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A Guide to Buying Furniture

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When you buy furniture you have the potential to change how you live. Really. Furniture can impact your health, your comfort, your efficiency. This realization can make buying furniture a bit challenging. After all, you want to buy furniture that fits, supports and enhances the way you live.

To find the right furniture, you should be able to judge furniture for quality. And while judging furniture quality is important, so is being able to find green furniture for a healthy home and healthy planet.

1. 8 Questions to Ask Before Buying Furniture

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It makes sense to determine your needs before you buy furniture and there are some important questions you need to ask yourself before buying furniture. Since furniture is essentially a functional commodity and it is meant to solve problems related to how your home functions for you, it is important to figure out what your biggest needs are.

It also helps to know your if you have any constraints when it comes to furnishing. These constraints might relate to your space, budget, or any other special consideration. But when you know both your furniture needs and constraints, you can begin to explore your furnishing possibilities better. Make this the first and most basic step of your buying process.

2. How To Find Your Style

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When you know how to find your style, you know how to buy furniture that is truly your own.

When you buy furniture that is in keeping with your own style or complements it successfully, you have the ability to make your space attractive and comfortable. Knowing your style gives you confidence to buy just the right piece.

Knowing your style gives you greater flexibility, too, because when you know how to find your style, you are likely to find it even the unlikeliest pieces of furniture. You have the ability to tie in seemingly disparate pieces of furniture to create truly personal spaces. You also have the ability to find other furnishings that complement your furniture in a way that is all yours.

3. How to Buy Green Furniture

Ethan Allen's American Artisan Collection Dining Table
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To protect your own health and that of your home, buying green furniture seems like the thing to do. With the raised awareness about the plight of our planet, buying green furniture seems even more important.

There are so many misconceptions about buying green, that even the most well intentioned buyers can get confused. Sometimes it is the manufacturers who like to confuse through misleading advertising or greenwashing.

Look at these tips as a starting point in your quest for green furniture.

4. How to Judge a Sofa for Quality

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When you buy furniture, quality is one of the attributes you are looking for and as such you should have the ability to judge a sofa for quality.

Sometimes two sofas can almost identical, but you will notice a huge price difference. When you explore further you will almost always find a great difference in quality, and the quality comes from what is inside, and how well it is constructed.

Quality determines how long your sofa will last after you buy it and how long it will be able to retain its looks. Quality also determines the level of comfort you can expect to get from your sofa. Make sure you know what to look for so you can buy the best sofa you can afford. You will not have to replace it in a hurry.

5. How to Check Wood Furniture for Quality

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When you know how to buy quality wood furniture you can add warmth, beauty and functionality to any space. It can be in any style you like, but quality matters.

How do you tell that its good quality furniture when there is such a great variety to choose from? Before you buy wood furniture there are certain signs that will help determine the quality of wood furniture. You should check for features such as sturdiness, and whether doors and drawers are properly aligned. Drawers should open and shut smoothly. To check the finish to see if it is good quality try running your hand over it to feel any imperfections or blemishes. It should feel smooth and pleasing to the touch. Even distressed furniture should have texture, but no rough patches.

6. Top 10 Furniture Buying Mistakes

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There are so many furniture buying mistakes that can negatively impact the enjoyment that should be yours when you buy furniture. Take a look at some common mistakes people make.

The good news is that these mistakes are entirely preventable. When you start paying attention to your needs before you buy furniture, you are less apt to make them. One of the most common mistakes is forgetting to measure your space as well as your furniture. Another common mistake before buying furniture is not considering who will be using it.

An important aspect in learning how to buy furniture is to look beyond trends and buy furniture based on quality and usefulness.

7. Guide to Upholstery Fibers

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When you buy furniture, you are also concerned with how it looks and feels on the outside. Most sofas are selected on how the fabric looks and feels.

So while it is important to know what's inside your sofa, also consider what's on the outside. Choose an upholstery fiber that complements the way you live. You might love how it feels, but also consider how much care your upholstery fiber needs.

For instance, silk looks gorgeous, but will not be able to retain its looks if you place it close to a sunny window as it is not very lightfast. Some fibers are prone to wrinkling and snagging and will not be able to withstand heavy use. Select a fiber that will not only look good, but one that would also wear well in your home setting.

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