Ask yourself what furniture is required – various activities in a specific room require certain furnishings.
After thinking on these lines, the following aspects may require special attention
Every room and corner of the house has certain uses, and therefore requires specific furniture. You can start by making a list of the basic furniture pieces you would need as per the room and the requirement. Aside from this you should also have alternatives in mind in case you don’t get exactly what you are looking for.
But that’s the best part of furniture shopping, you find new things that you would have never tried before. It is fun and exciting, and even the basic and simple furniture seems more captivating. While you should keep an open mind and be ready to explore different kinds of furniture, one thing that you should not compromise on is the size of your room or home. Your furniture is dependent on square footage and that should stay constant in your head.
Personal needs and requirements in focus
Every room has various needs as per the individuals who use it. One person may need a single bed while children may prefer bunk beds. Students would need study tables, and surely nobody would mind a space for a tv in the room. All these needs differ, and they should be accounted for before one goes furniture shopping.
There should be a clear definition of what you need. What furniture do you hope to buy and for whom? Which room would the furniture be in? Requirements can likewise get progressively more specific. It is imperative to stop and think about what the users truly need.
To complete certain activities, some complementary furniture pieces would additionally be required. Take account of related goods that are needed to make your vision complete, and budget it accordingly. Ensure you have a budget in mind which includes the price of related goods.
It is prudent to have an estimate of how much the furniture costs, so you can also make sure you get the best deals on products.
Measure it once, measure it twice
Once you’ve determined what furniture is needed, the shape, size and dimensions come into play. The practicality, space, and aesthetics should be considered. The space decides the size of the furniture as well as the distribution of the furniture.
The different items need to be consistently related with the space before getting them. Verify whether their sizes are proper for the general structure and overall design of what you have in mind.
Built-ins on a budget
Built-ins is another factor that is to be kept in mind when purchasing furniture. Custom built-in units may be a little expensive, but provide utility through tremendous storage capacity.
With the number of sarees, jewellery, and crockery that we own, these storage units including armoires and chests provide that little bit of extra space we need. They should be kept in mind and considered if the budget allows it.
Draw inspiration from everything around you
The latest Pinterest boards, the top Instagram posts, backgrounds of fashion magazines, draw inspiration from whatever you see.
The environment offers a wealth of inspiration for quirky and creative interior design. See which ideas you like, and which can be implemented in your own rooms!
Experiment with style
Have an open mind, and have fun. Experiment with different materials, different furniture, different arrangements, and see which position would fit well in which room.
All those late nights playing SIMS online has really prepared you for this moment, so go for it. Don't be hesitant to try out pieces from different eras in unique styles until you find what feels like you.
It's a material world
Furniture must be made of quality material that suits its use. The coolness of the marble, the rustic feel of wood, the modernity of lacquer, or the softness of the material should be integrated into your thought process as well as for the general style of the furniture you are looking for.
The texture and materials speak for themselves. The fact that you can now also get a combination of materials should also be considered.
Style of the furniture
The colour, the design, and also the aesthetics play a crucial role in the choice of furniture. What these factors are inherently going to be dependent on is the overall style of what you are looking for. Furniture has the power to complement the style of your room as well as your lifestyle in general.
It makes a substantial contribution in the creation of visual result. If you are looking for an edgy-offbeat vibe with bright colours or a more bohemian style or even some simplistic and artsy-the furniture matters. The colours you choose and the design must be in line with your overall style to create a more cohesive look which will be amplified by the furniture.
The price difference between materials
It is exciting to go through the different fabric selections that are available for chairs and sofas in particular. The price of the material and the fabric should be kept in mind with regard to both cost efficiency as well as quality.
Test it out
It may attract a few stares, but ultimately you are the one purchasing the product. You deserve to know what it feels like. Whether it’s a sofa or a bed, give it a go. See how you like it, get a feel for it. Imagine yourself on it every day. How it looks, comfort, utility. Is the bed soft enough to crash on after a late night party? Will you get nice Instagram pictures with it? Try it all out!
Know the return policy
Though, after considering several aspects and different factors, you arrive at a choice which you believe would suit your needs and pleases your mind, sometimes we often get a little too excited and purchase excess furniture that we may not need, or even after evaluation we realize it doesn’t suit our homes.
The return policy/ exchange policy should be kept in mind before purchasing furniture. So you have a guarantee that even if you change your mind, you have an option to exchange the furniture for another piece you prefer.
One key factor to keep in mind is that even though you may like certain pieces of furniture, each of these pieces may not suit your home, or be the right fit for what you have in mind. It is easy to be swayed by old wooden tables and plush futons or comfy bean bags.
But this does not necessarily mean that they would look good at home or be in line with the style or design of what you are looking for.
The necessity, durability, function, and overall aesthetic value of the furniture should be kept in mind. Of course, at the end of the day the most important thing is that you enjoy the furniture, but this should be balanced with objectivity and affinity by evaluating the furniture you have before, what you want to keep, and how it would all look together.
By keeping these few things in mind, one can create an aesthetic-looking home with comfort value that complements your style and your personality.