Looking to update your interior design with some new home furnishings? Shopping is great fun, but it can also be a challenge – with so many furniture styles and options available, finding the right pieces to suit your needs takes time and effort.
Furniture is a big investment, and the last thing you want is to end up with buyer’s remorse. To ensure you end up buying pieces that you’ll love for years to come, avoid making these mistakes when shopping for home furnishings.
Mistake #1: Shopping Online
Online furniture shopping is certainly convenient, but buying home furnishings over the internet often leads to regrets.
When you shop for furniture at a brick-and-mortar store, you can examine the pieces to verify their quality and comfort. And, you can easily make the right color choices. Not so when you shop online – and if you aren’t pleased with your furniture purchase, you could be on the hook for return shipping and restocking fees.
Mistake #2: Forgetting to Measure
All too often, people buy new furniture that doesn’t actually fit in their home – and they don’t discover that fact until delivery day.
This headache is entirely preventable if you head to the home furnishings store armed with measurements of your rooms, doorways, hallways and stairwells. That way, you can measure the furniture in the store and make sure it will fit before making a purchase.
Mistake #3: Ignoring Scale
The size of your furniture is important, but so is scale. A larger room can handle home furnishings that are larger in scale, but those same pieces would look out of proportion in a small space.
For a clear picture of how much space certain furniture will take up in room, make a scale drawing of the room and bring it to the store. Note the dimensions of any pieces you’re considering and check your drawing to make sure they’re in proportion to the space.
Mistake #4: Choosing Trends over Practicality
Home décor trends come and go, and basing your furniture choices on the latest fads is likely to result in buyer’s remorse.
Instead, invest in pieces that are durable, comfortable and practical for your lifestyle. Go this route, and you’ll end up with furniture that remains dependable and appealing for years to come. Leave the trends to your decorative accessories – you’ll want to switch those out more often, anyway.
Mistake #5: Avoiding the Furniture Store Staff
Salespeople often have a reputation for being pushy and aggressive, but the furniture store staff really just want every customer to be happy with their purchases,
Browse on your own, then seek out assistance with your furniture shopping, The staff can point out options within your budget and give you suggestions on choosing the right home furnishings to suit your style and functional needs. You might be surprised at just how helpful the staff can be!
Now that you know the pitfalls to avoid, head to Guild Hall Home Furnishings to find the perfect furniture. Our professional interior design team can help make sure you don’t make mistakes with your home décor. When you’re ready to begin shopping for home furnishings, come visit our furniture showroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.