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|Furniture Shopping: Your Taste, Lifestyle & Budget |
The first concern when furniture shopping is to buy something you will enjoy. And full enjoyment of your new furniture means considering your taste, lifestyle and budget.
Taste is completely a matter of your individual preference. You may adore elegant formal furniture styles or sharp modern designs. If you're not sure about your preferences, look through decorating magazines, local furniture stores, and furniture web sites to find styles you like. Advance consideration of the furniture styles and designs that attract you will narrow your choices and help in finding the right pieces for your home when furniture shopping.
Your lifestyle must also be taken into consideration when furniture shopping. Consider what kind of wear and use your furniture will be subject to. If it's going to get gentle or occasional use a white damask sofa may be perfect. On the other hand, if you or members of your family live and eat on the sofa, you may want something more resistant to harder use. If toddlers and teens are on the scene, durability and easy cleaning becomes even more important.
Everyone wants their furniture to last a long time, however, that factor is largely determined by who uses the furniture and how they use it. The type of care a piece of furniture receives and the use it takes will greatly determine its serviceable life. Even the most expensive and the most durable furniture can wear out sooner than expected from hard use. Take an honest look at what your needs are and make a list. It's much easier to prioritize from a written list than to wander into a furniture store with no idea what you are looking for.
When furniture shopping be realistic about what you really need and what you can afford. As you may already be aware, prices can vary widely, and are often tied to the quality of the piece. You may really like the design and quality of a $4,000 dining room set, but you may find that a much less expensive set still satisfies your taste and needs. Even if you can afford the most expensive items they may not be the most practical for your lifestyle or use in some cases. However, as a general rule, you should always buy the best furniture you can afford if you plan on having a piece for a long time. A small accent table for example, can cost form $100 to well over $1,500, but if it's going to go in a corner to display a piece of pottery its looks may be more important than the actual quality of the piece.
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